January 29th 2014 10:04 am PT

Race for Your Nation in Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason

Starting February 1st, players can compete to represent their country in Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason, a free download for Xbox One. At the end of the month, the world’s best racers will receive special metallic wake racers, and the players from the winning nation will unlock a special wake racer inspired by that country’s flag. There are also daily challenges for everyone to earn points and unlock prizes that they can take into the full game of Kinect Sports Rivals when it launches. Find all the details and download links over on Xbox Wire.

Kinect Sports Rivals Gold Wake Racer

With the stakes set, we asked KSR developer Rare for some tips to trim your top time:

  • If you grab the throttle just before GO you can get a boost start to the race
  • Experiment to find the best course through the race, it isn’t always obvious…
  • You can get an extra kick when steering hard into a corner by letting go of the throttle then quickly grabbing it again
  • You can trick over the big waves, just lean forwards or backwards to flip!
  • You lose speed when you turn a lot so try to find a good racing line with gentle corners
  • When you are doing a flip, try taking one or both hands off to get extra points and fill your power up more quickly!

Those tips should get you off the line quickly, so get racing. Humming your national anthem during the race is optional, but recommended.

Gaming By Jeff Rubenstein

  • StormRaging

    “Starting tomorrow, February 1st,”

    Did I lose a few days? Last I checked tomorrow was Jan 30th.

    • Jeff Rubenstein

      Fixed! Guess I just can’t wait for January to be over?

      • StormRaging

        I’m just waiting for winter to be over!!!

      • Lucky13X

        Thanks for updating the post. Sorry for some of my comments. You just made it too easy for us to get a jab at you Jeff.

  • Swat

    Learn your months! It’s February that doesn’t have 30th/31st, not January.

    • Lucky13X

      Major and his Illuminati friends must be looking to change our calendar again. ;-)

  • deadbox102

    Yea, February starts tomorrow! Oh wait.

  • Lucky13X

    I think you meant Starting Saturday. You’re a few days ahead Major.

  • GmailIsDown

    anyone else having trouble with Kinect controls in this game? i realized that when i wear something with bright colors and stripes Kinect sometimes has a hard time recognizing my gestures in this game, especially the gesture used to accelerate the ship. when i wear something more uniform and grayish, the Kinect controls work great.

    maybe i got a bad Kinect?

  • Moake

    i’ll enter for Belgium…oh wait

  • Looty

    After EVERY race, I get first place and its says I was logged out, leaving my progress erased. very frustrating

    • Looty

      it’s not my internet either. im at a steady 58-60 Mbps

      • GmailIsDown

        is your wifi signal stable? it is not about the speed but how stable it is.

        if you play other games online on your xbox one do you get kicked out from time to time?

        • Looty

          Yep, I use a wired connection. I never get kicked from anything else, ever.

          • GmailIsDown

            can your xbox one recognize you and log you in automatically each time you turn on the console or you have to manually log in? maybe at the end of the game it mistook you for maybe another person.

          • Looty

            lol. nope, no problems logging in. I think it may be a state farm thing. I’m not a good neighbor.

      • evilfangs .

        When you go to your network in settings how many bars does it show and what speeds / ping and signal strength do you get when you click on detailed network statistics?

        • Looty

          I’ve got full strength. it only happens on the kinect demo. thanks tho

          • evilfangs .

            If you have full strength and everything else is fine then it must be the game then and I haven’t played any Kinect demo so I can’t help with your problem, sorry.

  • joevsyou

    OOO a Downloadble content for FREE “”demo” that is covered in state farm ad’s….
    YA keep that

  • Nathanzz

    Sounds like fun. Sadly I can’t get my AV stack close enough to my TV for the Kinect cable to cover the distance, so such things remain, quite literally, out of reach.
    Any word on an extension (or extended) cable for Kinect 2.0?

  • fwdkiller

    It took xbox 20 minute to auto log me in lol ps4 3 secs tops.

    • Jun284

      It also took you 3 seconds to log off PS4, due to lack of games. What’s the population of Killzone SF mp at the moment? LOL.

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        you do know that cod and bf4 are on ps4 as well don’t you. lol its not like they only can play killzone and nothing else. killzone is so meh. tell it to someone who doesn’t know.

      • ryder4life22187

        Xbox has lack of games as well. Only decent looking game Killer Instinct.

      • fwdkiller

        Play bf4 on ps4 and tell me if it boots you dashboard lmao like the xboner 1.

        • Nick Peck

          The ps4 version likes to stick at the black screen while loading and just sticking there which means you have to dump out of it and start the game over again. Then there is the horrible rubber banding that the XBO doesn’t seem to have.
          The ps4 version does not run all that great either lol, so nice try… again.

    • Nick Peck

      Maybe you are to ugly and the camera isn’t really sure what to do with that mess? Mine logs me in in about 3 sec. I have seen people put up stuffed animals and it logs random people in on the ps4, good stuff.

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      i have not played the x1 ver. yet b/c gamefly sent me ps4 version but i have had no problems playing 1 to 2 hours but i have never played past that point so maybe that is where the problems arise for some.

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    i am very on the fence about this game. still feels like old kinect to me but I don’t really like kinect so maybe that is hindering everything.

  • fwdkiller

    Honestly if xbox one had features like 360 does i wouldn’t of sold it, as of now u gotta wait 6 to 24 months for the update that’s their way of saying screw you should of bought ps4 like 5 million others did.

    • Nick Peck

      Like I said to you on another site, I highly doubt you even had one, but since you don’t own it, why are you even here? No one cares. I have a ps4 and there is nothing to play on it, at all. they have second son and that’s about it for first party AAA games for the year (The Order may be slipping into 2015).

      Sony has had a firmware update and has more on the way as they slowly add in features that SHOULD have been there from launch. Sony did the same stuff buddy, best to learn the facts before looking like a total moron, but that’s to late for you.

      • ElektroDragon

        Nothing to play on it? How about the superior version of AC IV? Been playing that on my PS4 and haven’t powered on my X1 in weeks.

      • WARLORD

        Let see this year ps4 will have the superior version of just about all 3rd party games…exclusives with games like destiny and watchdogs…Along with inFAMOUS Second Son, DRIVECLUB, and maybe The Order: 1886.
        The only game to look forward to this year on xbox one is titanfall.

  • Ross Kemp

    PS4 gets the brilliant Outlast for free , Xbox gets this . Derp .

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      not to mention ps3 gets metro last light payday 2 and remember me.

  • kvfive

    When is the friggin’ update coming ??? It’s ok to communicate with your customers MS, really it is.

    • fwdkiller

      Never…

    • Gazza!!!

      Apparently March but nothing officially confirmed.

    • Death Dealer

      After March 11th is likely. It’s probably going to implement many of the Windows 8.1 GDR1 performance enhancing fixes too.

      • kvfive

        Cool, thank you :) I so hope they’ve (M$) listened to what people want fixing…. surprise us all eh !

    • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

      I agree 100%. I’m very frustrated. It’s inexcusable that the console shipped without features that were made standard long ago with the 360. And it’s inexcusable that MS isn’t communicating with customers, we have a right to expect some feedback.

      • kvfive

        The lack of communication is what frustrates me most, if this update in March (should be sooner I think) doesn’t fix the main issues, I’m done with this XB1 :-(

  • m1nh0ca

    Playing this demo I’d say I expected more of the new Kinect…

  • Zcrisis2

    My problem with this game is that I can’t play it as when it loads up all I get is, Please clear the space or kinect can not see the floor, I can clearly see the floor and that there is nothing other than myself in the view of the camera when I go into the settings, I’ve tried everything, moving kinect, re-configuring the kinect and still I am unable to play this game.

    • Gazza!!!

      I have the same issue. Even my 360 Kinect works in the same space.

      • Zcrisis2

        My 360 kinect works in the space and my Xbox One Kinect works fine with all my other games including the Xbox Fitness, it just seems to be this game it has the problem with.

  • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

    Yeah, because the real gamers at Microsoft who made the console knew all of us were just dying for more crappy motion control games!

    When is the update? What exactly is it fixing and how? Is it going to include support for existing surround sound headphones???? MS needs to communicate with it’s customers, they are currently doing a terrible job.

    Oh by the way, why don’t you guys stop with the corporate double talk. Social features that are hidden or hard to use?!?!? Try non existent or just plain broken!

    Oh, and 3 operating systems that require huge system resources, as well as huge system resources devoted to the Kinect that none of us gamers wanted to begin with. What genius gamers who helped develop this system didn’t realize that this would have a direct effect on the quality of the games?

    Just in case there is anybody at MS that isn’t completely tone deaf let me just say that, resolution and frame rate matter! It’s not just a small thing that people are making too much of.

    • Michael Burden

      Really, speak for yourself as some of us do welcome an improved Kinect and the extras it brings to gameplay. Don’t presume that everyone shares your limited view.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        I do speak for myself. And I speak for the friends I know who also feel the same way I do. It’s not an odd view for people not to like Kinect, I’m not sure why it would be upsetting to you.

        My limited view? you know very little about my view on anything, you just sound buthurt because I dared to criticize the console you chose and therefore didn’t validate your feelings. I’ve been an Xbox customer for a very long time and my issues with the system are legitimate.

        I have every right to ask MS about them and when I can expect them to be addressed.

        • Michael Burden

          Stating thing like “the Kinect that none of us gamers wanted to begin with” IS being presumptuous on your part as myself and many others are enjoying the features Kinect brings and are hoping for more. That alone is attempting to speak for the whole gaming community, which you do not represent (hence my comment). Your view IS limited as you state you are basing your argument on YOUR opinion and your friends which does not entail all or even most gamers. You also are being presumptuous in your statement to Nick above ASSUMING that you have been gaming longer than him, yet you know nothing about him (an argument you yourself just threw around). Meanwhile I am fairly sure I have been gaming many years longer than you and probably old enough to be your father, possibly grandfather based on the (lack of) maturity level you are showing here.

          Yes you can voice your displeasure, but don’t presume everyone shares your opinion. Yes there are some issues with the system that needs to be addressed and will be in short time. So once again, speak for your self and don’t presume everyone shares the same opinion as you because it makes you look like a fool.

    • Nick Peck

      Have you ever bought a new product on launch before? If so you would know that it takes some time to gather up information for fixes, additions and other assorted updates.

      Sorry everything isn’t perfect for you when you want it…. :|

      Most of the stuff you are crying about is getting worked on for the update. Learn some patience, it will do you some good in real life. The ps4 is missing a lot of “normal” features as well, stuff happens.

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        yep. just like with the nintendo and the snes and the dreamcast….oh wait. fyi i do agree with you also but i just wanted to throw that in there. however, it may be an unfair comparison because the technology was not were it was today so all in all my comment is redundant.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        1: I’ve probably been gaming a lot longer than you have, I’ve been with MS since the first Xbox and have been on Xbox Live for 10 years now. I purchased a 360 at launch. While I understand that features and functions can evolve over the life of the console I still find it unacceptable that this console doesn’t even have the features and functions of it’s predecessor. Party functions and chat functions have become a standard for online gaming with Xbox Live and not having them on the new console is simply unacceptable and as a customer I want to know when they’re going to be fixed.

        2: Patience isn’t an issue for me kid, Not crying either. I’m just an unsatisfied customer expressing my displeasure with the product and asking the company when exactly these very glaring issues will be fixed.

        3: Sorry boy, graphics matter! Higher resolution equals sharper detail and higher frame rates make it all appear smooth and natural. What’s clear is that the new Xbox simply can’t compete with the PS4 as far as graphical fidelity goes. Like I mentioned before, that will mean that all the multiplatform games going forward are simply going to look better on the PS4, noticeably better.

        4: I would agree with you that PS4 doesn’t have a lot in the way of games right now but I will need to be buying one in the future. I’m a little miffed that I have to do that but if I want to play 3rd party games I’m going to want the console version that looks better, and that won’t be the Xbox One version. Too bad.

        5: I hope Titanfall is good!

      • kvfive

        Nick, your extremely passionate when it comes to defending MS… Just saying !

    • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

      A lot of things will be improved with the update. I guess it will came in march, together Windows 8.1 update one and Titanfall. So, just be a little more patient.

      Regarding frame rate and resolution I ask you a couple question? Did the fact of “the last of us” (the most acclaimed title of 2013) run at 720p/30fps ruin the experience of playing or prevent it of being one of the best titles of last year?

      Did the fact of Ryse run at 900p/30fps prevent it of being the most beautiful game of this gen at the moment?

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        1: The Last of Us is a last gen game! I didn’t buy it because I do most of my gaming on the 360 anyway. Standards have changed and it’s pretty darn clear that the Xbox One just isn’t able to pull off the same resolution and frame rates that the PS4 can. What does that mean? Glad you asked! That means that all multiplatform games going forward are going to look better on the PS4 than they do on Xbox One, noticeably better . Simple as that! And If I’m playing a game on Xbox One that just doesn’t look as good as it’s PS4 counterpart, yeah I may just wish I had the other version. Does that make the game less fun?…. Yes, it can!

        2: I shouldn’t have to be patient, it’s just unacceptable that this console would launch without the base standard features that the 360 has. It can’t even use surround headphones! Again, simply unacceptable.

        3: perhaps you work for MS and are paid to provide positive retorts to people who are either PS4 fans or Xbox One customers who are simply unhappy with what they have been sold. You’re comments about Ryse are word for word the PR spin Anthony Pinello spouted the other day. That’s his opinion, I don’t share it.

        • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

          1. Some multiplat last gen games performed better on Xbox 360. Maybe the standards have changed, but mine are just the same of “previous gen”: to have fun. And the game I most have fun these times was DR3 even it running at 720/30fps.

          2. of course I´m not satisfied with the lacking features, but they said they going to fix it, and I´m just waiting for it to judge…not whining everyday!

          3. LoL, wish I work for MS!and btw I agree with Penello about Ryse.

    • GmailIsDown

      i bought my 360 for the Kinect and i bought my Xbox One for the improved kinect. just because you CoD players don’t use it does not mean everyone else does not appreciate it.

      Sony’s PS4 camera is still no match of it. and games like Zumba are a lot fun.

  • Kieran

    Gears is my favourite game on x box 360, so naturally i like commenting about it. Unfortunately i don’t expect to see a new gears title till 2016-early 2017.

    I heard x box is considering porting the old halo’s to the x box 1. So why not Gears 3 Too?

    Microsoft could sell Gears 3 on xb1 , perhaps with some new DLC/ new maps preferably and only on xb1. This would generate more interest, don’t you think Microsoft?

  • ElektroDragon

    Yay?

  • Nate Welles

    Bring back Banjo-Kazooie then we’ll talk.

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    so…pong and space invaders are the gwg for Feb? oh yeah, hey everyone that felt left out when LocoCycle only went to the x1 are in luck. now you 360 owners will be able to waste your money on it as well. yay for mankind.

    • Nox

      lol how do you know?

  • Todd Wegman

    I am one of the few people that seems to want motion based games (IF they actually work), but Microsoft made a weaker system in order to include the Kinect and so far have little to show why we needed to pay $100 more for the One… We need more than Kinect Sports Rivals to justify the Kinect 2.0… I want a Kinect based golf game or reworked versions of Kinect games that can now actually work (all the time). I invested in Kinect 1 and feel burned again….

    • Michael Burden

      I’m with you on wanting more Kinect in games and was disappointed when KSR was delayed (but willing to wait to make sure it works right). I also agree about the golf – a realistic one not some arcady one (though I’s probably buy that too). What I would really like to see is a real time strategy game implement Kinect, or even a turn based one – this seems like the perfect application for Kinect if done right. It’s still early and I am sure we will see more coming in the near future and it is more likely since Microsoft is including it with every console.

    • Nox

      they need to add a plane sim game or a game like arma 3? just good games that can use kinect sensors

  • ryder4life22187

    Anybody hear what the next 2 GwG are going to be. Figured major would drop the news off by now.

    • Nox

      wait for tomorrow

 
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