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November 18th 2013, 9:26 am PT

More Details on the Machinima Xbox One App

You may recall last month’s unveiling of Machinima’s Xbox One experience — you’ll soon be able to access tips, tricks, and strategies via Machinima Wingman while you play.

 

Today, we are announcing the official list of Machinima Wingman videos (more than 30 at launch!) as well as unique media achievements tied to the app.

For a list of supported launch titles and a sneak peek at these Machinima achievements, head on over to Major Nelson’s post on Xbox Wire.

 

November 18th 2013 at 9:26 am | Kinect, Xbox One | 53 comments

October 2nd 2013, 11:03 am PT

How time-of-flight sensing works in Xbox One’s Kinect

Good read if you want to learn more about the technology behind the new Kinect

   
   

October 2nd 2013 at 11:03 am | Kinect, Xbox One | 120 comments

February 4th 2013, 11:03 am PT

Dead Space 3 Kinect Commands

Dead Space 3 ships this week (The demo hit Xbox LIVE last month) and EA sent over the below PDF cheat that will help you in both the Single and Co-Op.

You can download the 324.55 KB PDF here.

 

 

 

   
   

February 4th 2013 at 11:03 am | Kinect | 13 comments

December 20th 2012, 11:07 am PT

Dead Space 3: Co-op, Kinect Integration and more

I had a chance to speak with Steve Papoutsis, the Executive Producer for the Dead Space Franchise about Dead Space 3 coming in February.

December 20th 2012 at 11:07 am | Kinect, Xbox 360 | 18 comments

December 4th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Nike+ Kinect Training News: Xbox 360 Bundle, New Workouts & More

Today we are officially announcing the Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle that will begin appearing at major U.S. retailers

The Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle includes a 4G Xbox 360 console, Kinect sensor, a copy of “Nike+ Kinect Training” and a one-month Xbox LIVE Gold membership for $249.99*.

Available at major U.S. retailers while supplies last.

“Nike+ Kinect Training” will be available for Download on Xbox LIVE Dec. 25.
You can skip the post-holiday shopping crowds and download the full version of “Nike+ Kinect Training” directly to your Xbox 360. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace beginning Dec. 25 for $49.99/4,000 MS points.

“Fast and Focused: 15-Minute Upper Body & Core Workout” Add-On Content Launches Dec. 26
The “Fast and Focused: Upper Body and Core Pack” is a 15-minute workout with personalized drills to target your upper body while burning calories. This add-on content integrates with your ongoing “Nike+ Kinect Training” program, adding new, challenging drills as you progress through your workout. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace beginning Dec. 26 for $4.99/400 MS points.

* Estimated retail price. $50.00 off Holiday Price Promotion ends Jan. 5.

December 4th 2012 at 6:00 am | Kinect, Xbox 360 | 28 comments

November 29th 2012, 11:32 am PT

Season 2 of “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” announced

Today we are announcing announced that season two of “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” will begin on January 7, 2013

Eight additional episodes for each title means even more interactive content and opportunities for their families to jump inside their favorite television shows and engage, interact and learn in ways only available through Kinect for Xbox 360. “Kinect Nat Geo TV” season two will be hosted by reptile expert and host of Nat Geo WILD’s “Dangerous Encounters,” Brady Barr.

Season two of “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” will each cost $29.99 USD/2400 MS points for the eight 30-minute episodes and will be available via download when you purchase a Season’s Pass on Xbox LIVE. Individual episodes can also be purchased for $4.99 USD/400 MS points.

November 29th 2012 at 11:32 am | Kinect, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 8 comments

October 26th 2012, 4:52 am PT

Arcade: Home Run Stars

Home Run StarsContent: Home Run Stars
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Step up to the plate and swing for the fence in Home Run Stars, featuring Avatar Fame Star! Progress through the League mode through all three unique stadiums! Each one features a vast number of spectacular targets to aim for and earn big points. Compete with your friends in multiplayer for the highest score. Use your device supported by SmartGlass to compete in a Duel with a friend!

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Note: You’ll need a Kinect sensor to play this demo

October 26th 2012 at 4:52 am | Arcade, Kinect, Marketplace | 5 comments

October 17th 2012, 5:42 am PT

Arcade: Intel Discovered

Intel DiscoveredContent: Intel Discovered
Price: Free
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Do you have what it takes to be a superstar? Get schooled by Chris Evans on the secrets of the action hero. Get styled and learn how to work the runway with Chanel Iman. Rock the party with Redfoo of LMFAO. Live video play puts you in the action: punch, jab, kick, jump — pose, smile — surf the crowd. Pass these celebrity tests and you’ll be slated for stardom. Share the custom movie poster of you and Evans, and your magazine cover shot, with your friends.

Add the free game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

October 17th 2012 at 5:42 am | Arcade, Free, Kinect, Marketplace | 12 comments

September 30th 2012, 6:16 pm PT

Demo: Dance Central 3

Dance Central™ 3Content: Dance Central 3 Demo
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: The #1-selling dance franchise for Kinect™ is back with new features and an electrifying soundtrack featuring 40+ new tracks! From ‘70s disco grooves to current chart-topping dance hits, Dance Central™ 3 will have you mastering the biggest dance crazes of the past and the hottest moves of today. With brand-new, party-ready multiplayer modes, “Beginner” difficulty, and an epic Story mode, it’s the biggest dance game yet. Get ready to own the dance floor with Dance Central 3 — only on Kinect for Xbox 360

 

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Note: You’ll need a Kinect sensor to play this demo

September 30th 2012 at 6:16 pm | Demo, Kinect, Marketplace | 6 comments

September 30th 2012, 2:33 pm PT

Demo: Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth

Marvel Avengers™: Battle for EarthContent: Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Demo
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Exciting single player demo featuring 4 of your favourite Super Heroes from Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth.

 

 

 

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Note: You’ll need a Kinect sensor to play this demo

September 30th 2012 at 2:33 pm | Demo, Kinect, Marketplace | 3 comments

September 26th 2012, 10:53 am PT

Dance Central Game Add-ons discounted for a limited time

Dance Central 3 box

To get ready for the launch of Dance Central 3 next month, Harmonix has discounted the ENTIRE library of DC add-ons. For a  limited time, all singles and bundles are discounted with big savings. I’ve Put the full list of content and discounts below, so head on over to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and load up on the deals.

 

 

 

 

Standard Price Discount Price %
Dance Pack 01 pack 960 480 50%
Dance Pack 02 pack 960 480 50%
Dance Pack 03 pack 960 480 50%
Dance Pack 04 pack 960 480 50%
The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" single 240 160 33%
Marathon Pack pack 3360 1400 58%
Pack 05 pack 480 360 25%
Pack 06 pack 960 720 25%
Pack 07 pack 960 720 25%
Marathon Pack 02 pack 3600 1500 58%
2 Lady Gaga Dance Pack 01 pack 440 240 45%
2 Rihanna Dance Pack 01 pack 640 360 44%
2 Janet Jackson Dance Pack 01 pack 440 240 45%
2 Pack 08 pack 1440 720 50%
2 Pack 09 pack 1200 600 50%
2 Pack 10 pack 960 480 50%
2 Pack 11 pack 2160 1080 50%
2 A Tribe Called Quest "Scenario" single 240 160 33%
Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force "Planet Rock" single 240 160 33%
Amerie "Heard Em All" single 240 160 33%
Blur "Girls & Boys" single 240 160 33%
2 Busta Rhymes "Don’t Touch Me" single 240 160 33%
2 C+C Music Factory "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance…)" 240 160 33%
Cameo "Word Up" single 240 160 33%
2 Cee Lo Green "Forget You" single 240 160 33%
Chic "Le Freak" single 240 160 33%
2 Chris Brown "Yeah 3x" single 240 160 33%
Dem Franchize Boyz "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" single 240 160 33%
2 Demi Lovato "La La Land" single 240 160 33%
2 Diddy-Dirty Money "Hello Good Morning" single 240 160 33%
Fatboy Slim "Weapon of Choice" single 240 160 33%
Fergie "Fergalicious" single 240 160 33%
2 Flo Rida "Low" single 240 160 33%
Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl" single 240 160 33%
2 Iyaz "Replay" single 240 160 33%
James Brown "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" single 240 160 33%
Janet Jackson "Control" single 240 160 33%
2 Janet Jackson "Escapade" single 240 160 33%
2 Janet Jackson "Nasty" single 240 160 33%
2 Jeremih ft. 50 Cent "Down On Me" single 240 160 33%
Justice "D.A.N.C.E." single 240 160 33%
2 Justin Bieber "Never Say Never" single 240 160 33%
2 Kat DeLuna "Whine Up" single 240 160 33%
2 Kelis "Milkshake" single 240 160 33%
2 Kelly Rowland ft. David Guetta "Commander" single 240 160 33%
Keri Hilson "Turnin Me On" single 240 160 33%
2 Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil’ Wayne "Let It Rock" single 240 160 33%
2 Lady Gaga "Marry the Night" single 240 160 33%
2 Lady Gaga "The Edge of Glory" single 240 160 33%
Lady Sovereign "I Got You Dancing" single 240 160 33%
Lloyd "Get It Shawty" single 240 160 33%
2 LMFAO "Party Rock Anthem" single 240 160 33%
2 Michael Franti & Spearhead "Say Hey (I Love You)" single 240 160 33%
Missy Elliott "We Run This" single 240 160 33%
N.E.R.D "Lapdance" 240 160 33%
2 Naughty By Nature "O.P.P." 240 160 33%
Ne-Yo "Because of You" single 240 160 33%
2 Ne-Yo "Closer" single 240 160 33%
2 Nelly "Hot In Herre" single 240 160 33%
2 Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland "Promiscuous" single 240 160 33%
Paula Abdul "Straight Up" single 240 160 33%
2 Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer "Give Me Everything" single 240 160 33%
Pussycat Dolls "Don’t Cha" single 240 160 33%
Rick James "Super Freak" single 240 160 33%
Rihanna "Disturbia" single 240 160 33%
Dance Cetnral 2 Rihanna "Only Girl (In The World)" single 240 160 33%
2 Rihanna "S&M" single 240 160 33%
2 Rihanna "What’s My Name?" single 240 160 33%
Rupee "Tempted to Touch" single 240 160 33%
Sean Paul "Temperature" single 240 160 33%
Sean Paul "Get Busy" single 240 160 33%
2 Selena Gomez & the Scene "Round & Round" single 240 160 33%
Snow "Informer" single 240 160 33%
2 Spice Girls "Spice Up Your Life" single 240 160 33%
Tag Team "Whoomp! (There It Is)" single 240 160 33%
Taio Cruz "Break Your Heart" single 240 160 33%
Timbaland "The Way I Are" single 240 160 33%
Tone Lōc "Wild Thing" single 240 160 33%
Trey Songz "Say Aah" single 240 160 33%
2 Yolanda Be Cool "We No Speak Americano" single 240 160 33%

Edit: Fixed Savings Percentage

September 26th 2012 at 10:53 am | Game Add-on, Kinect, Marketplace | 7 comments

September 18th 2012, 6:55 am PT

Demo: Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection

KS Ultimate Content: Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: (This ultimate collection has two best-selling* Kinect™ games wrapped into one – putting 13 great sporting games at your fingertips. So grab your friends and compete for a personal best or jump in and out of the action in team Party Mode! Anyone can play in these controller-free, full-body sports games. With your body as the controller, nothing comes between you and the action! *Best-selling based on U.S. sales as of March 2012, reported by the NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service.

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Note: You’ll need a Kinect sensor to play this demo

September 18th 2012 at 6:55 am | Demo, Kinect, Marketplace | 13 comments

September 10th 2012, 7:03 am PT

Demo: Harry Potter for Kinect

Harry Potter™ for Kinect™Content: Harry Potter for Kinect
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Experience Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before in the all-new Harry Potter for Kinect video game exclusively on KINECT™ for Xbox 360®. Using KINECT capability, scan your face to create a wizard avatar that looks like you – and then play with that avatar in the game.

 

 

Add the demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

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Note: You’ll need a Kinect sensor to play this demo

September 10th 2012 at 7:03 am | Demo, Kinect, Marketplace | 9 comments

August 22nd 2012, 9:00 am PT

Kinect Price Drop

Now cheaper!

Today we are announcing a new price for Kinect. The new permanently reduced price will be US $109.99 in US. There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold. Additionally, on October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand.

The final retail price will vary in each region based on the currency and other variables

There are no price drop plans for EMEA and Japan.

August 22nd 2012 at 9:00 am | Kinect | 58 comments

July 24th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Nike+ Kinect Training, Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV dates announced

Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV will be US $29.99 each and available Sept 18th.
Some additional  information about the two-way interactive programming from the press release we sent out today:

With these all new 2-way TV experiences from Kinect for Xbox 360, your child can now jump inside his or her favorite television shows and engage, interact and learn like never before. “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” will each cost $29.99 USD/2400 MS points for eight 30-minute episodes and will be available at your local retailers and also via download when you purchase a Season’s Pass on Xbox LIVE. Individual episodes can also be purchased for $4.99 USD/400 MS points

We also announced that Nike+ Kinect Training is US $49.99 and available October 30th.

Update: Corrected pricing for Sesame Street and Nat Geo

July 24th 2012 at 6:00 am | Kinect | 26 comments

July 16th 2012, 2:32 pm PT

Kinect: Mars Rover Landing

Mars Rover LandingOn August 6th the Curiosity Rover will set down and begin it’s exploration of the the fourth planet from the Sun. Why wait though! Try and control NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity yourself with this official NASA KINECT game that is now available in Kinect Fun Labs?

It’s a free download that should keep you occupied until the real thing happens in a few weeks.

 

More details on the game and your mission are it over at NASA

July 16th 2012 at 2:32 pm | Kinect | 41 comments

July 10th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Kinect PlayFit launches today

I wanted to give you a heads up that Kinect PlayFit launched today on Xbox LIVE as a free download for all Xbox LIVE members in the US. It will be launching outside the US later this week. 

Here are the details from the press notice we sent out today:

Kinect PlayFit is a new fitness dashboard that aggregates and tracks the calories you burn as you play a variety of Kinect games, from “Dance Central 2” to “Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012” to “Kinect Star Wars.”

Kinect PlayFit lets you view your personal stats over time and see leaderboards that show how you rank against Xbox LIVE members across the globe.  Get credit for the calories you burn while having fun with Kinect, and earn Kinect PlayFit Achievements, Gamerscore and Avatar Awards.

Kinect PlayFit inspires an active and healthy lifestyle through fun and play:

  • First of Its Kind – This is the first ever fitness tracking application on a video game console.
  • Social Motivation – Kinect PlayFit keeps it social with activity challenges, rankings on leaderboards and integration with the Xbox LIVE community to break a sweat together.
  • Survey Says – According to a recent survey*nearly 75 percent of respondents believe that video games should include a component that encourages physical activity. Also, 70 percent said that physically active video games can complement or supplement traditional exercise.

 

As noted above, it is launching in the US today and will launch in other regions later this week.

July 10th 2012 at 6:00 am | Kinect, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | No comments

June 26th 2012, 10:59 am PT

XBLA’s Kinect Adventure game ‘Haunt’ free for a limited time!

Haunt
As part of a new dashboard feature that launched today in the US called ‘Kinect Central’ -  the Xbox LIVE Arcade title ‘Haunt’ will be FREE for a limited time!  This promotion runs in the US from Tuesday, June 26th through Monday, July 2nd and can only be accessed on the new ‘Kinect Central’ homepage on your dashboard.  So head on over and get your free game.

 

 

June 26th 2012 at 10:59 am | Free, Kinect | 123 comments

June 5th 2012, 8:03 am PT

$99 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect coming to more retailers later this month

A few weeks ago you may have heard that Microsoft began a pilot program to test a new retail model for the Xbox 360. The program, which we have been testing at Microsoft Stores in the U.S., offers customers the chance to purchase a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect and a two-year LIVE subscription with a low upfront cost of $99, and 24 months of Xbox LIVE Gold at $14.99 per month.

Today, I’m happy to announce that we’re expanding the pilot to all U.S. Best Buy stores and select GameStop locations later this month. This next phase of the pilot program will be limited in terms of both timing and the number of units available—we’re excited to forge new ground and explore a new retail model for Xbox 360, but also want to emphasize that this is a pilot period for the program.

Call your local Best Buy, GameStop or Microsoft Store if you’d like more information about how and where to purchase.

June 5th 2012 at 8:03 am | Kinect, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 54 comments

May 1st 2012, 9:09 am PT

Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 now available

The next time you sign into Xbox LIVE while playing Skyrim, you’ll be prompted for a mandatory title update. This title update brings Kinect support to Skyim.  Adding a new dimension to Skyrim’s gameplay, the Kinect for Xbox 360 integration offers Voice Commands throughout the game including Dragon Shouts, Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus (Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container, Favorites, and Skills). With Voice Commands, quickly create and load saves during gameplay and access menus and inventories. Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 Support also adds new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value. A full list of English commands in PDF format can be found here.

May 1st 2012 at 9:09 am | Kinect, Xbox Live | 12 comments

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