The futility of comparing Xbox One to PS4

There is no direct comparison between the two consoles. You can't do it on features. You can't do it on games. You can't do it based on any objective criteria. You need to just pick one and play the hell out of it. Why is that so hard?

Three Xbox 360 2013 holiday bundles underwhelm

  A 250 GB, $299.99 version; a 4 GB with Kinect at $299.99; a $399.99 250 GB and Kinect monstrosity. They each include a select pack of less then stellar games. US retailers will offer a $50 rebate, but Microsoft is going to launch the Xbox One in November, and Sony has the PS4. Microsoft could have done better.

XBox One to launch with two bundle options: FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts

At the Gamescon Convention in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft announced plans to offer FIFA 14 in Europe for Xbox One pre-orders. The company also spoke about the slate of games that will be available at launch. Zumba Fitness is very unlikely, highly unlikely, to be in a bundle offering in a sign that Microsoft just doesn't get the XBox mom market.  

Video: Water surface becomes interactive touchscreen, via Kinect

Thanks to designtaxi.com for highlighting this one – water-based touch screens. They are dubbed an “immersive” experience, geddit? Apparently, the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo has prototyped an interactive touchscreen on the surface of water in a bath. Designed to provide digital entertainment during bath time, where users do not ...

Microsoft Reverses (Another) Anti-User Xbox One Policy

A Microsoft executive has confirmed that, contrary to earlier reports from the company, the upcoming Xbox One console will not require the Kinect sensor to be activated at all times after all. This change comes after a widespread backlash from gamers concerned about the privacy implications of an ...

Got a Kinect and a laptop? Get ready to 3D print

Scanning and 3D printing an object could become much simpler if 3D printing company Volumental is successful in crowdfunding the development of a web app which would allow users to scan and print 3D objects using nothing more than a Kinect sensor and a web browser.Though the company ...

Kinect autoload for players of Killer Instinct

At the EVO 2013 fighting game tournament, Microsoft revealed how Kinect will detect who is holding a controller and help automatically load a profile for its exclusive Xbox fighter game, Killer Instinct. Same event: Microsoft booed. Go figure.  

New tech uses WiFi for gesture control around the house

4 researchers at the University of Washington leverage wireless signals to enable whole-home sensing and recognition of human gestures. It's called WiSee. Not WiWillSee. WiSee.

Touch-based interfaces created with a wave of the hand

Researchers have previously demonstrated how a depth camera system, such as Microsoft's Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen.

Report: Former Xbox and Kincet teams shifted to smart watch duty

Microsoft is apparently taking its rumored smart watch quite seriously, as former members of Redmond's flagship Xbox and Kinect team are reportedly working on the device.

Xbox 720 controller remains the same

Sony may have redesigned its flagship controller for the upcoming Playstation 4 (PS4), but it seems as if Microsoft has chosen to leave its Xbox 360 controller mostly untouched.

NASA talks holodecks and motion-controlled rovers at GDC 2013

One of my all-time favorite science fiction series is Star Trek The Next Generation. And to be honest, I've always preferred the episodes where the holodeck played a major role in the storyline.

Microsoft open sources elements of Kinect

Proprietary software king Microsoft has open sourced some of the code for Kinect for Windows.

Alleged Kinect Xbox 720 (Next) specs leak

All attention may be focused on Sony's Playstation 4 console which is likely to make its debut today. However, these alleged Kinect 2.0 specs are probably worth checking out.

Microsoft's Kinect tapped for remote medicine

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock claim that Microsoft's Kinect game controller could cut the US healthcare bill by up to $30 billion - by allowing physicians and other medics to remotely interact with patients.

Xbox 720 (Next) multi-tasks with new Kinect

A new report claims Microsoft's Xbox 720 (Next) will ship with an updated version of Redmond's Kinect platform, which will apparently be capable of simultaneously tracking up to 6 individuals.

Xbox World leaks next-gen 720 details

We already know Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will boast advanced augmented reality capabilities, directional sound and a four-player finger-tracking Kinect (2.0).

Touch system provides 'an iPad on every wall'

A new touch-activated system projects onto walls and other surfaces and can recognize hand posture and gestures to identify individual users.

Video: Akimbo Kinect mod gets precise

I've often wondered if the folks at Microsoft ever seriously considered all the potential uses and mods its Kinect platform for the Xbox 360 would be subjected to.

Microsoft patents '3D living room'

Microsoft wants to turn your living room into a virtual gaming machine.