Folks, the Kinect lives! A new platformer called Fru just came out for the Xbox One’s motion sensor. It uses the sensor in a really clever way, as your body affects the layout of the 2D platformer. Take a look.
When Microsoft unbundled Kinect from the Xbox One in 2014, it was the beginning of the end. Unfortunately for the developers of Fru, the game they were building required Kinect. They were more than two years away from shipping. “We were shattered,” designer Mattia Traverso told me.
Last year, a pair of German artists claimed to have “stolen” scans of a priceless bust of Queen Nefertiti—housed in Berlin’s Neues Museum—using nothing but a Kinect. Now, experts are lining up to call bullshit.
In a home filled with technological marvels of all shapes and sizes, one piece of oft-derided hardware gets more love from my family and I than any other. Kinect, tell the nice people how much I cherish you.
So Microsoft's Kinect was a video gaming bust. Whatever. It's still got its uses. Like...helping police work on their "use of force options" against suspects. You know, whether to shout or shoot at a guy.
Even though Microsoft appears to have given up on Kinect as a serious gaming platform, the motion device still has some tricks up its sleeve. Programmer Paul DeCarlo found a way to play Mike Tyson's Punch-Out by waving his fists around, and it seems to work pretty darn well!
Internal developer documentation for the Xbox One appears to have leaked on the Internet—and after scanning through the files, it appears that there are some interesting things we can learn from it.
But only if you want to use Kinect.
Dubbed the ARES Sandtable, this U.S. Military prototype uses a Kinect, a projector, software, and sand to recreate real-world environments like never before.
It's been ages since I've exercised this much control over the music in a rhythm game, and I've never felt so sore after doing it.
Now, here's some Kinect functionality that I wouldn't mind in a video game. I could've used this when I reviewed that awful Steel Battalion game a while back.
Rumors of a Kinect-centric Gears of War game had been circulating for years after Microsoft introduced the motion-control sensor to the world. One game called Gears of War: Exile was confirmed as cancelled two years ago. But, what looks like footage of another gesture-based Gears game has surfaced. It… it doesn't look…
In June, Microsoft started selling the Xbox One without Kinect. In October, you'll be able to buy the Kinect on its own—but it'll cost you $150.
The new Xbox One Kinect isn't supposed to work on a PC. But hey, here it is.
Microsoft recently said that game developers will be able to get a little more power out of the Xbox One to make their games more visually impressive if they choose to forgo some Kinect features. What's the actual trade-off?
We've covered Fru before, and we'll cover Fru again, because Fru isn't just the best game I've ever seen on Kinect (sorry, Dance Central, though you're pretty good, too)...it's a game I really want to play.
Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul's latest role is starring in Xbox One ads. In them, he sits on the sofa, and, according to some, turns on strangers' Xbox One consoles. The nerve!
Looks like that Kinect game from Harmonix and Disney, Fantasia: Music Evolved, will finally arrive to Xbox One and 360 on October 21. Here's a new trailer to get you in the mood—it has the best singing vegetables you'll ever see. If you're into that sort of thing.
Okay, the Kinect you can find in Watch Dogs isn't called Kinect. It's called Kinekt, with a (second) K. But still: this is a pretty funny easter egg.
Microsoft's dream of a Kinect-controlled future has hit the skids. The Wii was basically a really, really long fad, and the Wii U just isn't taking off. Are cool, innovative game controllers on the way out? Not quite. They've just moved to new places, is all.