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Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason

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Kinect Sports Rivals Free Trial Experience Launches November 22

The Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason will run from November 22, 2013 until March 2014, and throughout this time, players will face monthly challenges with the chance to earn points and unlock rewards only available in Preseason.

Download the free trial experience anytime from November 22 thru November 30 and start earning points to unlock the special Founder player title, an exclusive Kinect Sports Rivals wetsuit and a Kinect Sports Rivals wake racer to commemorate the launch of Xbox One.

  • Players will compete against familiar faces – including a fully digital version of Major Nelson and AceyBongos who will step in as tough competition.
  • New monthly challenges with unique objectives and rewards will become available within the Kinect Sports Rivals Hub – some will be personal, some will be co-op, and some will pit nation against nation in a global battle for international fame. Each challenge will deliver its own exclusive rewards that will carry over to the full game when it launches next spring.
  • Complete every player challenge given and expand the fun by racing against a friend in the same room in split screen mode.
  • Enjoy an all-new track by rising band Youngblood Hawke. They recorded Collide just for Kinect Sports Rivals.

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Launching in spring of 2014, Kinect Sports Rivals is the next generation of the best-selling Kinect franchise, Kinect Sports. Kinect Sports Rivals brings favorite sports back in re-imagined ways, and delivers new sports and events made possible only with Xbox One’s revolutionary technology. Kinect Sports Rivals puts players in the game like never before, tracks their movements and expressions with incredible accuracy, and offers never-ending competition with friends and rivals.

Zumba Fitness World Party Coming To Xbox 360 In November

International publisher of video games, 505 Games, today announced thatZumba World Party, the latest installment of the  multi-million selling international fitness phenomenon will launch on November 22nd on Kinect for Xbox 360. The game will also be available for Xbox One, release date still to be confirmed.

Zumba Fitness World Party invites you to escape on a culturally rich fitness adventure around the world. Immerse yourself in the movement and music of exotic destinations in this fun, effective at-home workout packed with fitness features to maximize your results. Work your body to 40+ new high-energy routines and a world class soundtrack highlighted by Lady Gaga, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee. Zumba Fitness World Party also includes a new World Tour mode and brand new visual presentation that makes it feel as if you’re actually on location around the world with Zumba’s celebrity instructors.

Xbox Fitness For Xbox One Is On A Whole New Level

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The Xbox team has today lifted the lid on “Xbox Fitness,” a new online service built exclusively for Xbox One that takes the world’s most popular fitness videos and makes them interactive – to top it off it will be available for free with Xbox Live Gold memberships through to December 2014!

Using precision Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness can read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form. Xbox Fitness will deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance, highlight the most popular workouts among Xbox Fitness users, and offer a variety of workouts, from 10 to 60 minutes in length.

Xbox Fitness also helps you push yourself to work harder and stay motivated. Challenges are integrated into your workouts through Xbox Live, tracking your performance history and awards and delivering competitive social challenges. Take on your previous scores, challenge your friends to beat your performance and compare with the Xbox Fitness community.

Xbox Fitness will launch this holiday, just in time to get a jump-start on your New Year’s fitness resolution. With an Xbox Fitness Pass, included free with your Xbox Live Gold membership through December 2014, you’ll have unlimited access to the world’s best workouts, only on Xbox One.

Via Xbox Wire

Just Dance 2014 Track List Revealed

Ubisoft has recently unveiled the full tracklist for Just Dance 2014, which includes more than 45 top songs and features Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” The dance game franchise continues to include a variety of the hottest new songs and old school hits and this year is no exception.

Highlights this year include “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Kiss You” by One Direction, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams and “Starships” by Nicki Minaj. Just Dance 2014 has a range of top pop, rock, Hip-Hop, R&B and even funk songs. The complete tracklist:

  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) – ABBA
  • The Way – Ariana Grande Ft. Mac Miller
  • Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
  • Isidora – Bog Bog Orkestar
  • Fine China – Chris Brown
  • Limbo – Daddy Yankee
  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams
  • Moskau – Dancing Bros.
  • She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) – David Guetta Ft. Sia
  • Prince Ali – Disney’s Aladdin
  • It’s You – Duck Sauce
  • Turn Up The Love – Far East Movement Ft. Cover Drive
  • Alfonso Signorini (Eroe Nazionale) – Fedez
  • The Love Boat – Frankie Bostello
  • Careless Whisper – George Michael
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani Ft. Eve
  • Feel So Right – Imposs Ft. Konshens
  • Wild – Jessie J Ft. Big Sean
  • I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
  • C’mon – Ke$ha
  • Applause – Lady Gaga
  • Just Dance – Lady Gaga Ft. Colby O’Donis
  • Just A Gigolo – Louis Prima
  • Blame It On The Boogie – Mick Jackson
  • In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
  • Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj
  • Starships – Nicki Minaj
  • Troublemaker – Olly Murs Ft. Flo Rida
  • Kiss You – One Direction
  • Feel This Moment – Pitbull Ft. Christina Aguilera
  • Gentleman – PSY
  • Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
  • Maria – Ricky Martin
  • Where Have You Been – Rihanna
  • Candy – Robbie Williams
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Ft. Pharrell
  • 99 Luftballons – Rutschen Planeten
  • Miss Understood – Sammie
  • Nitro Bot – Sentai Express
  • Danse (Pop version) – TAL
  • Flashdance…What A Feeling – The Girly Team
  • Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In – The Sunlight Shakers
  • Y.M.C.A. – Village People
  • #thatPOWER – will.i.am Ft. Justin Bieber
  • Follow The Leader – Wisin & Yandel Ft. Jennifer Lopez

Just Dance 2014 will be released worldwide on all current platforms on October 4th in the United Kingdom and will be released on upcoming next-gen platforms at each console’s launch.

Fruit Ninja is Now Available on Windows Phone 8

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Fruit Ninja for Windows Phone 8 has landed out of nowhere. It’s already available on Windows Phone 7 devices for quite some time, but it’s appearance on the newer Windows Phone’s has come as a little surprise. You can download it right this minute by clicking this direct link to the marketplace, and unfortunately if you already own a Windows Phone 7 version you need to re-buy the game for the newer hardware! I haven’t yet tested if it doubles up on the Achievements though or applies them to the same game from your earlier version.

I am a lover of all things fruity, Banana’s and Strawberries, Pocket Fruity, fruit smoothies, fruit pastels, and even Fruit Ninja itself. It is a great way to pass the time and earn some extra Achievements whilst using your Windows Phone 8 on the bus, train, plane. You can’t beat mobile Xbox LIVE games to keep you entertained on the go. Once you get hooked on Fruit Ninja fro mobiles, you just will not want to put it down!

However, ff you do not own a Windows Phone device, but maybe instead you have Kinect – Fruit Ninja for Xbox 360 and Kinect is available on consoles. This version has now surpassed the One Million Downloads Milestone and is equally as mich fun. It expands the gamers experience with new gameplay modes and unlockable content too. Gamers can use their arms (and legs) to slice and swipe their way through the various game modes – Classic, Zen and Arcade – to become the ultimate Fruit Ninja. Fruit Ninja Kinect also has multiplayer functionality so Fruit Ninjas can slice side-by-side or challenge one another, but you will need to allow about 6ft space in the room.

More information about the Xbox 360 and Kinect Fruit Ninja can be found from Xbox.com – It’s worth a go if nothing else…

…go on give it a slice!

Kinect FreeFall Racers – Meet the Squirrels

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Deep Silver, with developers Rubicon Organization and Smoking Gun Interactive want you to meet the stars of their upcoming motion controlled racing game Freefall Racers for Kinect for Xbox 360. This week, three out of nine reckless racing squirrels from the game are revealed: Ace, Apex and Unna.

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Ace has decent all around racing abilities. He heroically leaps into any race and loves to perform dazzling aerial maneuvers – even if his abilities do not always match the legend in his head.

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Apex is confident and one of the best flying squirrels of all time, and often spends a lot of her time covering for Ace’s penchant for getting in over his head.

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Unna finds it hard to contain her enthusiasm for anything and loves to play, especially mid-air. She might not be the fastest of the squirrels but she can turn on a dime and collect adrenaline boosts quickly.

Each squirrel character makes every race feel different. You will encounter different power-ups and various elements of surprise while racing through demanding tracks. The easily learned controls and the competitive multiplayer mode makes Freefall Racers a fun arcade game for every age. Using Kinect, Freefall Racers offers a challenging and fun racing experience: gain adrenaline while doing audacious maneuvers and use it to get special boosts that will make the race even more exciting.

The game will be available exclusively on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft from September 6th, 2013 for $9.99 / €9,99 / £7.99

Ubisoft’s Xbox One Kinect Fighter Within Detailed Thanks To Google Cache

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Up until now information on Ubisoft’s Xbox One Kinect title ‘Fighter Within’ was pretty slim – but now thanks to the power of the world wide web and the ever caching Google, wonder no more! Fighter Within, is described as the next-gen game that provides you the excitement of a real fight, throwing you into the most immersive total-body combat experience ever made. Enter a world of sweat, timing and training thanks to kick-ass motion recognition. Brawling with your friends will never feel the same again. Test your real fighting skills thanks to the next gen of motion recognition. The new Kinect technology arms Fighter Within with realistic fighting moves using unprecedented 1 to 1 precision movement tracking.

Enter a brutal, physical and liberating world. New-gen jaw-dropping graphics, real-time wounds, sweat & facial impacts, extreme arenas environments, primal animations… The new Xbox One Kinect allows you to dive into a unique realistic experience and feel the fight. All you expect from a next gen fighting game is there.

Earn your bragging rights over your friends by proving your real fighting skills!

True friends don’t pull their punches: Let off some steam and earn your bragging rights over your best mates in ultra-raw fighting sessions. New Kinect’s power dramatically improves the multiplayer experience, allowing you to invite and defy your friends over a good fight right in your living room, or to compete online against the world to become the ultimate fighter.

Reveal your abilities: Kicks, punches, counters, throws, combos, special moves, everything you expect from a fighting game is there: Execute precise and amazing combos thanks to the new Kinect and use the huge diversity of gameplay to choose between core combat or special attacks to destroy your opponents.

Think first, hit after: Skills are not enough to win a match, superior fighting tactics will give you the upper hand. Use your surroundings to your advantage, collect totems and position them wisely in the arena to power up your attacks, choose the right moves and signature attacks that will undermine your rival and finish him off with a devastating final blow.

Thanks to AGB for the information

Xbox One No Longer Requires Kinect

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Another reversal from Microsoft who is listening and really delivering on consumer feedback as part of what could be an initiative to further boost sales of the Xbox One console when it is released later this year. Kinect will no longer be a requirement and the console will function and work very well without it. This is in addition to a DRM Reversal, no longer needing to be online, as well as a wired headset being included with every Xbox One in the box!

Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten revealed that Xbox One owners will be able to use all of the console’s core functions regardless of whether the new Kinect sensor is connected during an Ask Microsoft Anything session with IGN. Due to the changes, player identification, voice commands, and all the extra features that Kinect can deliver will be disabled as a result, but players will still be able to play games and access entertainment content.

What will be interesting to know as a result of this reversal is if Microsoft are planning to release a Kinect-Free Bundle which will ultimately lower the RRP of the console price and put the console directly and firmly head to head with the cheaper PS4?

Maybe this years Gamescom Keynote speech will hold the answers.

We’ll keep you updated.

Source: IGN

Microsoft Files Patent for Augmented Reality Gaming Glasses

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Remember that leaked document that highlighted Microsoft’s plans for the future of gaming with a schedule of all things Xbox 720 (as it was then) back in June 2012. From the information it contained it seems a 2013 next-gen console release was always on the cards for a new console, with Kinect-Glasses coming in 2014. Now those very glasses are patent pending in the near future they could become a reality for enhanced gaming on the Xbox One console.

The patent as discovered by NeoGaf details a system for inviting players to participate in a multiplayer game via the glasses. In one example, a player receiving a user voice data as an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game, the glasses then receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program within it associates the invitation with the potential player using the eye-tracking information, the depth information, the facial recognition information, the potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or the potential player voice data. The program matches a potential player account with the potential player. The program receives an acceptance response from the potential player, and joins the potential player account with a user account in participating in the multiplayer game.

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With the impression from the detailed information above, it seems that the glasses are an enhancement into the way gamers play multiplayer games; being able to identify other gamers on LIVE by facial recognition and the ability to send and receive messages and invites.

When Microsoft formally announce more details and information – we’ll keep you posted.

Thanks Engadget

Xbox One – Import Your Face And Body Mass Onto Created Characters

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Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) of Xbox LIVE today at San Diego Comic Con moderated a panel of developers as they talked about new features for the upcoming Xbox One console. One great feature in particular that thisisxbox.com will highlight is the new features for Kinect 2.0.

Nick Burton, from Rare, had discussed how the fidelity had not been “quite there” in the previous generation of Kinect (meaning Xbox 360’s) and how it could only track about 20 points on the body. However, the new Kinect Sensor for Xbox One has 10x the resolution of the Xbox 360 Kinect and can read the folds in your face and discriminate among your fingers from as far as 3 meters. During Comic Con, Nick Burton also showed a Kinect rendered mask of his own face that could be mapped to in-game character models on Xbox One. This shows how it could be possible to import your own face geometry and body mass index onto character models within games. Obviously this is developer use permitting and the new device can even track your face during gameplay and reproduce your facial expressions!

Freaky!!

In other news, the Xbox One controller combined with Kinect can spot who is using the controller and adapt that users controller settings as it is passed around from person to person. Pretty impressive.

Thanks IGN