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Battlefield 4 for Xbox One Includes Kinect Functionality

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Dice has confirmed via GameInformer that the edition of Battlefield 4 for Microsoft’s Xbox One console will include Kinect functionality. It hasn’t been greatly detailed nor confirmed if the Xbox 360 version will come with the same features.

“We have a pretty pragmatic view [on the new Kinect],” DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson explained in the latest issue of Game Informer. “Instead of just trying to tick all the boxes of features you can do with new hardware, we look at what actually adds value [for] our players.

“When you look at the kind of games that we build – or Battlefield at least – it is a first-person shooter that is very much about skill. Input is really important. You need to have very precise control over what’s going on, and trying to do something like that with motion control input does not make sense – not if you want to keep the same kind of formula of the game as we [have] now. You’d need to build a different kind of shooter.

“But there are other places where it will make sense, and we are going to use it for other things in the game, but we haven’t announced exactly what.”

All will be revealed soon enough – we’ll keep you updated soon as word hits the ground!

Via VideoGamer

Doodle Jump for Kinect Out Now

Doodle Jump, from Lima Sky, is now playable on the big-screen as Doodle Jump for Kinect brings the flagship franchise’s cherished mascot, whimsical art style, and vertically scrolling design to Xbox 360 Kinect gamers.

Doodle Jump for Kinect blends the series’ traditional gameplay with a new and intuitive gesture and motion control system, delivering a completely unique play scheme that even veteran Doodle Jump fans will find fresh and engaging. It also adds a host of additional features, including three original worlds to scale, robust power-ups, and challenging boss battles and achievements. Together with its charmingly cartoonish characters and intuitive gameplay, Doodle Jump for Kinect is a play experience perfect for gamers of all ages.

Doodle Jump for Kinect is available now for download on Xbox Live as an arcade game for Xbox 360 for 400 Microsoft Points.

Xbox One – Lack of Headset in Bundle Due To Kinect

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Although the Xbox One in-the-box-contents were revealed a few weeks ago now, the whole kit at launch in the box will include an Xbox One console, Kinect Sensor, Xbox One Controller and an all important HDMI cable. If you have a ‘Day One Edition’ then your controller will have small branding and you get one Achievement. There is not a wired headset in the console box for any edition for the following reasons as explained by Microsoft to Ars Technica.

Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences. For gamers who prefer a headset, we have a variety of offerings that you can find on the Xbox Wire.

Gamers who have already experienced the robotic-like tones of using Kinect on the Xbox 360 to chat with will hardly be thrilled by this news having no confidence that Kinect for Xbox One will offer an improvement on the chat features. The benefits of a headset separate chat from game background noise and sometimes in a room with friends or family – do you want them to hear your full conversations, do they want to even hear your conversations?

The Xbox One wired headset is available to buy separately (not yet priced) adding another expense to the £429.99 price tag for the console and Kinect.

NEW Proposed U.S. Bill Could Affect Xbox One Mandatory Kinect Requirement

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The Xbox One has already had its controversial DRM plans scrapped that overturned the need to connect online every 24hrs and place restrictions on how you share and trade games. Now, if a new law is passed in the United States it could cause Microsoft to rethink their plans for an always connected Kinect peripheral?

The We Are Watching You Act, a U.S bill proposed by representatives Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) would restrict all technology that can monitor and record data. If the bill were to pass, Kinect would have to provide gamers with an opt-in message and a warning prompt whenever it began recording. Microsoft would also be required to inform users on how data is being collected and who could potentially see it with alternative’s needing to be in place for users who opt-out and choose not to have their data recorded.

[This technology] would essentially observe consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. It is an incredible invasion of privacy,” said a press release on the bill. “Think about how you would feel sharing that information with your cable company, their advertisers and your government.

Source: Escapist

Doodle Jump for XBLA Dated June 28

Lima Sky and D3Publisher has confirmed that Doodle Jump for Kinect is coming to Xbox Live on June 28th, 2013. Now, you’ll be able to jump onto platforms, blast away baddies and navigate a treacherous vertical ascent in an all new motion controlled Doodle Jump game.

Developed by Smoking Gun Interactive in collaboration with Lima Sky, Doodle Jump for Kinect delivers a fresh, new take on the simple, accessible, tried-and-true action of the original. Players move their bodies left and right to control the Doodler, shoot nose balls with arm gestures, fly with a flap of the arms and more, with other unique body motion controls. Doodle Jump for Kinect brings exclusive content to Xbox 360 that has never before been seen in the series: three brand-new worlds, treacherous bosses, challenging achievements, engaging power-ups and intuitive gesture controls.

Doodle Jump for Kinect will be available on Xbox Live for 400 Microsoft Points on June 28th, 2013. It requires Kinect to play.

Xbox One – Where Are The Xbox LIVE Avatars?

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The Xbox One console was revealed itself in real-life hardware form by Microsoft on May 21st; the E3 Press Brief on June 10th was a focus on top upcoming games for the system when it releases this November for $499 / £429.99. However, there is one all important missing person that we haven’t seen yet – nothing has been revealed or shown about Xbox LIVE Avatars on Xbox One?

Where are they, have they been scrapped or does the box art for Kinect Sports Rivals provide vital clues about yet unannounced improvements to the little fellas (and ladies) who go forth online digitally and represent us in games and on our dashboards?

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Will Kinect for Xbox One scan you and auto-create your Xbox LIVE digital presence? We know that the new hardware will be able to see every facial expression, so precise it can sense your heart-beat which sends a shiver down my spine, but nothing has been announced or shown from Microsoft as to how you can use Kinect for anything outside of a “talking to” or “motion-controlling” experience. As mentioned above, the only real clue to their existence comes in the way of Kinect Sports Rivals, by comparing the box art to previous Kinect Sports titles you could assume from the upcoming Xbox One title that your Xbox LIVE Avatars will now become more human looking than ever before with improvements to facial, head, body muscle and other physical improvements to more resemble a human appearance?

What do you think about Avatars for Xbox One, will they transition over as-is or even vanish altogether in exchange for a more human-esque looking kinect scanned representation of yourself. When we find out the truth, we’ll be sure to let you know.

For now, feel free to speculate in the comments section below – we love opinions!

Kinect Sports Rivals Announced for Xbox One

The best-selling Kinect franchise is back, made exclusively for Xbox One. The all-new, unparalleled Kinect technology captures your likeness as a champion and thrusts you into sporting events against friends, rivals and the entire world. Skill matters. Precision is rewarded. Small movements make big impacts. With online tournaments, head-to-head rivalries and a world full of, sports are reimagined to ignite your competitive spirit. The game learns how you and your friends compete, creating an ever-evolving network of rivals in the cloud.

There’s a competitor in each of us just waiting to come alive. It’s You vs. the world.

Xbox One – Microsoft Disables Youtube Comments

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So it seems that sheep mentality strikes again with all the negativity surrounding Microsoft’s Xbox One conference when the new console was shown to the world on May 21st this year. Dubbed the “All-in-One” entertainment device because it can take control of your TV, deliver Skype multi-video support and a bigger emphasis on owning the living-room has pissed off a large number of gaming folk. Microsoft has since disable comments on the Youtube channel for Xbox One!

Comments referring to switching to Sony’s console side of the world, amongst other crap has re-surfaced and appears to be a familiar trait when Microsoft aims to do something less-traditional; who remembers the Kinect reveal? Same thing! Whilst thisisxbox.com fully supports the Xbox One console (as you’d expect from an Xbox news site) I can’t help but think that a lot of negativity is jumping on the band-wagon. With the current Xbox 360 supporting media apps, video, music and other streaming services it couldn’t have been a surprise that Microsoft intend to go bigger-and-better with their entertainment features for the new console. The use of cloud based services with the Xbox One require a brief check-in online every now and then should also aim to combat the ever-growing modding community and aid against piracy. Your console will not switch off or end your gaming sessions because your internet went down (unless it’s Multiplayer), it’s just suited to those gamers who “have” the internet, and if you can connect online to bitch on Youtube then it shouldn’t be an issue having your Xbox One console check-in online for you?

Unfortunately, Kinect or as the new name suggest “Xbox Sensor” being a requirement for the console to operate is disappointing because if its usage is optional, then it’s requirement should reflect that. If the Xbox Sensor breaks then your fully working console will need you to buy an additional unit should you use it or not. Microsoft for the new generation seems to be aiming to have every console owner hooked to Skype. However, if you are only the type of gamer who wants to have a next-gen console for next-gen gaming…

…then why the long face?

Celebrity Cruises Embrace The Xbox Brand For Family Holidays

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I’m no stranger to cruise holidays having taken more than eight in the last few years alone with P&O and Royal Caribbean, but todays great news is that now Xbox and cruising can be combined thanks to Celebrity Cruise lines – they’ve introduced the largest Xbox experience at sea!

Celebrity’s alliance boasts entertaining Xbox-themed spaces across its fleet, offering families interactive Xbox Games experiences for children, teens and even the kid in every adult. Guests can anticipate enhancements to existing venues and onboard programming as soon as this summer, with the inclusion of Xbox-featured activities and gaming areas in the youth program’s Fun Factory and X-Club facilities.

The Celebrity Xbox experience will offer exciting age-appropriate games and themed nights ranging from sports and dance to adventure and racing on Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360. Adults also have the opportunity to connect and enjoy the Xbox experience through free play and at scheduled themed events, including Zumba parties and sports tournaments, available on traveling Kinect for Xbox 360 consoles in different venues throughout the ships.

To celebrate the launch, one lucky family of four will win a seven-night cruise onboard the Celebrity ship of their choice, with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, and an Xbox 360 prize pack as the grand prize of the Celebrity & Xbox Experience Sweepstakes. For a chance to win, guests enter online through June 18, 2013 at www.celebritycruises.com/xboxsweeps. Participants also can win four Xbox 360 prize packs, each including an Xbox 360 with Kinect and a month of Xbox Live Gold membership.

The newly “Solsticized” Celebrity Constellation is the first of Celebrity’s ten ships to introduce the complete onboard Xbox experience when it re-entered service on May 5th, 2013, after completing its scheduled drydock – just in time for families planning their summer vacations. The remaining Celebrity ships will offer Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360 this summer, and will unfold the full Xbox experience by the end of 2013.

If only I could reach out and review the Xbox experience at sea for you readers…

Gaming Harlem Shake’s You Might Just Love – Or Hate

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It’s quite possibly the most annoying thing to hit the tubes since Gangnam Style, but The Harlem Shake is doing the rounds, it’s here and quite possibly to stay for a few more weeks yet – so we deliver upon you some of the best gaming Harlem Shake’s from around the web… well, Youtube and also in no particular order, but we rather like the Skyrim version a lot!

Halo 4 Harlem Shake:

Gears of War 3 Harlem Shake:

Skyrim Harlem Shake:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_LC8jIIbx8

Dead Island Harlem Shake:

Call of Duty Harlem Shake:

Tomb Raider Harlem Shake:

Minecraft Harlem Shake:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az-YkrNFi8U

Crysis 3 Harlem Shake:

Battlefield 3 Harlem Shake:

Kinect Harlem Shake:

If you have a favourite, share with us in the comments box below… or shake it out!