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Microsoft reveals its game-changing plan to make the Xbox rule your world

Updated Apr 2nd, 2014 1:41PM EDT
Microsoft Xbox Universal Windows Apps

Microsoft on Wednesday showed off what could be the key to its future: Universal Windows apps that will be available on the Xbox console. This means that developers will one day be able to develop apps that run on Windows PCs, Windows Phones and the Xbox all at once. This has some major implications for gaming since it has the potential to completely tear down the wall between PC gaming and console gaming. 

As part of this initiative, Microsoft will be bringing Kinect V2 to Windows that will bring major improvements to Kinect for Windows’ gesture recognition and body-tracking technology. During its presentation, Microsoft said that it saw Kinect as a whole new way to interact with computers and represented the future of the computing industry.

Even cooler, Microsoft said that its new DirectX 12 graphics technology would be compatible with multiple devices as well, from the cheapest Lumia device to a mid-range PC to a high-end gaming beast like the Xbox One.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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