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Microsoft Xbox 720 Specs

Next-gen Xbox may feature advanced multitasking and require Kinect to function

February 11th, 2013

Rumors have been circulating about Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-generation Xbox for quite some time now. Earlier reports suggested that the console may require an always-on Internet connection that could block used games and others claimed it could even include Siri-like voice controls. According to a new report from Kotaku, the Xbox 720 will be capable of …

PrimeSense Capri Kinect Smartphones

Brains behind Microsoft’s Kinect will soon bring similar tech to smartphones

January 24th, 2013

PrimeSense, the company behind one of the most exciting advancements in video game technology over the past decade, is setting its sights on the rest of the world. The Israel-based company develops sensor technology that is used most famously in Microsoft’s (MSFT) Kinect motion controller, and now PrimeSense has announced a new sensor dubbed “Capri” …

Microsoft Connected Car team plans to integrate Windows 8 and Kinect into vehicles

June 26th, 2012

Microsoft’s Connected Car team, which is responsible for the technology used in systems such as Ford Sync, may be looking to further integrate the company’s solutions into future vehicles. According to a recent job listing on Microsoft’s website, the software giant is looking to integrate Windows 8, Windows Phone devices, Kinect, Windows Live, Bing, the …

Microsoft could use Kinect to deliver emotion-based advertising

June 12th, 2012

Microsoft recently filed a patent application for technology that would give its Xbox 360 Kinect sensor the ability to read users’ facial expressions and body language, thus enabling Microsoft to send them ads based on their emotional states. Jacob Aron at New Scientist writes that the technology in the patent application “suggests a company could …

Microsoft unveils SmartGlass, Xbox Music and new Kinect features

June 4th, 2012

Microsoft on Monday revealed that its Xbox 360 gaming console is now the world’s top selling console, beating out the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, during its keynote at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Despite the fact that the software giant has no plans to introduce the next-generation Xbox until next year at the …

Microsoft sells over 67 million Xbox 360s, 19 million Kinects

May 30th, 2012

Yusuf Mehdi, the CMO of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Division, announced on Tuesday that more than 67 million Xbox 360s have been sold since the console launched in 2005, and it has generated more than $56 billion in sales. The motion sensing input accessory, Kinect, has sold more than 19 million units and the company’s Xbox …

Microsoft Kinect transformed into surgical assistant

May 18th, 2012

Microsoft’s Kinect motion and voice-based controller accessory was launched with gaming in mind, but researchers have taken the technology in a number of different directions. German researchers transformed the Kinect into an interactive augmented reality X-ray machine, and Microsoft Research is now in the process of trialing the use of its Kinect sensor as a …

Microsoft launches $99 Xbox 360 bundle

May 7th, 2012

As previously rumored, Microsoft is now offering a subsidized 4GB Xbox 360 gaming console and Kinect for $99 with a monthly subscription option. The bundle requires customers to sign up for a two-year subscription to Xbox Live Gold Membership for $14.99 per month. The subscription plan is similar to the model wireless carriers have been …

Microsoft may be readying a subscription-based $99 Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle

May 2nd, 2012

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a subsidized Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle with a monthly subscription option, according to The Verge. The software giant may offer its 4GB gaming console alongside its motion sensing input device for $99 with a two-year commitment, and an early termination fee will be included for contract breakers. Subscribers will …