Some Gamespot.com editors discovered that the Microsoft Xbox Kinect seems to have trouble recognizing darker skinned players. Plus, it pretty much requires you to have a big, giant house. So, you can see how we arrived at the obvious conclusion in our headline, there. Plus, why Hulu is, in fact, destroying the TV industry, and we're ok with that. And Facebook Beacon returns in the form of Deals. Clever, Facebook. Very clever. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
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Microsoft expects to sell 5 million units of Kinect in 2010
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Facebook Credits are now the official currency of EA social gamesFourSquare is cracking down on fake mayors
There are about a half-dozen games available for the launch of the Xbox 360's Kinect camera peripheral. We tested them all to tell you which ones are worth it, and you can read our impressions in the gallery below, along with our full review of the Kinect hardware.
The Kinect camera peripheral for Microsoft's Xbox 360 is, in our hands-on experience, an impressive piece of hardware. But hardware alone doesn't make for a great product unless there's quality software to go along with it. The real challenge for the Kinect is to create a compelling user … Read more
In many ways, Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360 is an innovative concept: ditch the controller and let your body interact directly. Sounds great on paper, but the Kinect is a bit more greedy with its space requirements than either the Nintendo Wii or PlayStation Move, and that could hurt folks with small apartments. Folks like me.
I've had a rough experience with the Kinect in New York City, mainly because my living room has only about 6 feet between my 32-inch TV and the edge of my sofa. The Kinect requires a good 6 to 10 feet of space between the user and it, according to documentation in the games we received. That's a huge amount of room in most urban apartments, especially as that space also needs to be open and unobstructed. The Kinect's setup process suggests you move furniture if necessary, a task that's impossible for me, and an unkind expectation for most people.… Read more
Microsoft expects to sell 5 million Kinect units by the end of 2010, the company confirmed to CNET today.
"The demand for Kinect for Xbox 360 is exceeding expectations," a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an e-mail. "So we're increasing our forecast from 3 million sensors sold this holiday to 5 million. That's bigger than any launch in Xbox history."
Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass first made mention of the increase in projected Kinect sales on her Twitter account earlier today.
If Kinect can tally 5 million unit sales, it would be quite a feat.
During … Read more
This week we celebrate the launch of Sprint's WiMax service in NYC, then discover a secret art project that involves planting USB ports around the city--what's stored on them? We're kind of afraid to find out.
After some talk about Halloween and high-tech costumes, we turn to the biggest story of the week--the launch of Microsoft's Kinect, with a brief detour into the land of The Walking Dead.
Don't forget: You can download the show's theme song as a free MP3 here for a limited time!
Since Microsoft launched the idea of avatars with its "New Xbox Experience" system software update this time two years ago, the company's executives and employees have regularly been presented in avatar form at the company's gaming events. But that's about as far as it's gone--short of today.
In honor of the launch of Microsoft's Kinect motion-gaming camera later this week, the vast majority of Microsoft senior executives now appear as Xbox avatars on the company's press page.
Microsoft's Kinect could best the PlayStation Move in overall sales this holiday-shopping season, market researcher IDC predicts.
IDC, which conducted a survey in September with more than 750 "core" console gamers, expects that Microsoft will sell 2.5 million to 3 million Kinect units in the United States in the fourth quarter. It expects Sony to sell 2 million to 2.25 million Move units here in the same period.
"While it doesn't appear Kinect or Move will be this year's Tickle Me Elmo, millions of additional U.S. households will be enjoying motion-based … Read more
Today on preGame, we'll brave the post-apocalyptic Mojave desert in search of the man who tried to kill us! Tune in as we try our luck with a demo of Fallout: New Vegas.
But first, Mark and Jeff reminisce about a console celebrating its 25th birthday this week. That's right, the original Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES for short) is a quarter-century old. We'll chat about the first time we remember firing up the system, cartridge blowing, and much more.
Making headlines this week are the top-selling video games of 2010 this far. There are a few … Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:
Facebook disables applications that were found to be sharing user identities
BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Style flip phone
Rhapsody launches a streaming app on BlackBerry
The Barnes & Noble Nook update will let you read across devices and offers faster search and page turning
Microsoft announces a game lineup for the Kinect launch
Pleo the robotic dinosaur is back from extinction and better than ever