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Ryse has been confirmed as an Xbox One exclusive. The Crytek-developed title has been teased on the publisher’s website, alongside a countdown that will end at the E3 gaming expo next month.

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The title will feature controller-based gameplay that is “enhanced” by Kinect. “Fight as a soldier. Lead as a general. Rise as a legend,” read the site. First announced as a Kinect game during E3 2011, no further updates for the project have since been provided.

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It’s been confirmed that the Xbox One won’t support Xbox 360 peripherals. Microsoft has said that advancements in wireless technology and Kinect tracking mean that controllers from the previous system won’t be supported.

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“Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment,” read the statement sent to Joystiq.

“For example, the Wireless Controller will connect to the console using high speed data transfer to enable higher fidelity headset audio and future controller add-on experiences that are not possible with Xbox 360 wireless technology.

“Additionally, the all-new Kinect sensor’s ability to locate the wireless controller is dependent on new technology.

“In order for Xbox One to deliver robust, meaningful gaming scenarios for all users across all experiences, only Xbox One controllers and accessories will work with the new console.”

Will Microsoft’s next Xbox could be called Xbox Fusion, new evidence suggests. The platform holder has registered a host of web domains related to the term, including XboxFusion.com, XboxFusion.info and XboxFusion.biz, reports Fusible.

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Microsoft previously secured domains related to the terms Xbox 8 and Xbox Next, but has not filed any registrations connected to Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity, Xbox Durango or Xbox Infinite – which have all been tipped as potential names for its Xbox 360 successor.

Microsoft recently confirmed plans to reveal its new console on 21st May. The announcement suggested that the console and services will be showcased at the event, but the full lineup of games will not be unveiled until E3 the following month.

Reported features for the new Xbox include Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.

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Microsoft’s IllumiRoom is a coffee table projector for the next-generation Xbox, a new video has suggested. According to the video, IllumiRoom “envisions a next-generation gaming console, with a projector that sits on your coffee table and surrounds your television with projected light”.

The video goes on to explain that IllumiRoom can be used to extend the gaming content out of the TV, or show in-game elements such as explosions and snow.

It also features a brief clip of Portal running on the new technology. Microsoft’s Eric Rudder told The Verge that while IllumiRoom was nothing more than proof-of-concept, the technology behind it is very sophisticated. It helps create a larger gaming area through the use of the Kinect sensor and a projector.

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The Kinect sensor scans the room so that the projected effects contour with other objects that might be in the room, such as lamps or bookcases.

The technology is expected to be shown in more detail at this week’s CHI 2013 event in Paris.

Unveiled at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas, IllumiRoom was first discovered in a patent filing linked to the Xbox 720.

All effects shown in the previous proof-of-concept video were recorded in real-time, without any effects added in post-processing.

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Xbox 720 launch titles include a new Forza game and Kinect title Ryse, a new report has suggested. Ryse, which was announced by Crytek at E3 in 2011, is “designed to be Microsoft’s new Gears of War/Halo mega launch title”, according to The Verge.

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Ryse that takes place during the Roman Empire period, it will reportedly take advantage of Kinect 2.0′s improved tracking capabilities, allowing players to kick and slash enemies.

Forza, meanwhile, will feature “super life-like” graphics, and will be available at launch alongside a zombie game and a family title set on an island.

Previously rumoured games include Project Gotham Racing 5, while Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Watch Dogs have also been announced for next-generation devices.

Alleged Xbox 720 patent filings suggest Microsoft’s next console will feature two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia applications.

 

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Yes more rumours about the Next Generation Xbox but this time the Kinect 2.0 will detect eye movement, a report has suggested. Using Kinect 2.0, users will apparently be able to pause entertainment content by looking away from the TV screen.

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The latest report by The Verge suggests that the enhanced Kinect device will also be able to detect multiple users simultaneously, and will play a big part in Microsoft’s plans for TV.

Similar to Google TV, the Xbox 720 is said to be capable of introducing Microsoft UI and features to existing TVs and set-top boxes.

The report follows Microsoft’s decision to sell its TV solution Mediaroom business to Ericsson.

Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi announced on the company’s blog that Xbox will serve as the centre of it home entertainment strategy following the sale of Mediaroom.

“With the sale of Mediaroom, Microsoft is dedicating all TV resources to Xbox in a continued mission to make it the premium entertainment service that delivers all the games and entertainment consumers want – whether on a console, phone, PC or tablet,” he said.

Alleged Xbox 720 patent filings suggest Microsoft’s next console will feature two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia applications.

It is claimed that the Xbox 720 will launch during the 2013 holiday season and feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.

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The Nike+ Kinect Training game has some new content in the form of the Fast and Focused 15-Minute Lower Body & Core workout pack.

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Nike+ Kinect Training is a personalised training experience built from the ground up with athletic expertise and inspiration from Nike coupled with powerful and precise technology from Kinect for Xbox 360. Through the magic of Kinect, Nike+ Kinect Training can see how the body moves, assess physical strength and athleticism, identify areas for improvement and create a workout plan tailored to each person.

The “Fast and Focused: 15-Minute Lower Body & Core Workout” Add-On Content launches in the UK on Friday 15th March and features a 15-minute workout with personalised drills to target your lower body while burning calories. Your Nike trainer will select a mix of strengthening and toning drills combined with fun, intense cardio drills to help you reach your fitness goals.

This pack integrates with your ongoing “Nike+ Kinect Training” experience, adding new difficult drills to mix up your routine for a fresh challenge. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace from 15th March for 400 Microsoft points, this second add-on pack for “Nike+ Kinect Training” complements the “Fast and Focused: Upper Body pack” also available on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft points.

I have started my Nike+ Kinect Training regime and will be reporting back how I get on!

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It is expected that Microsoft to announce the new Xbox in this April, a new report has suggested. A number of  developers and industry professionals have told CVG that they expect Microsoft to unveil the console at a one-off media event.

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It’s unclear whether an April reveal was always part of Microsoft’s plan, or  whether the company is reacting to the unveiling of the PlayStation 4.

An  unnamed senior Sony official believes that the announcement of the PS4 caught Microsoft off-guard.

“We definitely ruffled some feathers,” the source said. But for me that is not true from what I’ve heard Microsoft has been planning a Pre E3 event for months.

Alleged Xbox 720 patent filings suggest Microsoft’s next console will feature two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia  applications. It claimed that the Xbox 720 will launch during the 2013  holiday season and feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.

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Microsoft’s next Xbox is rumoured to require Kinect at all times.
According to a Kotaku source known as SuperDaE, who  claims to have access to a development kit of Microsoft’s next console, Kinect will no longer be an optional accessory with the new system.
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The new Kinect sensor will be included with every console, and will need to be  plugged in and calibrated in order for the console to run.

Kinect on Durango, the console’s codename, will be able to track up to six individuals at  once. The skeletons tracked with the new Kinect will be more sophisticated than  the current sensor, with the ability to sense individual finger movements and possibly even facial expressions.

The technology may be related to a  patent filed by Microsoft last year for parental  controls and limiting the number of viewers for content based on Kinect tracking  data.

The new Xbox has reportedly entered beta, with a shipment of brand new prototype kits having made their way to developers.

Alleged Xbox 720 patent filings suggest Microsoft’s next console will feature  two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia applications.

The  filings support some of the details discovered within a set of alleged leaked Xbox 720 documents from 2010.

The 56-page set was removed from the web following an intervention by Microsoft’s legal team.

It claimed that the Xbox 720 will launch during the 2013 holiday season and feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.

 

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Microsoft will introduce Siri-style voice recognition to the new Xbox, a report has claimed.

Next-generation Xbox users will have the ability to power on the console using voice commands, ask the device questions and use speech-to-text services to write messages, according to the Verge.

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The Kinect sensor, meanwhile, will reportedly detect individuals in a room and  recommend appropriate multiplayer games. Users will also be able to resume videos where they left off by using voice commands and ask the device  what games friends are playing.

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The Nike+ Kinect Training game has some new content in the form of the Upper Body and Core Workout pack.

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Nike+ Kinect Training is a personalised training experience built from the ground up with athletic expertise and inspiration from Nike coupled with powerful and precise technology from Kinect for Xbox 360. Through the magic of Kinect, Nike+ Kinect Training can see how the body moves, assess physical strength and athleticism, identify areas for improvement and create a workout plan tailored to each person.

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The brand new Upper Body and Core pack is a 15-minute workout with personalised drills to target your upper body, whilst burning calories. Your Nike trainer in the experience will select a mix of strengthening and toning drills combined with fun, intense cardio to help you reach your goals. This pack integrates with your ongoing Nike+ Kinect Training programme, adding on new, difficult drills as you progress.

This new pack costs 400 Microsoft points.

A Lower Body and Core pack is coming soon!

I have started my Nike+ Kinect Training regime and will be reporting back how I get on!

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Today, NHL GameCenter will launch on Xbox LIVE around the globe, giving Gold subscribers access to their favourite NHL hockey action right from their Xbox and just in time for the 2013 season to take centre ice.

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NHL GameCenter for Xbox 360 brings you live games, replays, classic games, and videos from NHL VideoCenter, plus controller-free entertainment with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360.

NHL GameCenter on Xbox LIVE offers the following features:

· Follow the Action from the 2013 NHL Season – Get real-time game scores, player stats and team standings.  All Xbox LIVE Gold Members can also follow the action on and off the ice from the NHL VideoCenter.  Watch the best goals, saves and hits from around the league this season.

 

· Live Games and Replays with NHL Game Center LIVE – With your NHL GameCenter LIVE™subscription ($49.99 USD for the 2012-13 season), watch live, out-of-market games from the NHL regular season. Miss a game? Watch full-length archived games or condensed replays from this season and last.

· Every game with an HD-Quality Picture – NHL GameCenter delivers every game in a beautiful, HD-quality picture, and each broadcast gives every fan the option of the Home or Away audio feed. With NHL GameCenter on Xbox 360, you will feel like your team is the home team.

 

· Keep Up With Your Favourite Teams – NHL GameCenter on Xbox 360 lets you personalise the experience to get to the information you care about most. Select up to five teams to follow so you can be sure not to miss a beat on your favourite teams and players.  Get the scores, player stats, schedule and live games, right at your fingertips.

· Season Central – A quick calendar view of the league schedule or just your favourite teams is a click away. Season Central is the best way to find out what games are on today, this week, or next month.

 

· Mini Guide – The Mini Guide gives you a quick preview of all of today’s action right at the bottom of your screen, and makes it easier than ever to switch between games.

 

· Split Screen – Keep an eye on the rest of the league while cheering on your home team! With Split Screen, you can watch two games at once and do just that. Watch live games on both screens or a live game on one while you catch up with a game recap on the other. You can control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.

 

· Classic Games from NHL Vault –Relive your favourite moments in NHL history with on-demand access to over 800 classic games from NHL Vault™. Watch some of the best Original Six battles from the 1960s or re-watch the best games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs through the years.   You now have the best way to watch these games on your big screen with Xbox 360.

 

· Voice and Gesture Control with Kinect for Xbox 360 – Focus on the puck instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through Season Central, or play, pause, and rewind that behind-the-back goal, all with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360.

With the addition of NHL GameCenter to the existing line-up of sports partners, Xbox is taking live sports on TV to a whole new level with personalisation features, deeper interactivity, and social connectivity found only on Xbox 360.

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