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Microsoft Discontinues Kinect Adapter for Xbox One

Microsoft Discontinues Kinect Adapter for Xbox One

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This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.Microsoft revealed the future of gaming in in November of 2010 and it was called the Kinect. This motion-tracking camera accessory for the Xbox 360 was supposed to usher in an era of controlling games with your body, but that never happened. Its newest consoles need an adapter for the Kinect, but you won’t find that anymore. After being out of stock for several months, the Xbox One Kinect adapter has officially been discontinued by Microsoft. Even if you pick up the discontinued Kinect camera, good luck making it work with a new console.According to Microsoft, it decided to discontinue the Xbox One’s Kinect adapter in order to spend time and resources developing more highly requested accessories for the cons
Here’s why Microsoft shouldn’t launch an Xbox ‘set top box’

Here’s why Microsoft shouldn’t launch an Xbox ‘set top box’

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Share This article Before the Xbox One launched in 2013, there was some talk of an inexpensive alternative device shipping alongside the main console. Besides a minor Xbox 360 refresh, nothing of the sort ever came out, but a similar rumor has surfaced yet again recently. And after thoroughly mulling over this set-top-Xbox concept, I’m convinced that it’s a terrible idea. While a typical hardware redesign seems inevitable for the bulky Xbox One, that’s not what we’re talking about here. This rumor is focused on a limited Apple TV-style “slim Xbox One.” According to Petri IT Knowledgebase, the most recent rumor of a set-top Xbox consists of a streamlined box that only runs Windows 10 apps, couched in wishy-washy language like “it’s not clear if these plans have been scrapped.” Even as
Microsoft reverses course on OneDrive, restores 15GB free tier

Microsoft reverses course on OneDrive, restores 15GB free tier

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Share This article Last month, Microsoft announced a number of unpopular changes to its cloud storage service, OneDrive: The unlimited storage plan offered to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers was reduced to 1TB; the 100GB and 200GB plans were eliminated, to be replaced by a 50GB plan; the free storage plan was slashed from 15GB down to 5GB; and the company declared it would no longer offer a 15GB bonus to customers who synched their camera rolls with OneDrive servers. Customers were anything but happy about these changes, and Microsoft appears to have gotten the message, at least in part. A Microsoft spokesperson has apologized for the way the previous change was communicated, stating: “We realize the announcement came across as blaming customers for using our produ
Microsoft lays off Israeli HoloLens team, shifts focus to US development

Microsoft lays off Israeli HoloLens team, shifts focus to US development

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Share This article For the past six years, Microsoft has maintained a 60-person HoloLens development team in Israel. Now it’s shuttering the unit and shifting HoloLens development to the US. It’s not clear what this means for HoloLens, or whether Microsoft is moving on to related technologies it plans to bundle with the base AR headset — or if the company has something altogether different in mind for its still-developing AR platform. Reports are vague on this point, only specifying that the US team was working on a different technology compared with the Israeli version. Avoiding Kinect’s fate It’s hard to look at HoloLens and not see shadows of Kinect. Project Natal, as it was then known, got its own exclusive billing and extensive profiling from Redmond. The company didn’t just focu
Microsoft updates Windows 10: adds features, addresses clean install license nightmare

Microsoft updates Windows 10: adds features, addresses clean install license nightmare

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Share This article Microsoft has released Build 10565 to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. It is chock full of new features, but the most-important may be an improved system for licensing a new install on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine taking advantage of its free upgrade offer. Other big news includes better Skype integration, adding ink recognition to Cortana, Tab Preview and Favorites syncing in the Edge browser, and yet more new icons. Microsoft has also made some more tweaks to the Start Menu. Some bug fixes and of course a known issues list round out the update. Finally some clarity on how to use your free Windows upgrade There has been a lot of confusion as users have tried to install Windows 10 on their Windows 7 or 8 machines as a clean install and found it either difficul
Microsoft buys Havok physics from Intel, could boost Xbox One cloud gaming

Microsoft buys Havok physics from Intel, could boost Xbox One cloud gaming

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Share This article For the past decade, many of the most popular video games have used a common physics engine — Havok. While it’s had some competition from competing solutions, like Nvidia’s PhysX, Havok has powered Call of Duty, the Assassin’s Creed series, DOTA 2, and a number of Source-based titles, including Half Life 2 and the Left 4 Dead franchise. Microsoft has now announced that it had acquired Havok from Intel for an undisclosed sum. As part of the acquisition, Microsoft has agreed to continue licensing Havok to third-parties and competitors, which could be important to the continued success of the middleware engine. Havok has long had a reputation for running on just about every platform known to man, from game consoles to PCs and even smartphones. Microsoft also notes that

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