Kinect-Free Xbox One for $399: It’s Happening

We’ve lost track of the number of times fans have argued that Microsoft’s best move would be to sell the Xbox One without the Kinect at a lower price, and most of the time, Microsoft’s only response was to insist that the Kinect was a required part of the Xbox One experience. But Phil Spencer … Read more

Microsoft Introduces Its Own Siri—Cortana

When Windows Phone users get the upcoming 8.1 update, the Bing search feature will be replaced by a personal digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri. Its name? Cortana. Although this feature is named after the AI from the Halo series, Cortana doesn’t share her appearance, but instead appears as a circle, with speaking/thinking animations. On … Read more

Xbox One to use More GPU for Graphical Performance?

Some criticism has been launched at the Xbox One’s graphical capabilities lately, but we may see an improvement soon. Currently, 10% of the GPU is reserved for the Kinect attachment, even though many games make limited use of the Kinect, if they use it at all. A new rumor currently doing the rounds is that … Read more

FAQ: X1 internet check-ins, Kinect privacy & game licensing

Via the official Xbox Wire, Microsoft has finally come out and told us more or less exactly how game licensing, connectivity requirements, and Kinect privacy will work on the Xbox One (X1). Here’s what you need to know: Game Licensing Buy any game via digital (Xbox Live) or disc on the day of release. No disc required … Read more