The writing has been on the wall for some time, but now Microsoft has officially rubber-stamped it: Kinect is dead.
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Microsoft has pledged to support UK developer Rare after a round of layoffs hit the studio and Microsoft decided to sell Xbox One without the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft-owned developer Rare wanted to make another entry in the Kinect Sports series for Xbox One because it felt it had "unfinished business" with the sensor.
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"We're here to deliver entertainment as a service," Schuneman said at a Microsoft briefing held in London this afternoon, "where, when and how you want it. We're going beyond the box with great games and experiences on tablets, mobiles and TVs, powered by Microsoft."
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Microsoft-owned developer Rare is sticking with motion sensor Kinect for its next, unannounced project.
Microsoft has dug up three mini-games from Kinect Sports: Season Two for sale as individual Xbox Live Arcade titles.
Natural speech recognition is the next big challenge for Kinect, a Rare developer has said.
Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection has been revealed by two recently published Xbox videos.
Following yesterday's revelation that Fable studio Lionhead is making an "MMO-like" RPG for the next Xbox, it has now emerged that Kinect Sports developer Rare is working on a raft of Durango games.
An upcoming Xbox 360 dashboard update will add support for Joule, a new wireless heart rate monitor which will track your exercise across most Kinect games.
Former Sega design chief Simon Woodroffe is the new creative director of Kinect Sports developer Rare.
Sony's been spotted patenting a "User-Driven Three-Dimensional Interactive Gaming Environment" - technology that works like Kinect.
Through a locked gate, down a winding path and by a still pond a few miles outside of the leafy village of Twycross, England, a bonsai tree stands. It was a gift given to Rare by Shigeru Miyamoto, the most famous game designer in the world, as a thank-you for the game developer's critical and commercial success in creating games for Nintendo, the most famous game maker in the world.
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People are really angry with Rare. Read any features or news items about the once-beloved developer, and you can safely bet that the comments below will feature indignant demands for a new Killer Instinct, more Banjo Kazooie or Perfect Dark. Keep reading and someone will probably use the word "boycott" or actively wish the studio out of business, punishment for making games for them rather than us. "Why doesn't Rare make proper games any more?" is the pleading subtext.
These are clearly heartfelt opinions, and the passion gamers had for the Rare of old shouldn't be dismissed. But the venom seems out of proportion and largely driven by the fact that Rare's Kinect Sports is a motion control game and doesn't have buttons and levels and others things we associate with "real" games. Yet it has more depth and variety than its genetic ancestors, the joystick-wrecking likes of Hyper Sports, the Epyx sports compilations and Daley Thompson's Decathlon - and I don't recall any ominous predictions that those titles would lead to the death of gaming as we know it. In fact, I'm pretty sure we had fun with them.
Fun is very much on the agenda where Kinect Sports Season 2 is concerned. Big, bouncy fun that everyone can enjoy, not the grim, determined fun that comes from a well-executed headshot. Xbox Avatars jump around and do silly things in the background, blasts of cheesy pop herald every success, while The X-Factor's Peter Dickson supplies more tongue-in-cheek commentary, with just enough irony to take the sting out of any failure.
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A demo for Kinect Sports Season 2 has been released on Xbox Live Marketplace.
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Kinect Sports: Season 2 leaves the blocks on 28th October, Microsoft has confirmed.
The Rare-developed follow-up to last year's mini-game compilation adds six new sports, voice control and a new Challenge Play mode.
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