Got an Xbox? Got a Windows PC? Ever wanted to use that kewl Xbox controller on your PC? Guess what? Hint hint now you can. Yay!
Even though Microsoft has insisted time and time again since the Xbox One was announced that Kinect integration in every game for every console would be essential, and that they would never sell an Xbox One without a Kinect, today they went back on that and said they’ll be offering a version of the Xbone without a Kinect for $400. This puts it as the same price as the PS4, and it’s something they kinda had to do, considering Sony has pushed 7 million PS4s compared to Xbox’s 5 million.
Spread out of 4chan, many Xbox One owners have been tricked into bricking their new consoles, with the promise that the six steps would unlock special, unpublished features. Instead, the glitch forces the Xbox into a permanent and endless loop of reboots that renders the system useless. Microsoft has not yet respond, so it’s unknown whether affected users will get some sort of fix or replacement.
If you’ve got an Xbox One, or are planning on getting one, you can probably figure out pretty easily that you can tell your console things like “Xbox turn off” or “Xbox watch TV”, but just so you’re not babbling on trying to ask your Xbox to advise you of the best place to bury a dead body or pleading with it to unlock hot coffee modes, Microsoft recently released a full list of Kinect voice and motion commands.
Shortly after Microsoft announced the Xbox One, some people began shortening the name of the new console to “Xbone”, a moniker Microsoft is now making official with the purchase of Xbone.com. Sexbone? Is connected to the hip bone?
When Microsoft proudly held up the Xbox One to the world like a newborn baby, there was as much to be impressed by as there was to be disappointed by. An always on Internet connection requirement and restrictions on used or borrowed games pissed a lot of people off. But then there was also Skype, NFL on Demand, this huge entertainment hub and a rolling buffer game DVR that would let you easily capture moments from games to share with friends. But the question was, how much of this would require an Xbox Gold subscription? Turns out… all of it.
After almost everyone reacted with outrage to Microsoft’s policies for the Xbox One console, mainly the whole thing about always requiring an internet connection and the way the console handles used games, after Sony skewered Microsoft at E3 over these issues, it looks like things are a-changin’, as Microsoft announced today a reversal on some of these rules.
Microsoft kicked off E3 earlier today with a keynote about the Xbox. There was stuff that we’ve already heard about the Xbox One, but even better (kinda?), they announced a redesigned, very Xbox One-like version of the Xbox 360 that’s available today. Kinda sorta-ish looks like the One, only it won’t force you to re-purchase all of your downloaded games. Hooray!
As pretty as the Xbox One is, it won’t come with a whole lot of backwards compatibility. Neither your Xbox 360 games nor any games purchased for the 360 digitally through the Xbox game store will work on your brand new One due to the new console’s very different hardware structure. You will be able to transfer your Gamer Score, so there’s that.
Earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox, called the Xbox One. As evident by the new minimalistic boxy design, the One is being billed less as just a console and more of a home entertainment portal, where games, music, movies and TV shows all share more or less equal billing. And as expected, the One also comes with a newer version of Kinect built in, so that ordering your Xbox around to play games or find movies will become commonplace.