The History of the Xbox

From "DirectX Box" to "720," it's been a long, strange trip for Microsoft's Xbox gaming console.

Thalmic Labs’ founder on ditching touch screens, nixing mice, and why gesture control is the future

Aaron Grant, co-founder of Thalmic Labs, shares his vision for the future of gesture control in computing and details what sets the MYO armband apart from the motion-sensing crowd.
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Kinect-powered virtual therapists can fully decode a patient’s body language

Psychiatrists are trained to monitor their patient's verbal and physical responses, but they can't always keep their eyes on you while making notes. Enter SimSensei, a robot virtual therapist that uses the Microsoft Kinect.

Microsoft looks to integrate Kinect into displays and laptops

Will Kinect-embedded laptops and monitors be landing on store shelves soon? Microsoft is working on shrinking the 3D cameras and lowering costs so the technology can go beyond the Xbox.

Xbox 360 has sold over 76 million consoles, but Kinect is slowing down

Microsoft's Xbox 360 will turn eight-years-old this year. It's lived a good life, twice as long as the original Xbox, with 76 million consoles sold, but sales of the Kinect motion control sensor have slowed. What does Microsoft's new sales…

‘It’s come a long way since Tecmo Bowl’: Eli Manning on Xbox Kinect, Madden, and how Peyton cheats

The Super Bowl is far more than just a game, it is a two week long event, this time centered in New Orleans. We spoke to New Orleans native and two time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, about his time in the Big Easy, his involvement with a…

Kinect creator leaves Microsoft to join Sony’s PlayStation EyeToy studio in London

Kameo: Elements of Power directo and key Kinect developer George Andreas has left Microsoft and Rare after sixteen years with the studio. Who lured him away? None other than Sony's motion controller studio, Sony London.
Home Theater

Smarter than your TV: Game consoles may soon take over your home theater

It's no secret that game consoles are good for much more than just gaming, but what you may not know is that game consoles are poised to become the centerpiece of home theaters. We take a look at how they got to this point, and what we can…

Microsoft’s holiday earnings show the Xbox 360 riding into the sunset

Microsoft didn't have the holiday season it wanted, with earnings flat despite the release of big new products like Windows 8. The quarter also saw the Xbox 360, Microsoft's more reliable commodity in recent years, fading as a consumer…
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Logitech heads back to mice and keyboards as it exits the video game console business

Sometimes the best thing a tech company can do is go back to what it's best at. Logitech, one of the biggest names in PC accessories for 30 years, announced on Thursday that it will stop making video game console controllers.

Panzer Dragoon successor Crimson Dragon appears and disappears on XBLA

Two and a half years after Microsoft first announced Crimson Dragon, a spiritual follow up to the classic Sega series Panzer Dragoon, the game still isn't out. A demo appeared on XBLA this week, but was taken down almost immediately by the…

Kinect Party review: It’s not really a game, but your kids will love it

What Double Fine Productions' Kinect Party lacks in traditional gameplay mechanics, it more than makes up for in frantic, all-ages fun.