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E3 2011 - More Kinect Games than Your Body Can Handle

posted Monday Jun 6, 2011 by Jon Wurm

E3 2011 - More Kinect Games than Your Body Can Handle

The Microsoft Keynote at E3 this year was a bit different than last years. Not as exciting but still packed a punch with some sweet Xbox Live announcements and a ton of game related announcements, almost all of which were designed for the Kinect. This really is the year of the Kinect so I'm going to take a moment and highlight some of the most exciting ones.

I suppose Microsoft had it right by starting off with the one major title which wasn't specifically designed for Kinect. That of course is the new Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics. Basically, Laura is shipwrecked on an island and has to use her skills to escape. The game seems very gritty and starts off with Laura getting impaled by a sharp bone fragment after falling 30 ft. The interactions at first are at key moments of the opening scene as most of this sequence played out like a movie. Her "survival instincts" light up pieces of the environment that you can use, kind of like in Mirror's Edge but not as obvious. The scenes are very intense and there is a boulder chase that is reminiscent of Indiana Jones. At the end she makes it out of the caves to an ocean view of shipwrecks. There isn't a lot more to say at this point but the availability is set for fall 2012.

Get more on the newly revealed Kinect titles by hitting the break, because you know you want to.

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E3 2011 - The Xbox 360 Really Does Equal Entertainment

posted Monday Jun 6, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

E3 2011 - The Xbox 360 Really Does Equal Entertainment

Last week when Microsoft posted that the "Xbox = entertainment" they really weren't lying. Today's E3 2011 Microsoft Event proved just that as they dove in to all of the media, social and Kinect aspects of the Xbox 360 that will definitely keep the console in the living room for years to come.

Microsoft's Marc Whitten took the stage to make it known that the television needed a new voice: yours. The goal was to keep the technology out of the way while still being able to enjoy the content you want. To help the cause, the Xbox 360 will feature a New Xbox Experience dashboard that looks absolutely stunning and explains why the small refresh a few months back had the tiles looking clunky. Instead of a shuffling of menus to navigate through, you can simply use your voice to pull up Games, Music, Movies and TV with ease.

For more on what's going to keep you entertained well into next year, click the break.

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E3 2011 - Microsoft Keynote Liveblog

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

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Soon-to-be Apple Store Gets Some Window Pains

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Soon-to-be Apple Store Gets Some Window Pains

What can you do if you wear an orange construction worker vest? Apparently anything you want to! The world's soon-to-be largest Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany fell victim to a team called the .WAV Collective.

The group went to the construction site, with the storefront draped in the customary black covers, set up a safety fence, propped up a ladder and drilled pre-made Windows logo panels to the exterior wall of the store. Oh, by the way, it was in the middle of the day.

You call it vandalism, I call it working for a cure. The cure to rid the world of anything Apple, including its potential customers, at least temporarily. I would also call it creativity at its finest. A piece that could even rival Da Vinci himself. Okay, I could also call it vandalism.

Whatever color you want to paint it (hopefully Windows blue, yellow, red and green and not metallic Apple silver), we have the video after the break.

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AMD Decides to Go Mobile, Finally

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Jon Wurm

AMD Decides to Go Mobile, Finally

Yes, finally an article about a chips manufacturer that doesn't start with an 'I' and end with 'ntel'. Most of us have been wondering if AMD would ever make an appearance in the mobile market so it was a delight to get some information on the Z-series chips that AMD plans on making a debut with. Better late than never, hopefully it's not too late.

They call the architecture for this chip family 'Fusion' and it is meant to transplant the full PC experience to tablets. They are also doing something interesting by designing the Fusion chips to support Windows 7 and Android. The reasoning for this is that Android has a wide variety of applications and basically dominates the mobile space. On the other end of the spectrum you have Windows 7 which is a must for business. By focusing on the two they intend to cover their bases. According to Chris Cloran, Vice President and General Manager of the computing solutions group, the transition between both operating systems is seamless.

Get ready for some specs after the break.

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Microsoft Says, 'Xbox = Entertainment'

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Says, 'Xbox = Entertainment'

Since its inception, the Xbox and Xbox 360 have seen flocks of hardcore gamers flooding the Xbox LIVE network to play the latest Triple A FPS title. A couple of years ago at E3 '09, after millions of frags were logged and countless hours of hailing Master Chief, Microsoft took the stage to say that while the gamers are the core of its existence, they wanted the Xbox 360 to be the center of your family entertainment and they wanted a console in every living room. With that came the announcement of Project Natal and good things to come in the future.

At E3 '10, we saw the unveiling of the Kinect, Project Natal's permanent name, which proved to be the thing that accelerated Microsoft and the Xbox 360 beyond anyone's expectations, outselling the Move and even the iPad. We also saw an updated Xbox 360 Dashboard that contained several media-centric features. With the existing add-ons of Facebook, Twitter, last.fm and Netflix, everyone was excited to see what was next.

What came next happened in November, with another Dashboard refresh that included ESPN3, Netflix and Zune enhancements. Then last month we saw the addition of the long-awaited Hulu Plus tile on Xbox LIVE.

All of these things are important because it is proof of Microsoft standing by the ideas and goals they want to set for themselves. After all of the updates and improvements, the Xbox 360 really has made itself the center for all of your family's entertainment.

Where does this bring us to? Frank Shaw, the VP of Corporate Communications for Microsoft, posted a blog entry this week that indicated Microsoft's mission to further push the entertainment part of the console.

We have what he said and what we expect to be the next phase of this plan after the break.

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