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Microsoft will phase out sales for the original Kinect for Windows in 2015. The decision follows the arrival of the sensor's second version and PC adapter in October, as well as the latest hardware's SDK being made freely available. The company noted in an announcement blog that companies reliant o...

December 31st 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Microsoft revealed Age of Empires: Castle Siege this week, a Smoking Gun Interactive game that's coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 next month. Microsoft's Kieffer Bryant described Castle Siege as a "fast-paced experience" built for touch devices, with players dragging units across paths while...

August 26th 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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Pirated copies of the mobile first-person shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout flooded torrent websites this weekend, reportedly originating from a copy of the game distributed by the developer as part of a contest. Gameloft held the giveaway recently, inviting players into the game early. "One of th...

July 21st 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft has released a set of drivers that enable Xbox One controller support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows PCs. The Xbox One controller works with any game that currently features support for the Xbox 360 controller. After installing Microsoft's drivers, players can immediately start using the...

June 5th 2014 at 10:58am 0 Comments
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One of the most interesting parts of covering the mobile gaming industry for this column is watching technologies move at such blinding speeds. Just over the course of this column's run, I have seen my own tech double and triple in speed while halving in size and weight. I've also had to try to pre...

December 6th 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft is planning to make strides toward one ecosystem for all its platforms with "Threshold," the codename for a series of individual platform updates that will more closely unite Windows Phone, Windows PC and Xbox One. According to a report on ZDNet, "Threshold" will include updates to all t...

December 3rd 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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Cancel that siesta because Rayman Fiesta Run is out today, and you can grab it on the App Store right now. Ubisoft's Latin-flavored auto-runner, which is priced at $3, is also due on Google Play [update: it's live] and Windows 8 storefronts. I couldn't resist a quick go on my iPhone 5 this mornin...

November 7th 2013 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Microsoft Studios streamed 40 minutes of its E3 Windows 8 build of game-crafter Project Spark last night, and the video is now up to watch. Spark, described in the stream as an "open-world digital canvas that allows you to create your own games, stories, worlds, and share them with everyone," was...

August 9th 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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We don't often use The Daily Grind to ask the community for advice, but hey, what the heck. I've got to upgrade to Windows 8 for a non-gaming application, and I'm trying to decide whether to roll the dice and do it on my primary (i.e., gaming) desktop or relegate the new OS and the problem child ap...

June 3rd 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments