If you’re an early Windows 10 adopter, you’ll soon find a smattering of new features inside the Xbox app. As part of its June update, Microsoft is adding “game hubs” which, similar to the Xbox One, show which friends have played the title and their recent activity. Meanwhile the new ‘Game Bar,’ which lets you record video clips and screenshots, can now be triggered with custom shortcuts, and the Avatar app will load automatically when you select “customize” from the top header. A few other tweaks include better friend management, the ability to sort cloud-based game clips and turn on/off your Xbox One from inside the app. They’re small changes, which is understandable given that E3 is just around the corner. Game streaming is still one of the most anticipated parts of the Xbox app, and it might not be too far away — Microsoft says testers can now submit anonymous diagnostic information about their PC and network settings to help them refine the feature.
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The Xbox One is already an entertainment powerhouse. But, starting today, those of you in the US and Canada will have the chance to get even more out of it. Microsoft has announced that the official TV tuner for its Xbox One, which lets people watch over-the-air channels directly from the console, is now available in these two countries. As a refresher, this feature first hit Europe last year, so it’s taken a decent amount for it to arrive in North America. You can get the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for $60, though you’ll also need an HDTV antenna for it to work as intended.
You may have done the spring clean around the house, but have you organized your digital media, too? Installing the Plex Media Server software can help centralize all your scattered music, movie and photo files into one place and serve them up wherever you go. You can access that content using the Plex app, which is available for mobile, smart TVs, set top boxes, streaming devices and game consoles, and it’s easy to share with friends, too. To help one lucky Engadget reader enjoy the full Plex experience this week, the company has provided an Xbox One and a Chromecast, along with a Lifetime Plex Pass for total access and premium features. There’s also a $100 Amazon music gift card in the prize bundle to celebrate the recent update of Plex Music. Gracenote and Vevo are onboard to help build automatic playlists, provide mood-based soundtracks, match your collection with over 140,000 music videos and deliver extra helpings of metadata. Just head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to two chances at winning this powerful multi-media package.
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With the release of Windows 10, Sony won’t be the only company to offer game streaming from its consoles. Today we finally got our hands on Windows 10’s Xbox One game streaming feature, which lets you bring your entire Xbox gaming experience to any PC running the new OS. And even in its early state, it looks like it will satisfy even the most demanding gamers. Microsoft made a risky bet by demoing the feature with Sunset Overdrive, a fast-paced game where you’d notice the slightest hint of slowdown. And as you can see in the video below, it’s virtually indistinguishable from the native Xbox One experience while running on a Surface Pro 3.
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Windows 10 streamed Sunset Overdrive at its full resolution, and there weren’t any major issues or delatys. Having spent dozens of hours with the game on my Xbox One, I didn’t notice much of a difference playing it streamed. All of its acrobatic maneuvers and twitch-heavy gunplay felt as responsive as ever. Best of all, you don’t need any crazy hardware to stream games with Windows 10. The demo was running on a fairly typical Intel Core i5 system, and it can run on even slower computers if they have some form of H.264 encoding (because the stream is coming over as a video file). Naturally, your Xbox One gets locked down when you’re streaming something, since it’s still doing the heavy lifting.
So far, Windows 10’s game streaming only works with an Xbox One on your local network. But according to Kevin Unangst, senior director of marketing for Microsoft Studios, the company could eventually implement remote play. That’s something Sony already offers with the PlayStation 4 (and 3, to a lesser extent) over its Vita handheld and some Android devices. But for many people, streaming a game on a PC they already own sounds a lot more useful than having to buy a separate device.
The Adventure Time TV show has been a huge success, but the accompanying video games rarely offer the same level of quality. Developer Vicious Cycle is hoping to change that with Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations, a new 3D puzzler featuring the 12-year-old boy and magical dog. The game is being pitched as an “action-oriented twist” on the graphic adventure genre, which has been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance recently thanks to titles like Broken Age. In the new game, friends Finn and Jake are professional investigators, unravelling disappearances and other strange events in the crazy Land of Ooo. It’s the most visually impressive Adventure Time game to date (which isn’t saying much), and promises a healthy mix of puzzles and combat. If you’re interested, it’ll be landing on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS and PC this November.
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Remember Project Cars, the beautiful sim racer from the team behind Need for Speed: Shift? Well, it’s finally coming out, and relatively soon. Or at least that’s what developer Slightly Mad Studios is promising, anyway. After three embarrassing delays, we’ve got a new release date for your calendar: May 6th. The game will be available first on PC (via Steam) in the US before a staggered international release on PS4 and Xbox One: it’ll arrive in Europe and Australasia on May 7th, followed by the UK on May 8th and North America on May 12th. There’s no word on the Wii U version though, which is a little worrying.
Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles already offer a few realistic driving games (Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon 2, Driveclub, etc.) but Project Cars is shaping up to be a worthy contender, at least in the graphics department. The latest trailers and screenshots look drop-dead gorgeous, with pixel-perfect cars and immersive weather effects. As usual, it seems PC will be the optimal platform if you have a high-end gaming rig though. The game supports a whopping 12K resolution, which trumps the 1080p and 60 frames per second offered on the PS4, well as the 900p and 60 frames per second found on Xbox One. Not that many people have three 4K monitors lying around, but at least the option’s there.
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Plenty of UK retailers are already selling the Xbox One for under £300, but now Microsoft is making this significantly lower price-tag official. Effective immediately, the console will be available from £299.99, or £30 less than before. A spokesperson for Microsoft told Eurogamer that it’s a “UK-only retail promotion,” which suggests the reduction could only be temporary. However, given how Microsoft handled a similar price-drop in the US, we suspect this’ll be a permanent discount before too long, if it’s not one already. By making this the official price, Microsoft is also encouraging retailers to drop the cost of their bundles even further. The console has few exclusives prepped for the first half of 2015 (Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider will change that this autumn) but if you’ve been mulling a purchase anyway, now might be a good time to take the plunge.
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In today’s Daily Roundup, we look at a Microsoft document leaked in 2012 that foreshadowed the Xbox One and HoloLens, take a look at a new lens camera for smartphones from Olympus and discuss the US Navy’s new firefighting robot. All that and more can be found past the break.
In June 2012, a 56-page business presentation was uploaded to the document-sharing service Scribd. It outlined four years of Xbox plans and even included some references to HoloLens.
Olympus unveiled a lens camera of its own, the Olympus Air. Similar to Sony’s QX10, this lens clips onto your smartphone and uses a dedicated app to take photos.
SAFFiR, the humanoid robot overlord pictured above, looks like serious trouble. Fortunately for us humans, its primary purpose is to put out fires rather than start them.
FiftyThree, the company behind the popular iPad sketching app Paper, has decided to forgo in-app upgrades and made a number of brushes and color sets available for free. How will they make money? By focusing specifically on hardware such as their Pencil.
Despite an injunction banning the Typo keyboard from the market, the Ryan Seacrest-backed company has continued to sell its wares. BlackBerry took the company to court again and won.
The current project lead for Google Glass is none other than Nest CEO Tony Fadell. A report from the New York Times claims that he intends to redesign the head-mounted computer “from scratch.”
If you’re a fan of Destiny and happen to enjoy Lego products you might find this full-scale replica of the Ice Breaker, consisting of 2,100 individual Lego pieces, worthy of your time.
Last week we reviewed the Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel, the best steering wheel available for Xbox One at present. Racing wheel controllers are not meant to be used on the lap – just imagine if your car’s steering wheel shifted about every time you turned or moved your legs. The TX Racing Wheel includes a clamp for attachment to a table or desk, but that’s not especially sexy and might be tough for living rooms.
Thus your best wheel mounting options are a racing wheel stand or seat. Netherlands-based company Playseat has the gaming chair market cornered, offering more than 10 different gaming chairs for racing and flight games. Given that Forza Horizon 2 is one of my top Xbox One games of 2014, I jumped at the chance to try out the Playseat Evolution Forza Motorsport Edition. Read on for my full impressions, complete with exclusive video review and unboxing and assembly videos!
It’s been almost a year since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were released in North America, with sales reaching over 15 million units combined worldwide. While we reviewed both consoles, giving the Xbox One an Engadget score of 81 and the PS4 a score of 83, what we reviewed were the systems as they existed at launch, with some great features and a few kinks, but still lots of potential. Since then, plenty has happened for both machines — like Xbox One shedding its mandatory Kinect unit and the release of a few marquee titles like Titanfall and Destiny. To find out where each system stands today, we turn to you, our readers, to let us know about your own experiences with the two consoles. How many games have you bought? Which do you play every day? Do you still make use of options like voice control? Write a detailed review of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 on their product pages to let us know, and we’ll feature a few of the most insightful comments in our roundup posts next month.
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