Microsoft announced today that it has appointed Chris Capossela to Chief Marketing Officer and senior vice president of Consumers Channels and Central Marketing Group.
Microsoft’s Kinect motion control system for the Xbox 360 has surpassed 10 million units sold, with more than 10 million Kinect standalone games sold as well, the company announced today.
FaceCake is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.
Microsoft is releasing a development kit in March that will help third-party developers create applications that use its Kinect motion controller.
Now here’s a cool demonstration of some possible integration between Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and its Kinect motion gaming controller: using a phone to throw balls at gamers playing the Rally Ball game on the Xbox 360.
Call it Kinectification. Microsoft said today that its video-game business grew dramatically thanks to sales of its Kinect motion-sensing system.
Microsoft confirmed today that its Xbox 360 game console and Kinect motion-control system sold in such large numbers during the holidays that it expects shortages in the near term.
After the smashing success of Microsoft’s Kinect motion-control system for the Xbox 360, a bunch of companies are getting excited about taking the technology to PCs and other devices. We profiled Sixense earlier today, and here’s a snapshot of motion-sensing software firm Omek Interactive, which was founded in 2006.
Guest Post 2011 will be a year of economic recovery and continued drama in Silicon Valley, marked by the hyped battles of Apple vs. Google, Google vs. Facebook, and Oracle vs. the rest of the enterprise world. Without further ado, here is the 4th annual edition of my technology predictions.
Since November, Microsoft has sold more than 8 million Kinect motion-control systems for the Xbox 360 video game console.
As we begin 2011, optimism is on the upswing. And we’ll need it: The technology industry has a lot of potential, as embodied in these 10 trends we’re seeing, but it will take continued growth — and a lot of hard work — to make them happen. What do you think of our crystal ball-gazing? Vote for your favorite trend in our poll at the end.
Here’s our roundup of the of the week’s tech business news. (It’s shorter than usual, owing to the fact that there’s less going on during the holidays.) First, here are the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Microsoft got excited when hackers started coming up with novel uses for its Kinect motion control system which debuted for the Xbox 360 in November. But it was less than thrilled with the idea of using Kinect for sex games.
And there was much rejoicing. Video game sales rose a healthy 8 percent for the month of November compared to a year ago, according to market researcher NPD. The sales were up mostly thanks to strong sales of Call of Duty Black Ops and the debut of Microsoft’s Kinect motion-control system.
Microsoft is on a roll: Its newly launched Windows Phone 7 is gaining momentum, and Kinect, its motion controller response to the Wii, could very well sell out before the end of the year. If there was ever a time for Microsoft to get back on its feet and stand shoulder to shoulder with Apple and Google, this would be it.
Thanks to strong demand over the Black Friday weekend, Microsoft said it has sold more than 2.5 million units of its Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360.
The holiday selling season is about to kick off and, slow economy or not, tech gadgets are going to be high on the wish list for a lot of us. At VentureBeat, we like gifts that work, that are fun, and that are affordable.
The newest motion-control systems from Microsoft and Sony are starting to be in short supply as the busy holiday shopping season approaches.
Welcome to the app economy. Next stop, video game consoles.
We’ve unveiled VentureBeat’s picks for the 10 best video games of the holiday season. And this year’s picks really show how much the $20 million U.S. gaming market has changed in the past year. The growing influence of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and mobile gaming experiences such as the iPhone are clear to see. These games have great single-player experiences, but many of them also have excellent social sharing and multiplayer experiences too, a factor that’s becoming increasingly important in this market.
It’s now safe to say that motion-controlled gaming isn’t just a fad.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
The comparisons between Microsoft’s Kinect body-gesture motion-control system and the cool gesture-controlled computer in the 2002 sci fi movie Minority Report are getting old, but I can’t help but think of that film when looking at developer Florian Echtler’s multitouch interface hack (see video below) for Kinect.
Cisco’s Umi teleconferencing camera for home living room use and the Microsoft Kinect motion controller have more in common than you might think.
Five years ago, video games were in a “golden age.” The Playstation 2 was dominating sales and found its way into most households, and gamers still plugged controllers into their systems to play their games. Then people began texting on their phones — and the world changed forever, said Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime.
Microsoft has created a unique experience with its Kinect motion-control gaming system. On its face, it’s more compelling than either the Nintendo Wii, which is now showing its age, and the Sony PlayStation Move, the wand-like controller from Sony that doesn’t go far enough in motion sensing.
Just a few days after the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing game system, hackers have broken the security behind it, according to a video released today.
Microsoft launched its long-awaited Kinect motion-control system tonight at midnight Eastern time with a huge dance party in Times Square.
Microsoft plans to sell more than 5 million Kinect motion-sensing systems for the Xbox 360 this quarter, up from its previous forecast of 3 million units.
[Update: Microsoft and Canesta have confirmed the deal.]
Microsoft reported today that Xbox 360 video game console sales are up 38 percent compared to a year ago. The company said in its earnings call that it sold more than 2.8 million consoles in the quarter. But the Xbox 360 has been enjoying a resurgence, growing at faster rates than the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii since Microsoft launched a redesigned console in June.
MTV’s Dance Central is expected to be one of the hot titles for the Microsoft Kinect motion-sensing system launching on Nov. 4 for the Xbox 360.
Kudo Tsunoda has been working as the creative director on Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect system for three years now. The system is about to ship on Nov. 4 and it will be the biggest upgrade for the Xbox 360 since the video game console shipped in 2005.
If you haven’t heard of Microsoft’s Kinect yet, it will no doubt be hammered into your head over the next few weeks as the software giant is gearing up to spend over $500 million to market the Xbox 360 motion-controlling accessory, the New York Post reports.
Hoping to stir buzz for holiday game sales, Ubisoft showed off four new games that will use Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system today.
In 2007, Ubisoft started investigating a 3D camera from PrimeSense, a startup that was exploring the idea of motion controls for video games. Ubisoft, the big French video game company, decided to invest a lot of resources in finding out how to make games more fun with new kinds of gestures.
In a blow for holiday video game sales, Nintendo said it would delay the launch its 3DS handheld video game system until February, dashing hopes that the highly anticipated product would be on store shelves this holiday season.
Microsoft’s XBox 360 finally claimed the top sales spot for August, and now the company has high hopes for its Kinect motion-sensing controller for the console. It’s estimating it will sell 3 million Kinect controllers by the end of this year.
Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system is starting to get some interesting support from game publishers. Electronic Arts announced today at the Gamescom conference in Germany that it is adding support for Kinect in EA Sports Active 2 and Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows part 1.