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Update Microsoft has issued the official announcement on the stand alone Kinect sensor for the Xbox One going on sale for $149.99, but with a slight date change to October 7. The company also says it will come with a code to download a free game, the upcoming Dance Central Spotlight from developer Harmonix.

Original story Ever since Microsoft decoupled the Kinect sensor from the Xbox One, the one lingering question was when would they sell it as a stand-alone unit? Offering an Xbox One without the Kinect sensor made financial sense in Microsoft's struggle against Sony, but it does not mean that people may never want to want to buy the Kinect at a later point. Until now though, there was no option to do so.

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The Kinect is no longer as important to Microsoft's Xbox One plans as it used to be (neither of the Call of Duty nor Sunset Overdrive bundles will include it). The Xbox One launched without any compelling Kinect games (though we enjoyed Zumba Fitness World Party), and developers haven't been too eager to pick up the slack since then.

Luckily, Harmonix is on the case. The studio has two Kinect-specific Xbox One games in store for the fall: the downloadable Dance Central Spotlight and the retail Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One and 360, published by Disney). Dance Central comes with built in-good will from Xbox 360 Kinect owners, but Fantasia is a more unknown property. To help get things moving, Disney has announced that Fantasia preorders will include a bundle of three bonus songs – including "Let it Go" as performed by Demi Lovato!

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I feel so embarrassed right now. I've had the Xbox One for about 3 months, and I just learned that the Kinect microphone has been on while playing multiplayer games. I assumed that no one could hear me when the headset isn't connected. This means other people may have heard things that I didn't want them to hear. Don't make the same mistake. Turn off that Kinect microphone.

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It's a rather humorous, albeit strange experience, but the latest Xbox One advertisement from Microsoft features Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. That's not the strange part. Paul says the familiar phrase "Xbox On" towards the beginning of the clip, but it appears this verbal command is also having an impact on consoles in consumer homes as console owners have reported their own Xbox One booting up without their permission because of this advert.

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Ubisoft is launching a new fitness game called Shape Up exclusively on Xbox One that will hopefully get you into better shape. The game uses Kinect's camera tech to project the user into the game, sort of like bringing a user into a virtual world. This way, Kinect isn't staring and leering at you in the hopes of making you feel guilty about being a couch potato.

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On the heels of the Xbox Media Briefing at E3, Microsoft has announced the details about Xbox One availability in India.

Xbox One will be available in India from September 23, 2014 starting at INR 39,990. Every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console with a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player, and built-in Wi-Fi as well as one Xbox One Wireless Controller. There would also be a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. 

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Microsoft has commenced the selling of its Xbox One console without the Kinect sensor for $399.99 (£349.99) through its own stores in the UK and US. A similar configuration is expected to go on sale in other markets later today, bringing the rather controversial move by Microsoft to many gamers around the world. The company is looking to tackle Sony's lead in the console war by offering skeleton bundles at more affordable price points.

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The second-generation of Kinect for Windows is coming this summer, but a select number of developers have early access. Those developers are working on cool experiences that will come with Kinect for Windows. We've seen Kinect used to treat patients in a variety of ways. One company, Jintronix, has just been granted FDA approval for their unique approach with Kinect.

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Yesterday Microsoft broke my heart and the hearts of early Xbox One adopters around the world. In case you missed it, Microsoft announced a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One will be offered for $399. That’s $100 cheaper than the current Xbox One SKU. That Xbox One sans Kinect will be available on June 9th in all regions where the Xbox One is already available. That bright future of the Kinect with the Xbox One that Microsoft promised last summer is now dead.

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Microsoft has just announced that a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One will go on sale for $399 starting in June. What's more, Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live Gold will no longer be required for any entertainment apps, including Twitch, YouTube, Netflix, or Hulu. Users will still also be able to watch live TV and use OneGuide as well as Skype and OneDrive.

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You usually think Xbox when you think Kinect. However, you should also be thinking PC. Microsoft launched Kinect for the Xbox 360 in late 2010. It later followed up with a version of Kinect for Windows in early 2011. A non-commercial Kinect SDK came shortly after that release of Kinect for Windows. Version 2 of Kinect came out this past fall with the launch of the Xbox One. Naturally a PC version would follow. Today, Microsoft has shared images and details on version 2 of Kinect for Windows.

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The next generation of Kinect Sports will be launching this April for Xbox One owners. The upcoming title, 'Kinect Sports Rivals', dives players into the extremely immersive and exciting world of athleticism and competitive rivalry. As you fight for the gold, your experience will be narrated by none other than the tenth Doctor, David Tennant.

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There are two serious illnesses affecting elderly around the world – Alzheimer's and dementia. While cures would be the perfect option for patients suffering from said cognitive diseases, until research and science combine to produce such results, we're left with technology attempting to make lives that bit more bearable.

The Forest Project utilizes the Unreal Engine 4, Smart-enabled TVs and Microsoft Kinect 2 to create an immersive experience in the form of virtual worlds. 

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