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Microsoft Working On Muscle Controlled Control System

Microsoft Reasearch is currently researching an EMG based controllerfor the use in videogame sand other input devices.The EMG system Microsoft Research has been working on has been demonstarted in a new video highlighting some of the applications that could benefit from an EMG (electromyography) based control system strapped the the forearm to decode muscle signals on the surface of the skin.The demonstration video shows a researcher playing Guitar Hero by pushing fingers together while strumming with the other arm removing the need for peripherals.

By Paul Younger | 4 Jan 2010 | Comments Off

Microsoft Patent Targets Fat Gamers?

A patent filed by Microsoft for “Avatar Individualized by Physical Characteristic” appears to be targeting overweight gamers.The patent that’s been filed outlines plans to assign larger game avatars based on an individual’s real weight and size which they say will reflect “many of the incentives of the real world replicated in a virtual environment”.

By Paul Younger | 18 Dec 2009 | Comments Off

Microsoft: Windows 7 Will Be Dominant PC Gaming Platform

Microsoft is confident that Windows 7 will be the gaming platform of choice on PC.Speaking to MCV, Microsoft’s director of consumer product management Parri Munsell said “We believe Windows 7 is going to be the dominant PC gaming platform.””If there is any hesitancy – perhaps we have people still on XP because they had issues with Vista – those days are over.

By Paul Younger | 1 Oct 2009 | Comments Off

Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo Will Never Support OnLive

OnLive will never get the support from console developers.The claims were made by Gaikai founder David Perry in a recent interview with Develop.”A pretty obvious difference between ourselves and OnLive is the fact that they’ll never have an Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft game on their system.” he said.Perry added, “The OnLive team are positioning it as something where you won’t need a PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii any more; you can just have their box.”He also stated he hoped Gaikai would feature console game support after showcasing Mario Kart on the preview.”What I expect is one of the platform holders will do a trial with us, and the others, when they see what happens, will kind of be forced to follow suit.” 

By Paul Younger | 10 Jul 2009 | Comments Off

Microsoft E3 Conference: The Full Story

Now that, there? That Microsoft conference? That was bloody impressive.
Perhaps E3 last year dulled our expectations sufficiently that the one this year is capable of really blowing our minds.

By Paul Younger | 2 Jun 2009 | Comments Off

Microsoft Settles Homophobia Case

Microsoft have reportedly settled the pending litigation regarding homophobic treatment of one of its staff members.Lionhead artist Jamie Durrant suffered homophobic abuse from January 2008, reports the Telegraph.Upon complaining to Human Resources, Durrant claims he was asked not to raise a formal grievance in order to prevent creating an “uneasy atmosphere.” He apparently agreed, on condition that an email was sent out reminding people “how to behave responsibly in a diverse office.” Durrant claimed that months passed without the email being sent, and when he questioned HR on the delay, he was allegedly informed that new policies would have to be drawn up before such an email could be sent out.Durrant had since been off sick with depression for 7 months, and sued the company for £45,000Now, however, it looks as though the matter has been settled.

By Paul Younger | 6 Apr 2009 | Comments Off

Blizzard In Talks With Microsoft About Next Xbox

Blizzard’s Rob Pardo confirmed that Blizzard has been in talks with Microsoft about the next Xbox console.While he wouldn’t give away any information on what the discussions have been about, he confirmed Blizzard is actively talking to the Xbox giant.Pardo did, however, say he believes controls are a big problem when it comes to porting games over to the consoles.”There are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don’t take to consoles because they don’t support the input device and you end up with crappy ports.

By Paul Younger | 26 Mar 2009 | Comments Off

Microsoft Drops Games For Windows Live fees

Microsoft has confirmed its Games for Windows (GFW) LIVE service is now free.The service offers cross-platform gaming between PC and Xbox 360 (in supported games) and shared gamertags, friends lists, achievements and gamerscores with Xbox Live.

By Paul Younger | 24 Jul 2008 | Comments Off

Microsoft Train Sim Review

It had to happen really, no getting away from the fact that there are probably enough train buffs in the UK to sell this title by the truck-load.

By Paul Younger | 21 Apr 2008 | Comments Off

AMD walk back from claims that Windows 7 won’t get DirectX 12

Towards the end of last week, it emerged that AMD’s Richard Huddy (their “gaming scientist”) had made some statements at an event called PDXLAN regarding DirectX 12.

By Peter Parrish | 18 Nov 2014 | 4

The Game Awards 2014 announced for December – Might not be terrible

A new awards ceremony for video games will take place in Vegas this December.

By Paul Younger | 11 Nov 2014 | 1

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC fixes and workarounds

The PC port of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hasn’t escaped technical problems but there are solutions.

By Paul Younger | 4 Nov 2014 | 5

IncGamers Podcast #187

The podcast boosts its numbers back up to three this week, as Paul completes work on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (aka: his back yard.) There’s pleasing Lucasarts-related news from GOG, which brings TIE Fighter and X-Wing (plus Sam & Max and others) to the digital world.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Oct 2014 | 1

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a season pass, Pope still Catholic

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will, it turns out, have a season pass; we’ve also received word that bears enjoy the comfort of woodland for their toilet activities.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Oct 2014 | 2

FIFA 15’s PC player center rush bug has equally bizarre fix

Enterprising FIFA 15 PC players have seemingly found a solution to the utterly bizarre “everybody rush after the ball” bug we reported on yesterday.

By Peter Parrish | 25 Sep 2014 | Comments Off

IncGamers Podcast #181

In this week’s episode of the podcast, we have a high level ethical and intellectual debate about whether we’d sell out for a sum of $2.5 billion do … we would.

By Peter Parrish | 16 Sep 2014 | 4

Dead Rising 2 and Resident Evil 5 moving to Steamworks next year

Microsoft may not be shutting down Games for Windows Live in the form of a cackling man flicking a switch and ending the service overnight, but it’s still a hollow entity limping along on life support.

By Peter Parrish | 8 Sep 2014 | Comments Off

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team aims to crack down on coin bots and cheats

It may be a futile effort, but EA Sports wants FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team mode to be a little less influenced by coin bots and cheaters.

By Peter Parrish | 24 Aug 2014 | 1

Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ offers vague answers about exclusivity

The Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal mystery train rumbles on, as Crystal Dynamics publish an FAQ that doesn’t really answer all that much.

By Peter Parrish | 23 Aug 2014 | Comments Off

Civilization: Beyond Earth system specs and pre-order on Steam

Firaxis’ Civilization: Beyond Earth is now on Steam in pre-order form, complete with a bundle offer and some lovely PC system specs to compare against your own machine.

By Peter Parrish | 20 Aug 2014 | Comments Off

The Escapists breaking into Steam Early Access next week

The Escapists was revealed as one of next year’s Xbox One games at Microsoft’s Gamescom conference, but it’s hitting Steam Early Access next week.

By Tim McDonald | 15 Aug 2014 | Comments Off

Rise of the Tomb Raider is indeed a timed exclusive

Microsoft have revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s exclusivity on Xbox is, as we speculated, a limited time thing.

By Tim McDonald | 13 Aug 2014 | 1

Rise of the Tomb Raider multi-platform petition gathers pace

Tomb Raider fans come together and apply pressure to have the “exclusivity” overturned.

By Paul Younger | 13 Aug 2014 | 10

Is Rise of the Tomb Raider really an Xbox exclusive?

I’ll hold my hands up and admit it: I naturally assumed, as I think most people did, that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be coming to PC.

By Tim McDonald | 12 Aug 2014 | 1

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC release still uncertain (Updated)

Rise of the Tomb Raider has had another little mention at Gamescom’s Xbox conference, but there’s still no mention of a PC version.

By Tim McDonald | 12 Aug 2014 | 1

Assassin’s Creed Unity Gamescom Trailer is quite impressive

UbiSoft show more action from Assassin’s Creed Unity as the pre-Gamescom reveals get underway.

By Paul Younger | 12 Aug 2014 | Comments Off

Gamescom 2014 conference and event schedules – These are the times you need to know

Gamescom kicks off this week and there’s plenty to watch out for.

By Paul Younger | 11 Aug 2014 | Comments Off

Undead Labs to announce new game on Monday

Next week developer Undead Labs will be revealing a new game and it’s not State of Decay related.

By Paul Younger | 30 Jul 2014 | Comments Off

Games for Windows Live to remain on life support, for now

Microsoft doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with their botched Games for Windows Live non-service, but for now it’s remaining on life support.

By Peter Parrish | 23 Jun 2014 | Comments Off

Latest Arkham Knight release date clue puts it in February

The Batman: Arkham Knight release date is proving trickier to locate than Bruce Wayne during a Gotham crisis.

By Peter Parrish | 23 Jun 2014 | Comments Off