Tagged with: Video Games

Xbox One Gets April Update, Adds Friend Notifications and More

Xbox One Gets April Update, Adds Friend Notifications and More

The Xbox One April update has begun rolling out to systems and will continue over the next few days, according to an announcement on the Major Nelson blog. The latest update initially rolled out last month to users in Microsoft's beta program, an initiative that lets console owners test system updates prior to their ...

Exercise Your Brain by Playing Video Games

Exercise Your Brain by Playing Video Games

Mamma Mia! Last year, scientists in Berlin found that playing Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day increased gray matter in the brain. According to the journal of Molecular Psychiatry, this astounding find was observed in the parts of the brain that involve spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine ...

This Xbox Controller Gauges Your Boredom, Increases Game Difficulty

This Xbox Controller Gauges Your Boredom, Increases Game Difficulty

Heart rate, temperature, respiration, and perspiration: These are our autonomous functions--our core physiological processes--that signal stress or arousal and can betray our otherwise cool exteriors. Stanford researcher Gregory Kovacs is reading these signals through a modified Xbox game controller. By adding a new, ...

The Xbox One’s First Original Video Content is Coming in June

The Xbox One’s First Original Video Content is Coming in June

Microsoft is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots. All are involved in shows that Microsoft’s new Xbox television studio plans to roll out globally starting in June. Helmed by former CBS Corp. honcho Nancy Tellem, who Microsoft ...

Microsoft is Considering Xbox 360 Emulation on the Xbox One

Microsoft is Considering Xbox 360 Emulation on the Xbox One

When the Xbox One was announced last year, many Xbox 360 owners were upset that the system wouldn't be backward compatible with 360 games. Now, there's some indication that Microsoft is looking to remedy this situation through emulation, though the specific timing or form that the emulation will take is still unclear. ...

Microsoft Patches a Big Xbox One Security Flaw Found by a Five-Year-Old

Microsoft Patches a Big Xbox One Security Flaw Found by a Five-Year-Old

A young Ocean Beach boy is in the spotlight after he discovered a back door in to one of the most popular gaming systems in the world. When 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel is playing his Xbox, his feet don't touch the ground. But something he did has made the smartest guys at Microsoft pay attention. “I was like yea!” ...

Windows 8.1, Cortana, Touchscreen Office and More: What Microsoft Unveiled on Day One of Build 2014

Windows 8.1, Cortana, Touchscreen Office and More: What Microsoft Unveiled on Day One of Build 2014

Microsoft packed the three hours of Wednesday's Build 2014 event with announcements for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and even the Xbox platform. Although all of Microsoft’s platforms have news of their own, the biggest focus was on the mobile one: Windows Phone 8.1. The software update starts rolling out to consumers in ...

Microsoft Introduces Universal Windows Apps, Which Work on PC, Mobile and Xbox

Microsoft Introduces Universal Windows Apps, Which Work on PC, Mobile and Xbox

At its Build 2014 conference on Wednesday, Microsoft announced universal Windows apps, which work across PCs, phones, tablets and even the Xbox One. In other words, the Windows runtime in Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be available to Windows Phone developers. This is a huge announcement for developers looking to build apps on ...

Amazon Fire TV’s (Optional) Gaming Controller Will Cost $39.99

Amazon Fire TV’s (Optional) Gaming Controller Will Cost $39.99

We all expected this, right? Yes, Amazon has a game controller, and it works with the company's newly announced Fire TV. Sure, you could use the set-top box's remote or an upcoming custom app to play games, but there's a dedicated controller too that's ready to wrangle a Fire TV-specifc version of Minecraft, NBA 2K14, Sev ...

Study: Kids Who Spend Less Time With Screens Sleep More, Improve Academically and Become More Fit

Study: Kids Who Spend Less Time With Screens Sleep More, Improve Academically and Become More Fit

With kids in the US clocking in screen time like it's a full-time job -- they spend on average seven hours a day in front of some sort of screen -- researchers at Iowa State University decided to investigate what sort of effects, if any, parental monitoring of all that screen time might have. What they found may seem ...