Spotify launches gaming playlist


Today, music streaming service Spotify has released Spotify Gamers. The channel features curated lists and original video game music to choose from as well. Playlists consists of various music to go hand in hand with any gaming session.

Spotify was originally launched in 2008 and today has become a regularly used service. Active members are estimated to be in the millions and more for registered users. It has grown to be a provider of any type of genre of music for the public.

Now a dedicated video game music channel is available for everyone. Some curated lists to choose from include retro gaming, indie gaming, and epic gaming inspired. These lists feature music from established artists to fit the mood of the respective genre. The original game soundtracks available include recent titles such as No Man’s Sky and other titles such as Halo 5.

Music fans and fans of video game music can enjoy the channel now.


Xbox One puts its TV DVR feature “on hold” to focus on gaming experiences


Xbox One won’t be getting its DVR function for ‘Over-the-Air TV’ any time soon according to a statement Microsoft has sent to The Verge.

The recording ability was meant to arrive sometime this year but now it’s being put on hold with this message from Microsoft:

“After careful consideration, we’ve decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10. We’re always listening to fan feedback and we look forward to bringing more requested experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live this year.”

You can still watch TV on Xbox One with a digital tuner but any dream of saving fave programs are well and truly scuppered for now.

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New Kinect Hardware Heading to Windows Sensor SDK in 2014

Developers will be able to play with this baby via a Windows-based SDK next year.

Kinect for Windows is nothing new, but its primarily development-geared uses have kept the little devices under the radar for most PC users interested in using the tech. The next-generation Kinect will be receiving an receiving the same treatment, and will make its way to the Windows sensor and software development kit next year.

Though one would assume the release of the new Kinect for Windows PCs would solely be for software developers to make use of, it may be possible the Microsoft have bigger plans for the device and Windows 8 users down the line.

The new Kinect’s features are prime for advanced DRM technologies. Voice and face recognition, for one, would be a formidable foe to PC software piracy. The Windows 8 Metro interface would also be the perfect shell for the motion-based control the Kinect provides. It’s difficult to imagine Microsoft haven’t thought of this in their strategy for the struggling operating system.

All of the above conjecture aside, the new model will be available for use in Kinect for Windows in 2014. Whether you choose to be excited over what this could bring to the personal computing space if made into a standard PC peripheral is up to you.