Gaming.

Ben Logan
17 July 2013

One of the first great successes of the gaming Kickstarter generation, the Ouya is a budget priced gaming console that won’t be causing any sleepless nights for Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, but could be of interest to the retro gamers as well as a niche demographic. The console itself is about the same size as a coffee mug and looks like a small cube with rounded edges. Its streamlined design simply has a single Power On button and a selection of ports at the back for USB, HDMI, LAN and the power port. Being a smaller player on the scene…

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Ben Logan
23 May 2013

Microsoft has announced their next generation Xbox, dubbed the Xbox One. While the official press releases and sponsored articles appear very excitable, reaction from critics and members of the public who were given a preview have been less enthusiastic. The base unit will come with a new Kinect sensor and voice recognition, with Microsoft no doubt keen to do for gesture and vocal control what the iPhone did for the touch screen user experience.  Nevertheless, their decision to include a Windows 8 user interface will be less than delightful news to many. A lot of the concern (and disappointment) about…

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Ben Logan
5 December 2011

In 2008, we saw a complete overhaul of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 user interface. Now at the beginning of December, there is going to be another round of updates that are equally game changing. The new Xbox Dashboard is based on the Metro design, now familiar to us from the Windows phone. It provides a simple and intuitive hub from where the user can easily access their games, music, movies and other content. Windows 8 is set to feature a similar interface, tying together all three platforms for a unified customer experience. In addition, Microsoft’s motion detection system Kinect will allow…

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