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Join Us For a Tour of Xbox One’s New Dashboard & Achievement System
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As you’re probably aware by now, we’ve been knee deep in Xbox One shenanigans for well over a week now. First we brought you the first round of first-party reviews (digital-only and retail), and then we brought you the first batch of achievement lists. Yesterday we started bringing you our sneak peaks at all the games – in case the reviews weren’t enough to assist your buying decision – and that will continue throughout the week, starting later on today (i.e. Wednesday) with Crimson Dragon, Zoo Tycoon and Dead Rising 3, before we finish the week with Ryse, Forza 5 and hopefully some third-party next-gen titles.

We kick off today’s look at the Xbox One though with a more platform-orientated sneak peak. As well as the news about ‘meld’ and the clarification on the whole mid-game-update issue that hit the news recently, we’re now bringing you a proper look at the new dashboard interface and its new options that you’ll be spending many an hour staring at for the next few years. As well as that, being an achievement site, we’re also bringing you a look at the new achievement presentation and features that reside within said dashboards. Two videos for the price of one then.

We’re not stopping there either. As well as the two dashboard tours below, we’re hoping to take your questions later on today so you can ask your burning questions that have yet to be answered, whilst providing a user-driven live-stream where you choose what we show and what we play. Oh, and there's our Forza 5 review too, and then there’s the new podcast and a new site later on in the week… I’ve said too much! For now, enjoy these badboys below!

And of course, to catch up on all our Xbox One pre-launch coverage, head on over to our custom built and easy to navigate Xbox One launch zone.


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Comment #1 by Whiplash XXIII
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:18:16 PM
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I can't wait! It's looking so good!

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Comment #2 by killingcorpse
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:19:35 PM
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Neither can I

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Comment #3 by SkilledJR
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:34:25 PM
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Awesome thanks for the insight Dan

Hey Dan will there be a separate XBONE achievement site?

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Comment #4 by Tacticalkilljoy
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:39:35 PM
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We don't care about 0G achievements? I'm a completionist. I care more about getting AS MUCH as I can rather than the value of the achievement. Long live 0G achievements!

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Comment #5 by dbdikillhaji
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:46:31 PM
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less than 2 damn days... fuck yeah

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Comment #6 by FYC Punker
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:50:14 PM
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Don't like how you have to keep saying "Xbox" like two or three times before it does what you want,I was always worried that might happen.

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Comment #7 by MAJORPR3D4TOR
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:52:34 PM
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No custom dashboard themes?

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Comment #8 by Fire Hawk D
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:28:34 AM
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Interesting. But, I stopped watching a minute into the second video because if you want to see this interface in action RIGHT NOW, go download the Xbox One Smartglass App (Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Android). I've already got my dashboard all set for Friday. And, I've been browsing the achievements and challenges. I really like Dead Rising 3's challenges. =D

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Comment #9 by JordTDL
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:32:36 AM
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I'll be getting the Xbox One at launch with most launch titles. If anyone is interesting in playing feel free to add me : )

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Comment #10 by Nerotic Shadows
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:33:42 AM
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Hmmm, browsing achievements seems kind of awful now, which is a shame because I like having a tracker on the console level. Between that, and the voice commands (I HATE talking to any inanimate objects), this has put me back on the fence.

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Comment #11 by SPARTAN 8554
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:41:29 AM
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These last 2 days are killing me. Come on Nov.22nd!!

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Comment #12 by Spakon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:46:29 AM
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Hoping i can set kinect to only recognise my voice, my older brother is an asshole and would switch my console off every 5 minutes.. :c

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Comment #13 by Nekrobutcher
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 01:02:54 AM
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I hate TV and music and movies. Can I make it focus purely on games? Because advertising anything but VIDEO GAMES on my VIDEO GAME CONSOLE is idiotic and insulting. Personalization, please.

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Comment #14 by Creasy47
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 01:11:01 AM
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Canceled my console a few days ago. Going to ride out this 'next-gen console war' bullshit and just see which one has better games next year or something. I'm in no rush.

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Comment #15 by asilent boom
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 01:12:58 AM
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@10 So you hate talking on phones?

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Comment #16 by Nerotic Shadows
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 01:21:27 AM
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@15 Talking to the phone itself, I never use it. But with calling people, I'm getting a human response, so that's different.

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Comment #18 by Krovash
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 02:16:01 AM
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Another reason to wait for kinectless bundle, the damn thing can barely recognize voice. Thought MS would try to improve it, but it seems they've simply put kinect 1.0 parts into a different plastic casing and called it kinect 2.0.
The new dashboard looks a lot better than 360, it's actually easy to navigate with a controller this time around.
Overall i don't quite see a reason to buy this console at release, there are absolutely no innovative games that blow you away with quality or clever ideas, they're just slightly better graphically and that's it. I'll wait a year to see if any truly good games appear by that time on xbox one.

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Comment #19 by Agent00047
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 02:28:35 AM
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Dan, did you set up the kinect to your own voice? Because you had to say XBOX a few times before it actually realised you were givin it a command.

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Comment #20 by Bobabacca
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 02:59:04 AM
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2 days to go really can't wait! Thanks for the sneak peek :)

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Comment #21 by dirge
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:01:27 AM
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Very nice! At last achievement progress tracker!

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Comment #22 by DOPE BOI
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:10:39 AM
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Dan: Do the achievements from a 360 game carry over to the X1 game, or do they stack? Its seems nobody has answered this question with clarity.

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Comment #23 by Kyto Azevedo
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:13:50 AM
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Wow this looks pretty awesome, can't wait.

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Comment #24 by GR4V1G0R3
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:16:59 AM
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looks way better than this advert ridden sack of shit we've got now...but I can bet that is only because the ad server has yet to be activated, soon enough it will be Netflix / wuaki / lovefilm, whoever the fuck feels like paying MS even more fucking money so that our games are harder to locate between ads...

all I hope for the next gen is that with the systems using similar architectures, the quality of the games improves, rather than having devs bitching about 1 platform or the other, I don't care, I've got a PC too, that got shit on because all devs went, this format has no players, don't patch that, or even make it work properly, in fact, pass it to the new guys, they can make this one

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Comment #25 by gazmaster1
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:30:08 AM
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Bit of a mixed message. As Webb said the achievements area pain in the ass to navigate but in the closing comment achievement hunting will be easier with the Xbox one. Either way I cannot wait till Friday.

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Comment #26 by Craphex
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:50:17 AM
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@8 I downloaded it last night but nothing about setting up my xb1 homescreen? Only pins and browsing friends.

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Comment #27 by JJBDude
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 04:00:57 AM
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Got me VERY worried about Kinect recognising your voice properly. I'm a big believer in the device and so far from ever video I've seen it's worked flawlessly. Way to many mishaps in this video for my liking, am hoping it's not like this for everybody else!

Other than that thanks for the videos was a great insight :)

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Comment #28 by Backlashlaze
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 04:04:57 AM
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@22 This question has been answered multiple times, numerous articles have been written about it and a simple Google search will give you an answer immediately. What an absolute retard.

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Comment #29 by Fluttershy
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 04:08:30 AM
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Now less than 24 hours here until I get to pick up my Xbox one!! Wooo

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Comment #30 by heatlight
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 04:19:51 AM
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Sorry, we can't play this file on your phone. Seriously guys, why have you not sorted this out by now?

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Comment #31 by Backlashlaze
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 04:51:01 AM
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@27 Way TOO many mishaps.

And I'm sick of people thumbs'ing me down for speaking the truth. I'm not here to make friends. If your leaving a comment on a public forum prepare for the scrutiny.

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Comment #32 by macd
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 05:09:16 AM
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What happens when I press guide and go to achievements (or do the Xbone equivalent of this?).

Actually looks nice enough - I'm rather surprised. I don't plan on getting an Xbone until later 2014 or 2015 though. Still loads of good games on Xbox 360.

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Comment #33 by bigdave787
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 05:25:17 AM
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Xbox skype rich... Xbox skype rich... Xbox please for the love of god skype rich!!.. Ok skyping john! no xbox skype rich!!!...

Xbox off!.. Xbox turn off!... Xbox please turn off dont make me have to press a button please!!!!

Awh lord if only i could just press a button on a controller to do these things!

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Comment #34 by Benchem
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 06:07:30 AM
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Nice review, but two nitpicks:

1) No comment on how the Xbox Guide works, and how achievements and the like are shown on it.

2) No information explicitly on whether or not challenges and achievements have their individual lists. As we know they are 0G achievements, which suggests the are bundled together, but clarification would be nice.

Either way, this has been a good day. The reviews I've read so far have all been fairly positive, with a general consensus that although M$ have been focusing on the multimedia aspect, its still a very decent gaming system.

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Comment #35 by DOPE BOI
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 06:32:50 AM
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@ 28: Actually you slew footed, knock kneed, slack jawed, internet know it all, it hasn't been answered clearly. MS and other reports say that achievements stack, then the guy on Twitter who got his early said the cloud just updated his.

Honestly doesn't matter though I will be playing mine shortly; you have fun playing Troll though.

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Comment #36 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 07:23:34 AM
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Hey folks, if you have any questions, fire them in the comments and we'll either a.) address them all in a news piece later, or b.) answer them on the live stream that we're hopefully planning later (tech dependent). I've already noted the few questions that you guys have had thus far.

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Comment #37 by SPARTAN 8554
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 07:27:44 AM
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@22 - The achievements carry over with your profile and yes they do stack as both consoles have their own achievements. I have around 775 GS for CoD Ghost on the 360 and Ill probably get the same amount on the Xbox One edition. So have no fear, your Gamerscore is about to get a lot bigger. Happy gaming.

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Comment #38 by Jate
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 08:46:39 AM
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Worried about the Kinect voice recognition, I hope it isn't as rough as the current one. Questions: Are challenges shown as part of an overall achievement score? Is there a 'Kinect voice training' or something that can tune it to your voice? Is there a way to turn off motion sensing but keep voice on (so i don't have to worry about a big hand symbol appearing every time someone in the room moves)? Thanks.

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Comment #39 by Spakon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 09:12:46 AM
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@38 just put some tape or something over the kinect's camera, that's what i was planning on doing...

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Comment #40 by Spakon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 09:14:52 AM
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@everyone who keeps asking about the xbox guide,it seems as though there is no guide anymore, the dashboard and guide are the same thing.

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Comment #41 by UT Austin
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 09:15:52 AM
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Do the challenge achievements actually appear in your achievement list along with the achievements which award gamerscore? I guess more broadly, how do you view completed challenge achievements as well?

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Comment #42 by bobbyhopadop
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 09:25:19 AM
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@36 Webb x360a
Cheers for the videos; I was looking forward to finding out about the achievments. But there was a couple of other things I was hoping to see! It may not e possible to answer them yet though....

1: Are completed challenges listed on the same page of your profile as achievements?
2: Are non-completed challenges listed after their time is up? Like 5/12 complete etc.
3: How are Xbox One and Xbox 360 achievements that you have won seperated on your profile?

Apart from that I was very unimpressed with how poorly it recognised your commands. I wouldn't have the patience to repeat myself 2, 3 or 4 times!

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Comment #45 by GetInTheVanIHaveCandy
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 10:44:30 AM
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Can you skype eachother on an xbox one then snap it while you play?


You may not know this but worth an ask, with the twitch all can you and a friend set up a stream each then snap it, so that while playing you both have eachothers view points in the snap section to the right? (Kind of like they did with ghost recone when you could see a team mates perspective in the corner)

Apologies for any spelling or grammer errors my Iphone is completely screwed.

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Comment #46 by BlackestKnight
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 11:34:54 AM
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Adam Sessler's review was perfect for it. I want to like XB1, I want to want one really bad. But it appears that it's still Live TV and forced voice control. Hopefully in 2-3 years they will have everything ironed out. Or it will be the next Dreamcast. Either way....I owned and loved my Dreamcast. I'm trying to not sound like I'm bashing the system, but I'll probably still get thumbs downed......because that's how Xbox people are.

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Comment #47 by STONE DEVIL
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 11:40:07 AM
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The whole voice command crap is so f'ng DUMB. Guaranteed it will not work the way it should for all. So glad I'm not jumping on this band wagon. My 360 is perfectly fine for the next 3 to 5 years.

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Comment #48 by Goots 88
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:05:35 PM
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@4 - actually if you look it Powerstar Golf achievement list you actually will get an achievement for unlocking 4 of the challenges. I'm sure other games will follow suit, so even though they are 0g themselves, they actually will eventually add up to more gamescore... Thumbs up to you chap!

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Comment #49 by UT Austin
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:12:36 PM
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I would also like to know how secret achievements are handled, and what they look like in the new interface since the Ryse list was posted today with secret achievements.

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Comment #50 by IRA GUNNER AFC
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 12:13:09 PM
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@Staff From the video it seems the Kinect is very unresponsive? Is like that all the time or is it just this video?

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Comment #52 by TheEleventhDoctor
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 01:40:44 PM
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Although I've been extremely willing to get my Day One Console, I am sorely unimpressed with the speeds at which the Xbox handles all the menus software-wise - it simply isn't instant which is what I expect from next-gen. I'm sure the voice recognition differs from person to person, but from other videos and demos it seems to work near-flawlessly as a great companion for gaming in particular.

However, if by Watch_Dogs' release in 2014, inaccuracies, slow speeds, 1080p native issues (Xbone can do it), hidden menus do still provide a generally inferior experience, then I'm afraid I will have to get the PS4 as a last-hope alternative. We'll see this Friday!

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Comment #53 by SkipDaddy
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 03:01:29 PM
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In these videos, the clicking of the controller is already grating on my nerves. Why is the new controller so clicky? My OCD is kicking in big time.

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Comment #54 by McDurbin
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 06:42:54 PM
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@30, If they would just use Youtube like every other site then there would be no issues.

As far as the kinect not recognizing voice well, its probably due to the person's accent. I have a hard time understanding british people sometimes because of their accent so I'm sure thats why the kinect is having issues. Maybe they will update it to better understand different accents and languages.

I too would like to know if challenges affect your completion percentage. When you view someones profile do they have two separate options for achievements and challenges, like compare achievements and compare challenges?

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Comment #55 by Slim Shady
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 07:09:40 PM
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very worried about ach tracking after watching vid 2........looks like a giant pain in the ass now :( also with that new system, how would u compair ach's with a friend???????????????????

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Comment #56 by Daniel55645
Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 02:24:17 AM
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man im getting super excited for this. and man am i happy about arcade games having 1000G now

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Comment #57 by chizrocker88
Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 01:06:04 PM
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For all the people complaining about Kinect not working, Kotaku explained that you've got to be very precise with what you tell it to do, and when you do that it works.

For example, if you say "Xbox, play Forza 5" it probably won't work. But if you say "Xbox, play Forza Motorsport 5" it will, because that's the official title of the game. They think things like that will be updated for more precision in the coming weeks, but for now they said it still works 85% of the time.

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