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Update: Microsoft has offered a statement about the reported but unconfirmed features of the Xbox One. A representative from Microsoft e-mailed us the following statement:
"In the days since we announced Xbox One there has been a lot of random speculation about various features and potential future scenarios for Xbox One. We look forward to sharing more details at a later date, but aren't discussing anything further at this time."
With all the conflicting reports about what the Xbox One will do, and how it will handle online and used games, Microsoft seems to be trying to quell the rumors with a campaign of "wait and see" statements like the one seen above. It looks like we will just have to wait for E3 to learn more.
A new report from Polygon reveals a couple of Kinect features Microsoft hasn't previously disclosed about its new console.
According to the report, Kinect will recognize when someone new enters the room, and check against saved profiles. If it doesn't know the person yet, it will ask the newcomer to identify himself/herself. The Xbox One will have a voice, but that function might not be ready to roll at launch.
Furthermore, gamers will be able to enlist the assistance of friends when playing games. Via the integrated Skype chat, players can cede control to friend. How this will impact achievements is, as of yet, unknown.
We've reached out to Microsoft for comment.
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Anyone else have a bad feeling that Kinect won't recognize their voice? Me: Xbox Turn on Kinect: No Me: well why the hell not Kinect: cannot understand what you are saying Me: just turn on you over glorified piece of machinery Kinect: No Me: Comply Kinect: Never
Me: Resistance is futile Kinect:.... Me: Ohh, just self destruct
Kinect: Alright, initiating self destruct
For the record I got a redneck(southern) accent and most devices never understand what I am saying.
Okay. People just love this stuff I guess. I don't. I find that Siri doesn't really work all that well so I don't use it. I imagine similar results with this.
I really hope this isn't what Microsoft is saving for E3.
Wow it asks your friends to identify themselves? I hope this isn't in order for them to play. If you have to own a game yourself to even play it at another persons house that would be ridiculous.
Xbone: Morning Ozz.
Ozz: lol, morning Xbone.
3 years later:
Ozz: Shut the *** up!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, another reason I don't want kinect, and another feature that I didn't care about when sony announced it. M$ is still digging their hole deeper with me.
Great not only do I to pay a fee just to use the store, multiplayer, and play used games. Now I have to worry about HAL 9000 screwing me over in my game.
Man this Xbox looks and seem's like trash.
It's gonna be hilarious when my Xbox One asks "Who are you?" when someone enters my room.