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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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"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."
Great! Is it going to ask for their credit card info so it can sign them up for XboxLIVE Gold, too? Because that's the only way you can enjoy all these amazing new features.
This new generation of consoles has just been the biggest disappointment for me. I'll probably just buy a PS3, since I have missed out on a lot of great exclusives this generation by only owning a 360.
That's really weird that thru Skype chat someone can take over. It's a near feature, but everything else about this console won't make me get it.
the kinnect thing sounds...f'in creepy...
That... is creepy.
Plenty of "Go f*ck yourself, xbox"'s will be had forward going.
see how such a simple thing can make people once again love the xbox.
More features that I have no use for. OMG this is getting worse by the second.
Impressive, but not a selling point. Still interested in the Xbox One, but you guys need to make me EXCITED for the Xbox One.
I think most people have already made up their minds.
Why would i want someone else playing my game! No thanks!
This tactic they're doing has not been very effective so far, sure it keeps people talking about their new console but at the same time it's alienating their costumers. Even with E3 on the way I think they're pushing their luck, specially since they're the most disliked out of the whole bunch.
Why in the F would I ever find use for this feature?
Come to think of it, I've been asking this same question about 75% of what the "one" is offering.