[Updated] Report: Xbox One Will Talk Back, Allow Friends To Play For You
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.