Kinect 2.0 Will Be Very Creepy

xbox-one-kinectA recent report by Polygon suggests that the Xbox One could find new ways to annoy the hardcore gamer. While they’re humming and hawing over used games, Polygon’s sources are talking about the XBOne’s iteration of Kinect being a little bit like Apple’s Siri program. However, it seems to be that it’s a bit closer to HAL 9000 than Siri.

Since no summary I can write will do it justice, here’s the direct quote from Polygon’s report:

Kinect used its facial recognition to scan a room full of people and note if there was someone in the room it didn’t recognize. It then told the console owner that there is someone in the room it didn’t recognize and asked the new person to identify themselves. Once the person said their name, Kinect welcomed them and saved their information to the console.

We knew that the Kinect was getting an upgrade in terms of the camera’s resolution as Microsoft said at the reveal that the new Kinect camera would be 1080p (or 1080 vertical pixels) compared to the current Kinect’s game resolution of 240 vertical pixels. Computer users who had hacked the Kinect found that the camera could detect finger movements at 480 pixels. However, facial recognition is far beyond any Kinect functionality that anyone asked for.

By the way, that same Polygon report says that the Xbone’s version of Skype will allow the person on the other end of the call to take over your game. We’ve already heard about this function during the PlayStation 4 launch. I don’t know why we need that but it looks like everyone’s going to be able to take over other people’s consoles.

Source: Polygon


About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on May 27, 2013, in Games and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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