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#1 Andrew

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:52

Xbox, can you hear me now? Xbox One voice detection requires some repetition
By Associated Press, Published: November 8
 

LOS ANGELES — Like a stubborn family member or insubordinate employee, Xbox One owners might need to tell their fancy new console what to do more than once.

In flashy commercials that began airing last week to promote Microsoft’s upcoming video game system, an array of users verbally command their Xbox Ones to do stuff like answer a Skype call, fire up a “Titanfall” match or play the latest “Star Trek” film. The ads leave out one detail: They probably had to repeat themselves a couple of times for it to work.

 

At a demonstration of the Xbox One this week organized by Microsoft, the new version of the company’s voice-and-motion-detecting Kinect sensor didn’t work nearly as flawlessly in real life. The Xbox 360 successor, which is scheduled for release Nov. 22, required several commands to be repeated for the response to pop up on screen.

 

During a private 45-minute presentation showcasing the console’s media and entertainment capabilities, about 10 of 45 voice commands issued had to be repeated by a Microsoft spokesman — some as many as four times. Kinect didn’t immediately detect such orders as “Xbox, watch ESPN” and “Xbox, Bing movies with Sandra Bullock” during the demo.

 

“Everything you’re seeing here is going to get better,” promised Jose Pinero, senior director of marketing and public relations for Xbox, at the conclusion of Wednesday’s demo. “Right now, we’re still a couple of weeks away but voice, the more you use it and the more the system learns, the more accurate it becomes. We’re still working on fit and finish.”

 

 

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#2 Max Norris

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:55

I've only dabbled with a few voice controlled programs in the past, but they've always required "training" to get the hang of your voice.  Nothing new there, they even say it's still being tweaked.



#3 Brian M.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:55

So it's pretty much on par with every other voice control system in existence then?

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:56

I'd imagine it would work much better in a quiet living room than a big presentation with a lot of press and cameras going off. I think the issue here is background noise. The more background noise, the more likely you have to repeat a command.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:00

^and thats where headset with directed mic are superior than kinect's mic.



#6 psionicinversion

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:07

Of course it requires repetition to learn your voice otherwise how can it pick out your voice out of a room with other people speaking, so the point in quoting this and putting it in here is stupid. Fair enough after a week of you constantly talking to it and it not picking up basic voice commands then its a problem but seeing as the console isnt even released yet its stupid at best



#7 spenser.d

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:25

There's a video in another thread that I posted of a guy from the Verge using it for the first time and he did have to repeat a couple - but they also said it takes about half an hour for people to get used to the cadence required as well. And here it was only 10 of 45 total commands that failed, which I think is pretty good for a first use when it doesn't know you.

Not a big deal. It'll learn, and then it'll be fine.

#8 Aergan

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:26

Can't say I'm too surprised, my existing Xbox 360 Kinect pretty much only responds to threats to its physical integrity and after watershed verbal communication.



#9 Fezmid

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:30

Can't say I'm too surprised, my existing Xbox 360 Kinect pretty much only responds to threats to its physical integrity and after watershed verbal communication.

Really?  That's odd because when my wife's watching something on Netflix, I frequently say, "Xbox, pause" from the kitchen and it works... And annoys her. :D



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 15:38

Really?  That's odd because when my wife's watching something on Netflix, I frequently say, "Xbox, pause" from the kitchen and it works... And annoys her. :D

 

It doesn't like my Wiltshire accent unless I am come across as threatening.



#11 George P

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 15:52

It doesn't like my Wiltshire accent unless I am come across as threatening.

 

It's the accents and other little things that are different from person to person that it needs time to learn, no surprise.   I'm sure it also has to figure out the way you pronounce some words since not everyone says them exactly the same in different parts of the world. 



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 16:13

^and thats where headset with directed mic are superior than kinect's mic.

No. Most headsets are poor single, at most dual Mics. Kinect has 5 to handle background noise. If Kinect didn't work, fat chance regular mics will.

#13 trooper11

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 16:14

Hmm, another negative topic, one that actually already had threads on the topic.

 

Regardless, this seems to fit in with the Verge video where a couple of times there was a repeat.

 

They say they are still working on it and it gets better the more you use it, which makes sense for voice commands.  Most good systems have a learning function.



#14 Fezmid

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 16:17

It doesn't like my Wiltshire accent unless I am come across as threatening.

Ahh, I didn't account for an accent.



#15 OP Andrew

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 16:21

Hmm, another negative topic, one that actually already had threads on the topic.

 

Regardless, this seems to fit in with the Verge video where a couple of times there was a repeat.

 

They say they are still working on it and it gets better the more you use it, which makes sense for voice commands.  Most good systems have a learning function.

 

News is news, I'm not picking and choosing what to post. I also don't read Polygon/Verge/Kotaku so if it was one of those sites, I didn't see it.

 

I read the news on Reddit or Neogaf and saw it wasn't posted, so here it is.