NeoBytes :) is an occasional feature that takes a step back from the big headlines, to take a look at what else is happening in the vast, scary expanse of the tech world - often with a cynical eye, always with a dose of humour.
Microsoft caused quite the stir by bundling its next-generation Kinect with every Xbox One. While we can debate the pros and cons of that decision for days, the inclusion of Kinect means that voice commands are becoming more mainstream, and that can have some unintended consequences.
A member of Xbox Live has taken that to new levels by changing his gamertag to "Xbox Sign Out." The result? While playing online, other gamers can become frustrated and shout out his name, prompting the Xbox One to ask if they really want to sign out. This causes no direct harm because the console asks for confirmation (similar to when you say "Xbox Turn Off"), but Mr. Xbox Sign Out recorded the reactions of people to YouTube. Some people get upset, others think it's funny, but in all cases it's an amusing clip to watch.
We suspect Microsoft will start banning users with "Xbox" in their name (or at least the ones that relate to voice commands), but until then, enjoy the fun and be careful what you say because Big Brother is listening!
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!