Will Xbox One talk back to you and let you play games remotely?

Microsoft has already revealed many of the features and plans it has for the upcoming Xbox One console this week, but the company is trying to keep some elements of its hardware and software a secret, with many of the finer details remaining under wraps. Now it looks like two big features may have been outed early.

Polygon reports, via unnamed sources, that one of these new features will allow the Xbox One to talk back to its owners and other players, thanks to the new Kinect hardware. The article gives one example of how the Kinect "sees" a new person entering the room and asks that person to identify themselves. If that person does in fact state their name back to Kinect, it then adds their information to that console's.

The article adds that two way Kinect voice commands might not be ready for the launch date of the Xbox One later in 2013 but could be added via a software update a few months after the console's release.

The other new feature that has not been talked about publicly is allowing people to jump in and play an Xbox One game remotely. The idea is that a person who might be having some problems with completing a level could message a friend via Skype for assistance. Instead of just offering advice, the friend could actually take over from the player and finish the game level thanks to a remote link. The article says it is not yet clear if the friend also has to own the same game in order to provide remote assistance.

Source: Polygon | Image via Microsoft

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From a gaming perspective, it would be cool. Going through an interrogation... making sure you are saying the right stuff... being able to detect lies on your heart beat (since the new Kinect can read your heart beat, apparently).

Next gen gaming isn't just about improving graphics, it's about improving the gaming experience on multiple fronts. This linear thinking of how things used to be (like focusing resources on just improving graphics) is detrimental to the evolution of gaming. XBOX ONE, here I come.

Haha that'd be a laugh
'Xbox play forza'
*plays for a few minutes* *kinect talks*
'<profile name> you are crap, you are so hopeless, a child could do better than that'

n_K said,
Haha that'd be a laugh
'Xbox play forza'
*plays for a few minutes* *kinect talks*
'<profile name> you are crap, you are so hopeless, a child could do better than that'

Why not? I can see developers taking advantage of the system talking to you depending on how well you do or not.

Back in the days Stronghold (RTS) the Scribe used to say things like "you've been playing for a very long time, Sire" and "how about a snack, my Lord?" and I was like - hey, how did they know that!!

"Polygon reports, via unnamed sources, that one of these new features will allow the Xbox One to talk back to its owners and other players, thanks to the new Kinect hardware"

thanks to the kinect hardware?. I think that it is a software feature, unless every profile is stored in the kinect.

Really cool tech, but really creepy too.

(New person enters the room)
Xbox: "Identity Yourself"
Person: (startled) "I'm Matt"
Xbox: "Unknown Voice! Initiating Defense Procedures!"
Person: "What!? No!"
(Kinect Shoots Person)

It would be awesome if you could buy and download voice packs like GLaDOS from Portal, Master Chief/Cortana from Halo, Jarvis from Ironman, etc.

I'm not crazy about buying Avatar items, but I would open my wallet for custom voices for Xbox One.

Avatar Roku said,
It would be awesome if you could buy and download voice packs like GLaDOS from Portal, Master Chief/Cortana from Halo, Jarvis from Ironman, etc.

I'm not crazy about buying Avatar items, but I would open my wallet for custom voices for Xbox One.

I'd go with a Cortana one myself.

Avatar Roku said,
It would be awesome if you could buy and download voice packs like GLaDOS from Portal, Master Chief/Cortana from Halo, Jarvis from Ironman, etc.

I'm not crazy about buying Avatar items, but I would open my wallet for custom voices for Xbox One.


The fascination with custom voices is a real thing, and people love that kind of personalization. For some reason, though, no effort is being put into it.

You can't even choose a gender on any of these voice services out there. These days it's all female, all the time, with the same damn harpy if-you'd-like-to-make-a-call voice.

My Nokia Lumia phone has GPS navigation that comes with tons of custom voice options to download (an accent for countries all around the world in both genders). They even have a really funny "Surfer dude" voice. Granted it's a bit gimmicky, but it's fun to play with. If I get to have a little tiny taste of Tony Stark functionality in my home then I'm game for it.

Funny coincidence, but Microsoft Research is the company that the creators of Iron Man 3 consulted for technology vision depicted in the film. Spielberg also consulted Microsoft when creating Minority Report and now we have Kinect. So JARVIS-like communication and all the augmented reality computing depicted in the film may make it's way to Xbox eventually in some ways.

http://www.geek.com/chips/micr...hand-in-iron-man-3-1555041/

Edited by Avatar Roku, May 25 2013, 11:14pm :