Battlefield 4 head-tracking confirmed for Xbox One

EA confirms upcoming next-generation game will use Kinect for leaning, peeking, and voice commands.

The Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 will feature head-tracking, Electronic Arts confirmed to Polygon. Specifically, the camera will be used for leaning and peaking, as well as voice commands.

During a demo event, Kinect could locate where a player was seated and then track their head movements, which would correspond to the character being able to lean around corners in-game.

Battlefield 4 developer DICE producer Patrick Bach said in September that the Xbox One version could support head-tracking, though this was not a confirmed feature at the time.

Regarding voice commands, Battlefield 4 on Xbox One will allow players to call for a medic, request or cancel a request for ammo, or let their squadmates know they need a ride using the voice-recognition capability of the technology.

Battlefield 4 launched last week for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at launch. For more on Battlefield 4, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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746 comments
Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Shame they'll do unique features like this but won't use Cloud for dedicated servers on 360/X1 solely because Sony doesn't have it.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

what about TrackIR for PC or even Oculus Rift support. oh yea i forgot, EA dont like us to mod your games.............  

revlux88
revlux88

Luckily you don't need to speak much louder than a whisper for the voice commands. This was even true of the original Kinect after the speakers were setup to ignore background noise. As long as it's not constantly moving the camera around based on my spastic head movements the "peak around corners" feature could be pretty cool as well.

Dresden05
Dresden05

Voice commands are cool, but when i'm shouting medic out loud to the kinect and wake my girlfriend up on a Saturday morning. It's not worth that amount of trouble

Or she walks in and i'm rocking talking to myself!!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

It will be a bit hard to track anything when my Kinect is lying on the floor behind my TV.

ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

are knack or killzone even good games all I ever hear about r x1 games. why r ps4 games so secretive?

ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

oh man its the kinect back in action again but don't worry psfans PS eye or camera it does stuff too.

DigiTMPS3
DigiTMPS3

So guess that means on Xbox BF4 professional tournaments you will see a group of players swaying their heads side to side and screaming into their mics.  I so want to see a room of 64 players doing this.

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

Head tracking + 720p = Ps4 = FINISHED

Vexov
Vexov

*Is playing the X-Bone's BF4*   *turns head to the left*    WT FK im i suppose to be seeing out the freaking window!!! :PP

Jokes, but really... this seems like a total waste of time to do. It sounds good but I don't think its the right path for gaming to start making ppl rotate they're heads all over the place during a video game. A full experience would be something else but would feel very odd when aiming, or perhaps just much better experience then using a mouse or analog to bring a cursor over someones head.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This is the beginning of the inevitable Kinect force. Upon us.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

the kinect is like the motion controls on the DS. 

lame unnecessary...and ultimately few games even incorporated it well enough to even justify its existence.

only the gods at square made a game that used the motion controls in a great fun way!

not even NOA used it to a great effect.

> wii u

grove12345
grove12345

@Senor_Kami thats just what has me worried about the cloud. cool cloud is a powerful tool. Now who is going to spend the time to use it. MS is going to need to bribe or have easier dev tools to support that function. Processing via the web i dont think is as is 1,2,3. But i think it will be MS secret weapon eventually

tom2750
tom2750

@ray1man2hot there is heaps of stuff about kill zone and knack just on other websites besides game spot or you could just do a you tube search also the last 2 kill zone games have very good review scores so chances are it will get a very good score as well

MickSharples
MickSharples

In my humble opinion, the ps4 games lineup is pretty weak but then I'm not much of an indie fan. Xbone has the best blockbusters. It all comes down to personal preference... Obviously.

Logan303
Logan303

Except that it's optional, so developers can't count on very many players having it and therefore won't take the time to incorporate features for it into their games. Now you see why Microsoft includes the Kinect with every console.

SeiKN
SeiKN

@DigiTMPS3 Just wait for them to implement other new moves like:

*sticks tongue out... bamm counter knife

*blinks left eye... bamm reload

*twists right ear... bamm shoot rocket

DAP2010
DAP2010

@Vexov you have to start somewhere. xboxone are trying to take this to the next level. imagination is the limit. just imagine what you can do when your gestures interact with the game, this is just the start imo. even if it doesnt live up to it, at least they tried. an extra $100 is not bad in that respect. you probably will waste that buying a jacket, or buying two useless games that aren't fun, or shopping you dont need, or whatever you spend your money on :)

Logan303
Logan303

I don't think they're talking about full head tracking, but if they do that at some point it will be a massive improvement. As someone who has used TrackIR for years on the PC, let me tell you that it works great and changes everything. You can never go back after using it.

I know it sounds weird if you haven't experienced it - turning your head but still looking at the screen sounds impossible. But what happens is that a head tracking device amplifies your head movements so that you only need to move your head very slightly to look all around in the game. It really does work.

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

Do you know what is a corner difference in shooting don't you?

ForCommenting
ForCommenting

@Vexov I think the head tracking doesn't apply to head rotation, it's more when you lean your head sideways, you peak around a corner ingame.

ne0182
ne0182

@racerxgundam never seen someone taking so much care into saying kinect is crap over and over. but it's the effort that counts

grove12345
grove12345

@MickSharples and neither the X1 or PS4 are that different enough as of yet. No one knows whats up

tom2750
tom2750

@Logan303 no one wants Kinect you moron it was not a good idea for them to include it people don't want a fucking gimmick wow you can use your body to peak around corners big woop no one wants that type of stuff they want a controller not a fucking motion sensing thing that's why its should be optional so people that want it can choose and people who don't are not forced into buying it

MickSharples
MickSharples

If you have to explain your joke, it was shit to begin with

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@NeoBillbine @DarkSaber2k Weird, because that was LITERALLY the first thing you mentioned...

ne0182
ne0182

@racerxgundam @ne0182 good lord, are you even a licensed surgeon^^