Dragon Age: Inquisition for Xbox One and Xbox 360 might use Kinect for voice commands -- How should it work?

Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of RPG expected to have some kind of Kinect-enabled voice command feature similar to Mass Effect 3's.

The Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Dragon Age: Inquisition are likely to support voice commands via Kinect, BioWare creative director Mike Laidlaw said in a new interview.

"We're expecting that Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions will ship with a Kinect-enabled voice command feature, just like Mass Effect 3 did," Laidlaw told Official Xbox Magazine.

In Mass Effect 3, you can give voice commands like "Switch weapon" or "Open" to open something. Unfortunately, Laidlaw didn't say more about the specific way in which Dragon Age: Inquisition will use voice commands.

Also in the interview, producer Cameron Lee revealed that BioWare is considering including second-screen support for Dragon Age: Inquisition through a SmartGlass experience.

"It needs to make sense, of course," Lee said. "But we want Inquisition to be an experience you can take with you everywhere--to work, the commute home, the living room, bed."

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches this fall for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. It remains to be seen if the game will make use of the PS4's unique features like the DualShock 4's touchpad.

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215 comments
devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

Very cool.  I definitely want voice commands in games if they work properly.  I remember using them with a mic and one of the Head Coach football games and it didn't work to well.  How well are voice commands in games working with the latest edition of the Kinect or with a mic on Xbox One?

adub424
adub424

The voice commands in Mass Effect 3 were very usefull when the game was set to more difficult settings. A similar system of positioning team members would be nice since the PC version of Dragon Age Origins played more like Baulders Gate than the consol one. The use of possitioning for increased damage could easily be implemented with a good voice command system in place of the mouse. In any case the voice commands should not be manditory as many Xboxes are in homes with families. The kinect is why the Xbox One is the centerpiece to our families entertainment, voice commands can be hard to register in the noisey environment of a household. The Kinect feature did enhance the gameplay of Mass Effect 3 so I have faith that whatever Bioware does with the technology will be good.

zenstrata
zenstrata

They could easily add voice commands to any device that includes a microphone.  Kinect is not required.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

"Morrigan strip" would be the command I'm interested in.

Martyr77
Martyr77

"Upgrade graphics so all games can be 1080p"

Xbox One shorts out.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

voice commands? dont care. Never have. Didnt even use them when it was cool, like Socom did it for the first time and it was suppose to be xtra special. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Collect massive loot!", "Kill that bastard/demon/monster!", "Talk to that dude/chick" - those are the commands I'd like to see implemented.

vadagar1
vadagar1

"fire off spell"


Xbox turns off 


:D LOLOLOLOl

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Well, considering the Xbox 360 is implementing Kinect in the game, do you actually believe the Xone will get superior Kinect capabilities? Sounds to me both versions will be the same... or will they be?

If that is the case, there is only one question, how capable is the Xbox 360 Kinect... If it's not pushed to the limits, sounds like a gimmick feature. But interesting.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Here's a crazy idea: why not use the HEADSET for voice commands? Reminds me of Skyrim adding all that Kinect garbage when they could have done it with the headset just as easy, like Tom Clancy's EndWar.

xantufrog
xantufrog

How should it work? "XBox play Dragon Age" - isn't that more or less what one does with Kinect?

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

Remember when Endwar tried the same thing? No? Yeah you won't remember this either. Another Kinect article to sweep under the rug.

crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator moderator

I hope both kinect and smartglass won't be necessary to play the game.

DevilPhoenix
DevilPhoenix

It will work a little like this:

"Switch Weapon" (xbox shuts down)

JSusie
JSusie

The voice stuff is only nice for things like changing the channel on my TV when my remote is lost in the couch cushions, signing in, and using the barcode things to redeem codes.


Whether all that is worth 100 bucks....is another issue entirely.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Please, no...no voice control commands...

diego_corleone
diego_corleone

This game looks more interesting than The Witcher 3.

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

"Quicksave" was the only command I thought was worth it. Everything else had at least one second delay, which in the middle of combat is a bad thing.

blackace
blackace

Don't know if I'll be getting this game on day one. I never even finished the first 2 games. I'll probably wait.

kujel
kujel

This may convince me to buy a copy of this used but not new, I really don't want to support EA.

xhawk27
xhawk27

And the touch-pad is not a gimmick? Please haters


pyro1245
pyro1245

how should it work? optionally.

tom2750
tom2750

so this is why Microsoft forced Xbots to buy its gimmicky kinect that doesn't work half of the time so that they can say words to change weapons LOL yeh real mind blowing stuff lol not

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

Still pointless.
Seriously - it takes more effort to say it out loud (and hope the Kinect understands!) than it does to make 1-2 button presses.

rmiller365
rmiller365

I wonder how much money bioware got paid to put more crap like this in their game

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Meanwhile, PC and PS4 gamers will simply issue commands...wait for it...with a simple button press. Thank goodness

bhmg
bhmg

useless gimmick as always...

JoInfo
JoInfo

Damn, Morrigan got ugly over the years!

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

"How should it work?" Not at all. It needs no place in the game.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@zenstrata But that would make kinect an overpriced paperweight. Can't have that.

Spartan070
Spartan070

@crimsonbrute  Neither will be although smartglass might seem useful for micromanaging/map-resources.

AceJakk
AceJakk

If by interesting you mean not as well written, then sure.

DevilPhoenix
DevilPhoenix

@blackace Go back and try to finish the first game, if you can't do it, don't bother with the 3rd

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

@xhawk27 The touchpad has potential. The Kinect...Microsoft is still trying to make it worth more than a paperweight. The thing is garbage. Games like Ryse blatantly try to force you to use it's features, where you can verbally tell allies to shoot arrows instantly, or be punished for not wanting to use the Kinect by having to hold down a bumper for a ridiculously long time to do the same thing.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Saying the touchpad is a gimmick is like saying the D pad is a gimmick. What a moron :)

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

The Kinect's main purpose isn't really that, it's a mechanism for advertising (please refer to their specific patent) and is a Trojan horse for the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect data on anyone and anything in the scan of the camera (including biological heart rate)

xhawk27
xhawk27

@tom2750  


Is that the reason Sony made a motion camera too? Kinect works more than half the time. 


pspearman
pspearman

@eternal_napalm I'm fully aware you are poor attempt at a troll but just to indulge you, the voice commands are not a replacement, they are a secondary way of doing things so while PC and PS4 gamers have no choice but to use buttons, X1 owners have the option to use voice if they prefer.


Ill be getting this game on the PC by the way.

ANGRYWOLF
ANGRYWOLF

@JoInfo

well Bioware got mad when some of us complained on the BSN, so we let it drop.

They couldn't carry over the faces from the earlier games into DAI, so they just redrew them.Not a good job imo in Morrigan's case .Cassandra also looks nothing like she did in DA2.

I  expect some of the other returning characters from previous games to also look rather plain, to say it politely.

xhawk27
xhawk27

@Rafficus_III  


Except if it's the PS4 camera then its great right.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

@Rafficus_III  The Kinect I was forced to own with my Xbox One functions only as a way to automatically sign me in and redeem codes. I plan to keep it that way.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Sony made a motion camera too for a purpose : So they can say "Hey look MS, we have one too, nobody needs them" at least you have a CHOICE

titto530
titto530

@xhawk27 No it's still crap! but Sony didn't make it so you had to buy it with PS4 and it's bullsh** that MS did. I've owned a Xbox and 360,I won't buy a X1 until they take that tacked on piece of sh** out.

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

@xhawk27 I'm going to need you to take a step back, pause, and think about how much of an assumption you made. Nowhere did I knock the Kinect. I said it does not need to be placed in the game. Reason being, it pulls time and effort away from other areas that could need it for a superfluous command. If you're going to implement the Kinect or the PS4 camera, at least make it worth a damn to use.

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

@TheCyborgNinja Kinect has potential, whenever game developers want to use it beyond Kinect Sports and superfluous add-ons, but this feature just feels like a tack-on. And when things are tack-ons they need no place in the game because they're usually low quality or less than riveting. 

pspearman
pspearman

@tom2750 @pspearman@eternal_napalm A tired argument from the more inept minds of the world. Kinect is no longer an accessory, it's just as much a part of the console as anything else is, you always have the choice to not buy the console (which you haven't).