Xbox 720 will interact with cable TV?

New report claims next-gen platform will have feature similar to Google TV, Kinect 2.0 can detect eye movement.

Multiple sources have told The Verge that the Xbox 720 will include a feature that allows the next-generation platform to take over a user's TV and set-top box in much the same way that Google TV operates.

The site's sources also suggest the platform will require an online connection to use various entertainment services, as well as to tap into TV signals. Past reports suggest the next Xbox will not only require an Internet connection for entertainment services, but also to load games.

The sources said this functionality is a "key part" of the Xbox 720 and that the service will feature a greater variety of offerings than Google TV thanks to Microsoft's alliances with a number of content providers.

The sources also revealed new information about the rumored next-generation Kinect unit that will ship alongside the Xbox 720. This new camera is believed to be capable of detecting multiple users simultaneously and can even track eye movement to pause content when a user turns their head away from a TV.

Reached for comment, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time."

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the sale of its Mediaroom IPTV platform to Ericsson for an undisclosed sum. As part of this deal, Microsoft said that moving forward it would dedicate 100 percent of its TV resources to Xbox.

Microsoft is believed to announced its next-generation platform on May 21.

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Eddie Makuch

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bluefox755
bluefox755

I suppose they could, in theory, force people to watch advertisements.  Track your eyes, and pause the video if you're not watching it, etc.  Advertisers will love that.

bluefox755
bluefox755

Thank god, the worst thing about current gen is the fact that I have to move.

vicke32
vicke32

Big Brother, always-online or [spoiler]nogaems[/spoiler]...
I think I'll take my Personal "Next gen all day 'err day, you can't refute this claim" Computer.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Microsoft is trying all they can to stay RELEVANT, trying to sell everything they can to not become obsolete. 

Selling their own Tablet, both ARM and x86, set-top box, cable, search, dashboard, trying everything to be necessary, and profitable. 

http://www.vgleaks.com/microsoft-xbox-roadmap-2013/  This is not as bad as the console being always on but its close. 

vadagar1
vadagar1

people never allow anyone to put a leash on your lives


no matter what reasons they give, DEATH is better than living life on someone else' terms, dafq u think freedom means!!!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Microsoft and this "take over the living room" campaign isn't earning them any fans.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Oh sure it will.  It will put more adds and Mii Knockoffs all over the screen.

The Blades dashboard was so much better.  I even have it on my modded XBox1. 

telaros
telaros

All I wanted were some jrpgs, a nice platformer like Klonoa, and some side fun I can have with friends like a fighting game or something co-op. I don't want to pay for cable TV.

That Subscription and Standard model thing is becoming more and more clear now. Always online and a required camera? Call me paranoid, but that still sounds like a stupid idea.

I already have free cable anyways and I still don't waste my time watching it :p

TV lost its luster a decade ago. If I could choose 5 channels to be my 'basic' level of entertainment, I'd be happy with cable. But being forced to pay a hundred bucks for tons of channels that barely even have working HD channels (F U COMCAST) I can see why more and more people are spending their times outdoors these days than I have seen in years lol

I want a console that plays games. That doesn't tell me the games I love playing aren't worth being made or released to my area. I want a console that can give me quality gaming in the single player aspect, multiplayer and even co-op just doesn't make sense for EVERY title. Why can't people make great 2D games anymore? Why is 3D the only allowed format these days? F U I WANT SOMETHING FUN! I WANT SOMETHING **NEW**!

Who else thinks MS and EA are sleeping in the same bed?

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

this is how it begins no it already began, fuck it good luck spying the 10 people who buys this piece of crap

vadagar1
vadagar1

wow does it come with a P**** that goes Up you A**** every time you turn it on ??

Xilonix
Xilonix

It's getting worse than cats that spy you everywhere at any moment! Damn! X(

guahiatt
guahiatt

Always connected, kinect mandatory, eye tracking....why don't they just say they want to data mine the sh*t out of its costumers in real time?

lance_7
lance_7

BREAKING NEW FROM 2014:
Massive lawsuits have bankrupted Microsoft due to hackers using their always on Xbox devices that were idiotically attached to a camera to post nude pictures of people who apparently thought all their devices where off.  It has become the new celebrity cell phone hack epidemic.  Microsoft spokesman quoted as saying, “who would’ve thought having a camera connected to an always-on device could go so wrong.”

Latert
Latert

So what, they think pressing 'start' to pause is too much of an effort for players, so they are spending time and money on somthing small and trivial like 'eye tracking'? Why don't they just focus on the gaming stuff. Improving specifications / stability etc., instead of introducing all those unneeded features like connecting all entertainment services together.

I just want to play good games...

danabo
danabo

Once again, hundreds of inane comments made by the Sony camp.. Go play some games, like xbox, PC and even Wii owners are doing, and wait for official announcements. And you call yourselves"gamers". Ha.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

It won't interact with my TV...because I won't have one! Oh-ho!!!

blakedaking
blakedaking

*throws xbox across the room for pausing each time i blink*


hunter8man
hunter8man

If this is true, then this is where I get off. Who wants something like that? Just requiring the Kinect to always be connected just to use the damn thing was enough. The 720 sounds more like an entertainment hub rather than a gaming console.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

You can trust that "track eye movement to pause content when a user turns their head away from a TV" will work properly, because Kinect 1 was so "well" implemented.

berserker66666
berserker66666

M$ and Xbox can connect their dicks in their ass for all I care.

ajay1708
ajay1708

Based off all the rumors it doesn't sound like the 720 will be a gaming console at all. Always online, interacting with cable tv, no backwards compatibility, no used games, etc. Sounds more like there just using the Xbox name to compete with Google tv, Apple tv, Roku 3, etc.

kingloz
kingloz

Anybody watch Black Mirror? The bit about content pausing when you look away sounds familiar...

Let's hope they don't implement that for adverts...

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

They also said the kinekt can recognize limb movements but when I tried it my character had his head between his legs and moving his arms around like a windmill, we had more fun laughing at the goofy postions the camera would track us in than actually playing any of the terrible games.

Triton
Triton

Wonder if Eds favorite Album is Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

pozium
pozium

What the point of having a gaming console, interracting with my cable tv?, which would need always-on internet to function?

DeKuip
DeKuip

Who the fuck cares anymore Xbox is DEAD

Navardo95
Navardo95

YAY a console that is always online,blocks used games and focuses little on video games!!!

Can't wait to buy the PS4!!!!!!!!!

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

Don't care what bell's and whistles the thing has if I can't buy or sell used games or rent then I'm not touching the damned thing.

leeko_link
leeko_link

F*** all of this, Xbox 720 can't play games unless you had internet, PS4 can't play PS3 games unless you had internet, PS4 can't accept transfer data from PS3, Xbox 720 will use Kinect 2 to stalk user, PS4 will used share button to stalk user. Xbox 720 can't play used games, PS4 can play used games but had a patent that could block it if Sony feels the needs to use it. Damn it's more logical to just stick with Wii U now.

deathwatch28
deathwatch28

" can even track eye movement to pause content when a user turns their head away from a TV." Why would anyone want that feature. Last thing you want is your program pausing its self every time you pick up a cup or blink, or even greet someone walking past in the same room.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I don't watch much TV as it is, so this kind of functionality is pretty useless to me.  Ironically, when I want entertainment I tend to play games instead.

tsyder
tsyder

I really don't get what all the gripe is about??? I love doing a voice search though bing on the xbox and find what I want to watch and being able to hop back on whatever game I was on after. If they add upon this IT'S NOT A NEGATIVE thing but something to get excited about!!! Maybe it's just me or maybe people like me who don't complain for no reason have nothing to say on the matter. looking back on previous consoles I would get really excited about any media a console supported. It all started with the PS1 being able to play cds. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Then dvds on PS2 wow!!! The ability to store music and play it in game in the original xbox was awesome I must have had like 1000 songs on there. with the 360 adding netflix the ability to instantly view movies yet another breakthrough. Xbox users spend like 30 percent of their time watching movies on it. So I dont know how but if they can take this one step further why fight it??? Would u really want to pay $500 for a machine that could only do one thing???

hereatlast89
hereatlast89

GUYS, THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!!

Because I am now absolutely sure that I am not gonna waste money on XCRAP 720

More money to buy games for PS3 and PC!!!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Soooo, the microsoft representative says "We do not comment on rumors or speculation." And yet this "source" is spilling all of Microsoft's big secrets?

Get a life. Seriously. This shit was old before the #dealwithit comment and if you can't see through the transparency of these "sources" there is something wrong.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Is it too much to ask for a machine that just play video games???

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

As I've said before. I will use it to play games, and that is all. I don't care how many features they add, just have it setup where I can disable all of the nonsensical ones (pausing when I turn my head) in the settings menu.

zpluffy
zpluffy

Ohhhh so that's why they want internet on, microsoft wants to be kinected on what your doing. Brialliant. 

Oldgun
Oldgun

What I read in this article:

..........TV..............set-top-box..............TV signals...........internet connection.............Google TV..............Camera.........Kinect......TV.

What the hell is wrong with M$? WHERE ARE THE GAMES?!?

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

Without this camera, how else is MS suppose to keep an eye on their customers?  

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am sorry but I don't want a frigging camera open all the time.  What if hackers hack it while I am fapping?  There is no frigging way.

Zloth2
Zloth2

I think Microsoft has set up an auto-reply on you, Eddie. ;)

waraga
waraga

big borther console rip

shamp4
shamp4

I think Sony's leveraging of Gaikai has more potential to raise the bar for gamers than a cable TV guide and Kinect.

SSJMonkey
SSJMonkey

Always On + Kinect always watching every movement I make = F'n creepy. And now there focused on getting deals with Cable TV networks? What the **** is this? Have they said anything about actual gaming yet?

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

New Xbox's slogan: It connects to everything, it does not do anything.