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.

Written By

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

Discussion

753 comments
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?

Kraken422
Kraken422

@telaros "Always online and a required camera? Call me paranoid, but that still sounds like a stupid idea."

No more naked gaming for you. 

I agree with you about the single player games. Ever since the 360 came out I've noticed the toll that having a multiplayer component has had on games campaigns. Unfortunately gamers want too much. How often have you seen someone on this forum say "If I pay $60 for a game I expect X and Y". Stop being selfish people, be happy with a games that does something great rather than a game that does lots of stuff. Personally I'd prefer a 12+ hour campaign over a 6 hour campaign and multiplayer component I won't play. Surely the reverse is true too. Wouldn't you multiplayer gamers prefer twice as many maps than a campaign you might play once?

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Xilonix You're right.  Every time I look through my kitchen window, there's usually a cat sitting in the garden, just watching me.  It's eerie. ;P

guahiatt
guahiatt

@dragon_rule87 Indeed it does. In the main menu of every game you can clearly see a message that says "Insert Coin". Just place a few quarters, pesos, rupees, or whatever your coin is and you are good to go! Is that so terrible? Also, I've heard that a few months after launch they will release a peripheral that lets you pay with credit cards instead, its awesome.

The future seems very bright and promising!!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Latert They probably want eye tracking so they can do a retinal scan to ensure you are the legal owner of the console. :o

Teh conspiracy!! :P

blakedaking
blakedaking

@Latert well microsoft doesnt want you to just play games #dealwithit :-D

blakedaking
blakedaking

@danabo these "gamers" are just responding to an article on a video gaming website. would you rather us talk about North Korea? 

vicke32
vicke32

@Kraken422@telaros
"Wouldn't you multiplayer gamers prefer twice as many maps than a campaign you might play once?"
(I myself play the campaign, but whatever.)
No, more maps means that a lot more of them would be unbalanced, there would be glitches everywhere and it's more effective to market your game as "THE FUTURE OF COD" (blops 2) rather than "Another CoD, you'll only play the multiplayer anyway.".

guahiatt
guahiatt

@Gallowhand @Xilonix This one time, i was watching a tv show, late at night, about haunted hotels and stuff like that. Weird  but creepy though. Then, I turned my head to pick up the remote or something and a damn cat was sitting on the couch (I don't have a cat) and since it was dark I only noticed a couple of glowing eyes floating, staring at me. Before I realized it was only a cat I was already screaming like a little girl....that damned thing almost killed me  

Latert
Latert

@blakedaking @Latert

So much is clear now apparently. It's all part of the 'always and everywhere connected' trend, to get the 'full entertainment experience' #killmenow

wonsonchon
wonsonchon

@danabo @blakedaking You're calling everyone in the comment section here "non-gamers" because we are commenting on a gaming issue instead of playing games? It's your extraordinary logic that led me to comment in the first place.

danabo
danabo

@blakedaking it's your lack of reading comprehension that lead you to reply in the first place.

wonsonchon
wonsonchon

@danabo @blakedaking im at work dude, some of us have to make money you know? I cannot play games 24/7.