Xbox One can detect two people talking at once

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The Xbox One's new Kinect camera can detect two people speaking at once, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison said during the Eurogamer Expo as reported by Polygon.

In addition to being able to hear and understand two simultaneous speakers, the new version of Kinect included with every Xbox One can detect mouth movements in a dark room, Microsoft said.

In all, the Xbox One's Kinect technology can detect 25 joins between six people at any given time and recognize who is using the controller.

The camera can also estimate heart rates for the recently announced Xbox Fitness program, which will be available at launch for Xbox Live Gold members.

Kinect is included with every $500 Xbox One, a decision that has drawn debate from gamers. Microsoft has acknowledged this discussion, but said previously that it has no plans to release the system without Kinect.

"You can walk in front of the console, it recognizes you. Now we can have six of us in the room all signed in with our own profiles. That kind of stuff, when people get to use it, I think it will be really obvious why we bundled it with every box," senior Xbox director Albert Penello said earlier this month.

The Xbox One launches on November 22.

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838 comments
Pigmata
Pigmata

Anybody who seriously believes that MS will use the Kinect for "spying" purposes should probably get off the internet, remove their tin hat and promptly check themselves into the nearest psychiatric hospital. 

RobDev
RobDev

"In all, the Xbox One's Kinect technology can detect 25 joints between six people"

the war on drugs comes into your bedroom!

kaiserdisco
kaiserdisco

in recent news: kinect advances technology to spy on you 

csward
csward

Is the ability to hear conversations, differentiate between speakers, and see mouth movements in the dark really necessary M$?

I'm sure it all sounded good when they were talking about the utility of Kinect for future games in a board room somewhere, but WOW this has huge potential for spying, almost as if it was designed for such tasks.

EquinoxVespers
EquinoxVespers

Kinect is a piece of sh*t. Always has been, always will be. You trashed your relationship with me M$... I'm not paying for a device I'll never use.

Just wait until the "Dancing with the Master Chief" unlockable feature in Halo V. 

Then, MAYBE I'll get an Xbox One.

DVONvX
DVONvX

That's cool. Its not going to stop me from tossing the kinect out the window as soon as I get my x1 home. 

M413FIK-E
M413FIK-E

Even though I am not a fan of Microsoft's Xbox I think it would be cool if the Kinect could recognize a child and prevent the child from playing M rated games online, then the Kinect would ask for the parents approval via face recognition.

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

I don't like the last bit of this article's title. "Microsoft Says"

Yeah Microsoft says a lot of things. The first Kinect was a huge letdown for me and I only got mine last year after all the tweaks and updates. I've also read many articles where developers tried out the new Kinect and it's still broken as hell. MS will have to fix this. The X1 isn't even out yet and there are already issues with the console and some of the games. Software can be patched and tweaked, the hardware though...

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

One step away from just reading your friggin mind!


Think happy thoughts...or else >_>

bluefox755
bluefox755

Remember what they said about the original Kinect?  It's capabilities were hugely exaggerated, not making that mistake again.  I think the very reason we haven't seen much of the new kinect is because it's just as unreliable and unresponsive as the old one.  If it was as good as they say it is, it would stand on it's own and they wouldn't have to force it into the box because people would inevitably buy something that groundbreaking in droves.  Not getting duped again MS.

FcsevenXIII
FcsevenXIII

Craig J. Mundie   Senior Adviser to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation was a 2013 Bilderburg attendee. These are the globalists douchbags that in no way have your best interests in mind. Don't buy this spy tool. 

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

Ok...this is just creepy.  Pretty soon MS will tell us the Kinect will be encased in a life sized, half burned doll head 

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

If a $500 console that goes in your home has this technology, think what the Government has.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Seems Kinect is looking more and more like a spy cam. Does MS really think consumers want to pay more for a system with one of those things?

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I bet it can detect when you're talking about selling/trading your Xbox for a PS4 and I bet it'll never let you leave your home.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I think the Kinect adds a ton more value to the system, and I'm not even talking about how it will be used in games. From automatically signing you in as soon as you pick up the controller, to automatically recognizing 6 people simultaneously, to controlling how you watch tv and being able to control everything just by voice. THIS is next-gen technology! The games already look incredible, I'm talking about these futuristic things that Kinect adds to the system. Features like these make the X1 worthy of being called a next-gen machine, unlike the PS 3.5! And that's why the PS 3.5 will always only be a PS 3.5...

It's also not a spy machine any longer people. That's so 4 months ago, not to mention completely false. Can't you come up with something better than that? First... the Kinect doesn't require an internet connection to function any longer and you can also change how it operates in the settings. Second... the Kinect can be unplugged, though I can't imagine why anybody would want to lose all that functionality.

I owned the 360's Kinect and thought it sucked, along with all the shitty Kinect games. And the Kinect 2.0 will have to prove its usefulness in games to me, though D4 seems to be doing some really cool in-game features along those lines. My main interest with Kinect 2.0 is the level of integration into the X1's UI and the awesome features that come along with that. If the X1 didn't have all that it would be just as boring as the PS 3.5

Celtic_34
Celtic_34

why have this at all?  i don't get it.  I just want to play great looking and playing games.  I have no use for this stuff and dont want it.  its basically turned me off from buying the console.  teh games look great too.  but i just dont want this crap.

games were fine with systems getting more powerful and just better graphics with a regular controller.

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

this thing is too freaky... I just wanna game.

noandno
noandno

I really have a bad feeling about this

Foolsgold89
Foolsgold89

This is all very nice - but all Kinect 2.0 is would be a slightly better version of Kinect 1. The reason there is no killer title is there will just be slightly better versions of Kinect 1 titles. If thats what you want then great - but I really see no reason to force everyone to take one - unless of course you have an ulterior motive (selling information on how you react to adverts etc).

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

...But who's side will it take in an argument"

hardcoreicon
hardcoreicon

Kinect copied Eye toy?? they don't even do the same thing.. Eye toy takes your actual image and interacts it with certain games while Kinect maps your body putting you in the game not the same thing at all you fool.. What has eye toy done absolutely nothing. PS move does work fine but almost no one uses it. Most people playing shooters are gonna use the controller as opposed to the move. Kinect is a proven success you don't get in the guiness book for most sold accessory for doing nothing

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

This is getting beyond the joke..................... are microsoft working with the c.i.a.  or some thing ???  

arqe
arqe

Even only Project Spark can justifies the Kinect. No need another reason.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Hm, more skepticism. Don't think I would like that at all.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

One thing Kinect will revolutionize is the endless string of CoD teens' videos gamer-raging on each other and watching the Kinect react about it. Yet I'm positive the Kinect funny videos innovation won't stop there...!

fillup0
fillup0

@Pigmata Microsoft is a company who have been caught red handed having registry keys which allow the NSA to have a back door route into the system, so why would would trust them? It isn't just blind paranoia, Microsoft has just let the NSA in to their data in the past, so excuse us for thinking it could happen again.

RobDev
RobDev

@NoSoul81 satelites that can pick up detail on a packet of cigarettes form space.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

@NoSoul81 Something infinitely more expensive with half the technology and miles of paperwork to use?

korvus
korvus

@Snaptrap As for complete off-topic...is that a ReBoot Icon? =P

RobDev
RobDev

@Vodoo you just pretty much invalidated most of your point with the word controller. Who wants to look like a fool controlling the tv with their body?

pwnzord
pwnzord

@Vodoo The Kinect adds value in the way that getting a second drink in a combo meal adds value (mind you that meal would cost a bit more as well).  It does have a purpose, it does serve various functions and does have a cost attached to it.  But the problem is that for many people it is superfluous.  It wasn't something we wanted before and Microsoft, still holding to idea that it was a great idea but lacked market saturation will force one into every person's household.

 While I could buy it, hook it up (and for the record I have a Kinect 1.0, it is in the closet), and wave my hands and body in front of the screen to do all of those "next-gen" functions, I actually do not want them.  I know that may be hard to believe, but not only does my set up (and the various other ones throughout the house) preclude it from being optimal, but I found it difficult to play games with.  The tactile feedback of having a controller in my hand grounded the games in a way that made them playable, something the Kinect 2.0 didn't see fit to improve upon.

If it is something that you cannot wait to have and enjoy, great, all the more power to you and I hope you have a fantastic time with it.  But do realize there is another side of the coin, and the complaints and concerns are not all big brother related and that there are just as many valid reasons to want to unplug it, even though you cannot seem to imagine them.

Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

@Vodoo Well said I cannot wait to get this puppy and am thinking of getting 2.  These features should make people who have a life outside of gaming, who watch movies and tv and such really enjoy the console.  I am really thinking that maybe the ps4 goes to another room and not the living room because why should i change the input just to play a game when I can plan it on my X1.


X1 for everything.  Ps4 just for exclusives.

milomell
milomell

@Vodoo nice try but the xbox done is the world biggest piece of crap whether u like it or not 

DVONvX
DVONvX

@mischiefmeerkat @DVONvX no it isn't. It was confirmed by MS a month or two ago that the kinect was NOT required to be plugged in. Look it up on gamespot or IGN. I'd send you a link, but honestly I'm tired of babysitting people on these forums. 

bluefox755
bluefox755

@cjtopspin @NoSoul81 Nah, if government made their own products that would be the case, but they contract their tech to private companies, and unlike us, they have unlimited cash at their disposal.  Government in and of itself is incompetent at just about everything, but they can buy competency from private individuals for sure.