Xbox One can talk - Report

Source says Microsoft currently testing Siri-like feature for next-gen platform and mode that allows friends to take over gameplay.

A new report today claims the Xbox One has more features than Microsoft showed off during the system's announcement earlier this week. Polygon has heard from a source that the next-generation platform will be able to speak and has an option to allow friends to take over gameplay.

The source claimed that the Xbox One's integrated Kinect camera is capable of scanning a room and using its facial recognition software to detect foreign users. If Kinect detects someone it does not recognize, it then audibly asks this person to identify themselves. Once this is done, the Kinect saves the information to the console, according to the report.

This technology, should it be real, allows the Xbox One to work in much the same way as the Siri artificial intelligence found on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch products. Voice technology may not be available for the Xbox One launch, the source said, noting it could be added via a post-launch patch "within the first few months."

Today's report tallies with a rumor from February that claimed Microsoft was beefing up its voice-recognition technology for the next Xbox. This report also specifically mentioned the new technology being similar to Siri.

Polygon also reports today that players will reportedly be able to Skype a friend and allow them to take over gameplay. This feature is reportedly being designed as a means to assist players who get stuck in a section of a game and want help.

In the scenario reported on by Polygon, once the second player assumed control of the game, the first player could watch the game unfold. This remote play can be ended at any time, the report claims. It is not clear if both players must own the game in question, how long remote play can last, or which player would receive achievements for tasks completed.

The PlayStation 4 boasts a similar feature. Powered by Gaikai, the technology allows players to ask a friend to take over their game. Sony has yet to give more specific details on how exactly this will work.

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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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Discussion

860 comments
Jasurim
Jasurim

"...If Kinect detects someone it does not recognize, it then audibly asks this person to identify themselves. Once this is done, the Kinect saves the information to the console, according to the report"

Well...that's not creepy...at all... O.O

Haha, gotta love it.

rmz450f
rmz450f

Xbox one turn on the ps4

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

First thing the xbox one will say is: "Please kill me"

Detroman
Detroman

kinda creeps me out but the feature where a friend over skype can take over gameplay to help you in a game is pretty badass

kvan33
kvan33

Wow, more amazing features nobody asked for! 

ironemike
ironemike

I wonder if it is possible for two people to use the same profile on the Xbox one.

mattress805
mattress805

Message from core gamers and xbox 360 owners to Microsoft: F*ck you!

tionmedon
tionmedon

hope it sound like J LO keep it,if it sounds like HAL  hope it self terminates..........fap it......

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

I wonder if Microsoft can leverage this so we can watch movies that are in theaters?

steelmouth
steelmouth

this is bad, Kinect is now intruding, it should be optional

nurnberg
nurnberg

*passes controller to friend

Xbox One : unindentified person, drop this controller immediately

Friend : Lol!  Fuck you stupid console!

Xbox One : Your picture has been forwarded to a copyright-protection agency.  You have been in copyright violation for playing a game you didn't bought.  You will be contacted later for court date and amount of money required to pay for damages.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

"The source claimed that the Xbox One's integrated Kinect camera is capable of scanning a room and using its facial recognition software to detect foreign users. If Kinect detects someone it does not recognize, it then audibly asks this person to identify themselves. Once this is done, the Kinect saves the information to the console, according to the report."

Anyone remember that joke I made about Kinect self destructing?

Yeah, didn't believe that joke was going to actually happen.


Fuck me.

DjTIEST0
DjTIEST0

its funny how peoples act 

in the 80's we all wonted this technology hell we even dreamed abut it 

but now that is here we think is just pathetic BOOH ill never understand human brain 

Revenant_Evil
Revenant_Evil

Oh, great. It never shuts off and it talks too. Should be fun...

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

George Orwell and Stanley Kubrick got the wrong year. -_-

RobDev
RobDev

What was not reported here was it scans fora wii U or PS4 and if it finds them it waits until the room is empty and "takes care of them"

RobDev
RobDev

And what if they can't identify the new person? Do they charge you a fee for them watching you play?

Merseyak
Merseyak

Xbox : you must comply you must comply!!!!

haha good old spybox I.Robot anyone?

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

DON'T LISTEN TO THE BOX, THE CAKE IS A LIE!

DefconRave
DefconRave

Me:  Xbox Shut up!

Xbox: I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that...

hadlee73
hadlee73

And next on The Big Bang Theory... "Raj! Stop shagging the Xbox!"

Shielder7
Shielder7

Great so Now not only do I have this creepy machine Always Spying on me It now talks to me as well.


Xbox One AKA

HAL 9000

marlobc
marlobc

Ever thought if hackers get into xbox live servers , goodbye privacy 

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

@steelmouth you can turn all of Kinect's features off and if a game want to use it the system will notify you

daviz88
daviz88

that kind of makes sense. kinect doesn't only scan the room but identify the valuables in the room, this will help Microsoft know how wealthy the person is. therefore if the person is very wealthy the XBOX self destruct for no apparent reason because with that kind wealth person could easily buy another  one which in turn will increase XBOX sales.

blackzio
blackzio

@DjTIEST0 

this isn't groundbreaking or anything, i can talk to siri for example and it answers me. But it doesn't spy on me. 

Zoza24
Zoza24

Its the abusing way they introduce technology which isnt in our best interest as gamers..

This is the age of fast growing technology and privacy being declined.. This is the age of information and corruption.

Even the people in the 80's would have realise this.

trunk_slamchest
trunk_slamchest

@DjTIEST0 

this is not what we wanted. 

we thought the world was going be like star wars. thats what we wanted.

this is like terminator. we dont want that.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@DjTIEST0 Because in the 80's we weren't thinking that big businesses were going to sell our information and spy on us via a video game console. Gamespot users, I'll never understand them.

daviz88
daviz88

SONS OF THE PATRIOT SYSTEM IS ONLINE.