Xbox One Kinect will be able to redeem QR codes

Microsoft executive confirms that Xbox One will be able to scan QR codes instead of making users manually enter a 25-digit code.

Microsoft has said that the Xbox One will be able to redeem download codes via the Kinect's ability to read QR codes.

"To my reddit friends--yup--this works!" Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten wrote on Twitter last night in response to a Reddit thread.

Every Xbox One owner will be able to scan QR codes if they wish, because the Xbox One's Kinect is bundled in with every console sold and is required to be plugged into the console.

The Xbox 360's 25-digit codes are currently used for redeeming preorder bonuses, online passes, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, Xbox Live Arcade games sold in stores, and Microsoft points--though Microsoft will be phasing out the latter this year.

Microsoft will launch the Xbox One this November.

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straightcur
straightcur

I wonder if I plug in the Kinect, but cut the cord,  will the XBone still work?

StealthBullitt
StealthBullitt

If I honestly have to listen to everyone complain about the Kinect sensor spying on us I am about to freak, like wow. It's bull that you should be afraid of it watching you cause it wont happen and nobody would post a video of you on youtube playing a kinect that has so much valuable information in it, lol. Also if you really wondered the computer is more dangerous and more information is stolen off of it than any other type of electronic device. (oh and we are all using one right now, GASP) So now that i said that lets just relax and not freak about nothing, Thanks.

arisgald
arisgald

If Kinect can do this so can PS4's. Please M$, advertise something that is not a common feature that both consoles are capable of doing. The only plus side is the -40$(60$) price of PS4's cam + it's optional while Xbox Ads One is mandatory with a price of 100$ +ads+spycam+drm enabled again in the near future.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Wow. The Kinect is not a special type of camera. It is just the software. This is just efficient but nothing more. 

dasgina
dasgina

There is no reason this should be mandatory. There are other ways of entering codes. They should scrap it and if you want it, you can buy kinect. 

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

Hmmm, well I already own fingers which are super easy to use and really good at pressing buttons....so I'm good thanks

RebelLoyalist7
RebelLoyalist7

As someone who loves digital retail, this actually sounds pretty awesome.

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

I have a most ingenious plan, if you don't like your kinnect watching you, put a ps4 manual in front of the cameras...microsoft will love it

mtnjak
mtnjak

I've never used one as I don't own a smart phone. 

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

@ALCHEMISTx24x7  

Fanboy of what exactly? just curious...

demiwill2079
demiwill2079

Oh.... Well its totally worth the $499 now

oyvs
oyvs

x-1 is gunna be so much better once its given time.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Oh, you mean like a camera does?

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Well, I'll admit that the scanner function is useful, but still not worth getting the x-1 at its current price

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@arisgald Please try to make create a sensible argument. Poorly explained points. Do some research as I have done and bounced back your "points"

"If Kinect can do this so can PS4" QR code reading? No evidence to support this but almost every smartphone can too. Great PS4's Eye Toy MIGHT have this cool, single feature that all devices should anyway.

"Please M$, advertise something that is not a common feature that both consoles are capable of doing" Again, no evidence to say that the Eye Toy can or cannot. However, let's suppose it did have the feature, can the Eye Toy read your heart rate using the light pulses on your skin, can it calculate the distance of every part of your body allowing it to recognise if you overlap body parts to correct the interaction, does the Eye Toy use voice recognition to turn the console on or log into a persons account according to who spoke, does it implement game play into AAA games such as CoD or Halo, ia it able to run at 1080p 60fps in skype as well as xbox live and streaming, is it able to project extended sides of your game view so to look like your TV is immensely bigger, can it distinguish exactly who is in the room, who is playing and pause when the controller is put down, does the Eye Toy make it obligatory for developers to create motion controls into their game, app or software, can you use the Eye Toy as a smart TV in which you can flick, swipe, enlarge or morph your screen so that there are multiple things going on at once? I don't believe that the Eye Toy can do all those things as development for the Eye Toy was not made a major priority and the fact that not all PS4 users will have an Eye Toy, it would be strange to implement motion controls into AAA games . On the other hand, Kinect is capable of all of them and more.

Prices are completely an invalid argument as having a low or high price point could go both ways. Either the Kinect is higher because it is a superior piece of technology capable of handling more work or the Eye Toy is lower because it does not use as advanced software as Kinect

"Xbox 'Ads' One is mandatory" Like I said before, if you didn't bother reading the above, it is so that game developers are forced to implement motion controls into controller based game play. E.g in the mind of a developer, " All right lets make Battlefield 4. Look, the Kinect has a mandatory kinect. That means that 100% of Xbox One users will have one. It would make sense to make use of this device. Hmmm how about we let them lean in real life so that they can look around corners in game or dodge bullets, object or attack... uhhhm, how about we add some voice control, now the player can speak to their Kinect and say 'Forward, stay quiet, move left' to command their troops in the campaign... wow there's a lot we can do"

"Ads" It just gets rid of ads that you don't like to see. If you like CoD, Left 4 Dead and Kingdom Hearts, you will see more ads from that game, more discounts, subscriptions to releases such as DLC, map packs. E.g " Oh this guy really likes to play Black Ops, lets give him some discounts so that he can buy new map packs.

"Spycam" You do realise that storage for footage and recordings or streaming uses up a lot of space? Storage costs money. Do you realise that this money for storage would have to be paid by Microsoft for EVERYONE if they wanted to spy on you? Millions of players spending hundreds of hours would use up thousands of terabytes. That's a lot of money. It would make more sense to put all that money into making games, improving software and beefing up servers which they are already doing.

"DRM enabled again in near future" You mean the time when the majority of users will have stable internet connection anyway? Sounds good; we'll get family sharing library, digital transfers, selling back to the marketplace and cheaper digital games.

Happy to reply your counter-argument... if there is one.

blackace
blackace

@dasgina It's not mandatory. Where did you see that it was mandatory? lol!! Learn to read. You can still type in the codes if you want to.

blackace
blackace

@JangoF-76 Well yeah, everybody does, but this is faster and you don't need fingers. lol!! That's the point. Why are people so stupid on here?

-Geo
-Geo

@JangoF-76 How ignorant & blatantly bias. Why post here to just provide nothing of value? Grow up & put on your big boy pants. I heard a valid critique is worth millions.

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

@mtnjak i own a smart phone but all i use on it is the phone itself to call people

-Geo
-Geo

@oyvs In before biased Sony fan boy,

jmc88888
jmc88888

@oyvs  

...to acquire your data and exploit you

-Microsoft

-NSA

-The corporations that OWN and MAINTAIN the NSA's computers

-Thousands of corporations trading said data

 

jmc88888
jmc88888

@freedom01 

So I get to be exploited by Microsoft, other corporations, NSA, other agencies, and other gov't....and one of the things I get in return for this data rape is that I save a few seconds typing in a code....

 ...a code they decided to make me put in needlessly to begin with?


So they create the problem, they create the solution, except its all bs, and their solution involves allowing a device to exploit me....and they have every intention TO exploit me?

Sorry.  I speak 'corporation'.  So I understand all the bs.

daemonproject
daemonproject

@freedom01 It's funny that the only way Sony could compete this gen was making sure they had a price lower...that assures me that these consoles are practically the same machine just like game devs say themselves! Also if M$ gave choice to buying the Kinect it would drop $100 making them the same price! Which I think M$ may do and I hope they do!

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

@freedom01 It's use is of limited value.

Spent the night reading and watching lists of current gen exclusives on both consoles.  360 had a few good exclusives, but not many.  Sony blew them out of the water (graphically and by the sheer number of titles).  MS supposedly has spent a lot on exclusive titles next gen.  They have to.

Wonder if ONE's exclusives will be shared with PC like current gen?  Just bought the ALAN WAKE games and WITCHER 2 on PC.    

dasgina
dasgina

@blackace @dasgina Good advice Learn to read. Do you think I meant I don't want to scan things and would rather manually enter things???? I'm talking about the Kinect coming with the system genius.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

@-Geo @JangoF-76 1. Yes, I'm biased against having a peripheral I'll never use forced on me whilst bumping the price of the console up by £100. Is that wrong?

2. As far as I'm aware comments sections are there for people to express their opinions (however worthless and ill-informed those opinions might be in the eyes of others) - it's not about providing something of 'value'.

3. I expressed my opinion about this particular thing in a calm, non-confrontational (albiet sarcastic) manner. I did not and still am not resorting to petty insults - so perhaps you should look at yourself before telling others to grow up.

4. You can't give a valid critique on a product that you haven't used and isn't even out yet. All you can do is express an opinion based upon the information you've been provided with - which is what I did.

Anything else?

lunahalo
lunahalo

@jmc88888 @oyvs If you don't want to be "watched" (cause I'm sure they are watching, lol) if you UNPLUG IT it can't work anymore....

easy enough, when not playing turn off the power bar...done

-Geo
-Geo

@jmc88888 @oyvs I guess can't go play UNO naked anymore. Fuck you NSA! 

Murica!

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

@jmc88888 @oyvs Want all the cool futuristic stuff you got to give up some things. And honestly I aint really doing anything that I really need to have. Smoke a bowl or two. I doubt the government gives a crap about it anymore seeing as how its on the verge of being legal now. Follow the simple laws and your good unless your a terrorist. 

rasterror
rasterror

@jmc88888 @oyvs Yes because before the Kinect it never happened.  I guess Nixon had a Kinect during his time in office.

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

@jmc88888 @freedom01 What laws are you not abiding by. What do you have to hide. People who are doing things illegal which they dont want people to find out are going against the laws and having their rights forfitted. When you break the law you lose a good bit of your rights. Stop doing illegal nonsense

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Looking in the long run, I think that the PS4 will have more exclusives since Sony gets more support from Japanese Game Developers

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

@epicgameresearc 95-99% of PC games that are released for consoles only work on Windows operating system. Microsoft owns windows. If the new consoles are like PC and PC games are now easier to port because of the systems design then micrsoft is still banking if the PC version only runs on Windows. Because you have to pay for windows licensing and if your laptop or pc has windows on it most likely when you paid for the system the licensing price  was included. Hence why you can build a pretty good computer better than the retails for cheaper because your not paying for the OS. Console exlcusives are now turning into Brand Exclusives this generation. As it will be a microsoft excluvsive if its on PC and Xbox.

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@dasgina @blackace There is a reason. However, you wouldn't know that because people don't consider a little research.

blackace
blackace

@JangoF-76 @-Geo Don't like it? Don't buy it. Why come on here and complain on something you won't even own. That's called being a bias troll.

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@david1230 @freedom01 This isn't 2006. processing power does not get split ; a higher percent of its usage goes into the thing its power whether it be games, netflix, browsing. e.g 90% for games, 10% for netflix running in the back. Then when you switch to netflix, those percentages reverse. 

I don't understand your point. A multi-functional device separates its CPU into segments depending on the currently used game/app? Are you saying that the Xbox One is the only thing that does that? PS4 certainly does as well. However, both handle the processing power probably in the same way so there is no difference.

"Blah-blah- DRR5, shitty DDR3 blah blah bullshit coming out of my mouth" Yeah, don't even mention that. Both consoles have optimised hardware for their box. Both have their advantages over the other. DDR5 is used for greater dot-pitch and faster rendering. DDR3 is for rapid, good quality multi-tasking and over heats much less. Overheating won't be a problem on the Xbox One having made half of the box a venting system for cold air to pass through.

However, to handle the loss in graphic fidelity, the xbox one has a very effective technique called "Tiled resources". The simplest way to describe this is that the closer you get to an in-game object, the more detailed it gets without using more memory. Instead of using just one image with high graphic fidelity, they use many many small ones put together to make it very much more detailed. Google "Microsoft Build 2013 Tiled Rcources" it'll be explained in more detailed and from the looks of it, will probably put Xbox One level with PS4's graphics.

david1230
david1230

@freedom01 don't forget the xbone's processors power is being split up in many ways, which wont allow it to give its fullest power to games, because you know, m$'s ad space is first then if they have enough power to run your game semi decent they will try to, but they are already being compared to ps3 in terms of the fact their infrastructure is being placed into to many other options, adspace,kinect power, etc, you will actually see the xbone be like the ps3, remember when ps3 kids complained about their games? your going to hear alot of bitching from the other isle this time.