Xbox One May system update: Help Microsoft improve Kinect voice commands by opting-in to speech data collection

Update will also add a sound mixer for apps.

The Xbox One May system update will let you opt-in to a speech data collection, which should help Microsoft improve Kinect’s speech recognition and voice commands.

As Xbox One owners know, Kinect allows you turn on the device, go to a particular app, and perform other actions simply by speaking to it, but it doesn’t always work. Allowing Microsoft to collect your speech data should help improve this feature.

“The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans,” Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb explained in a post to Xbox Wire.

Again, Xbox One will not collect this data by default after the update. You’ll have to opt-in by setting Share Voice Data to Allow under the Privacy & Online Safety settings. Microsoft also said that all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.

The May update, which will begin rolling out to users in the early access program this week, will also add a sound mixer for apps. This will allow you to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using snap and decide which is louder. It will also allow you to control the volume levels when using Kinect for chat.

Yesterday, Hryb said Microsoft still wants to add the ability to preload unreleased digital games to Xbox One, a feature that Sony added to the PlayStation 4 in the latest firmware update.

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Discussion

425 comments
oflow
oflow

So much fake indignation.  

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

Next patch, thumb prints and retina recognition. For gaming purposes only. We swear.

Pupchu
Pupchu

I want my Xbone to shout back at me when i shout at it.

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

This is exactly why MS if getting killed by Sony.  MS STILL insists on pushing their communist agendas.  First they want pictures of your living room and every single family member and now they want you to sample the voices of everyone who lives in your house.  The Xbox One is NOT a gaming machine.  It is a trojan horse designed to overturn freedom and democracy.

sorakairi19
sorakairi19

Great, they release an update and its for the kinext.

How about releasing an update for you only maxing out at 900p?

joe_shickler
joe_shickler

The console is great, i'm still very satisfied with my purchase, and things can only get better from here. :) Great job Microsoft! 

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Xbox, I've fallen and I can't get up! Halp!

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Looks like now the SPYCAM 2.0 needs your approval TO SPY on you. XD 

Hilarious!

Merseyak
Merseyak

lol nothing is going to save this pro claimed next gen console lool i was in cex the other day a game shop in the uk i noticed alot of pre owned xbox consoles on the shelves so i asked how many do you actually have to which she replied 53! haha ikr so then i just had to ask the inevitable so how many ps4s do you have she said 3 im a pc gamer so i paid for my ssd drive and took my leave :)

Bowser05
Bowser05

Seems like a mostly useless update...but I will definitely opt-in. I enjoy the voice commands and will happily try and contribute to its improvement.

jhcho2
jhcho2

This is as bad as Dice asking owners of Battlefield 4 to draft reports on game errors. It's something MS should be paying you to do. Why should I spend $400-$500 on a console, and at the same time provide voice/speech sampling for MS? Shouldn't MS be paying a bunch of people to do that?

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

MS would be in a world of shit if Android OS wasn't even around... they profit millions a year from Android... that's why they aren't pushing Windows Phone as hard as they could. Why waste the money...?(this statement is meant for a reply to someone earlier)

As far as Kinect , I think it's all a waist of money. Some people like it, but some people would like a CHOICE. Just as the Wii U with that goofy screen controller... apparently alot of people don't like it...

And people wonder why Sony is stomping the floor this gen... Cause they give the consumer CHOICE

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

I assumed it was collecting voice data to improve services anyway, but as its not - I've now enabled the option.

the recognition needs all the help it can get - worked for Siri / Google's voice search & now hopefully Cortana.

vladric
vladric

 A Xbox One UPDATE article, and people still bring in console war debates. Just accept it PC is better in hardware and software. Also PC is outselling console games. Just buy a console if you enjoy the selected exclusives on that chosen platform. 

Earthen80
Earthen80

What a crazy discussion thread.

radar2670
radar2670

Sorry M$ but too late. I already made the best improvement you can my Kinect. I never pluged the damn thing in and left in the box!


thenephariouson
thenephariouson

So they're basically doing what Apple have been doing with SIRI for years......... k,

Personally I dont care less if it helps improve the system then fair enough. 


Its also quite comical that most people p$ss their pants and start spewing total dribble regarding topics such as spying and the NSA and other BS, yet they don't have problem with the camera on their Phone / Laptop / PC, or even the fact the Google Mine and actively monitor Gmail accounts, every single web site you visit, even your location and then sell this information to millions of companies across the internet.... mmmm


Its amusing that Google know more about you than MS ever could, but hey their cool yeah....


What a f%ckin laugh

jameson420
jameson420

@FighterforJC  Yep traded mine in when MS refused to tell me why I "need" a Kinect and figured I could trade it to them for store credit at a MS store or something. When that failed I returned it for a PS4, because Planet-Side 2 and PS Now alone are worth the switch, fucking idiots at MS ruined a great piece of gaming hardware and turned it into a VCR..

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

@FighterforJC I hate MS's agenda too, but I'd hardly call it communist. On the contrary, it's only driven by the lure of profit (through data collection and exchange, in this case).

joe_shickler
joe_shickler

@FighterforJC  It's not like it's forced on you. You don't have to turn on the feature, it's just there if you want to do so... 

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@dr_jashugan Yeah, that spycam bullshit is about as old as the hash stained bellbottoms I found in my attic the other day. Maybe if I dig deeper, I can find my old 60's tinfoil hat and can send it to you. So lame.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@Merseyak Ok so, you're a PC guy and you're bashing the Xbox One. Something you don't even own. I've had the exact opposite experience. I go to all the local electronics stores and pawn shops on a regular basis to see what's up since I own an electronics shop myself. I've got 2 used PS4's in my shop right now for sale. I've never had an Xbox One come in yet. I've never seen a used Xbox One in any of the other shops in town either so, you are just one guy in one town. The only people who feel the Xbox One needs saving are the people who don't intend to ever buy one so, why do you care?


I'm a PC guy too. I'm just not an elitist douchbag who thinks because he has a PC, everything else is shit. I also own a PS4 and Xbox One. They all play games very well so, no saving needed.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Bowser05

Yea, if it makes the experience better then why not.  They're only doing what SIRI have been doing for years, its simply evolution and will make the whole experience much better in the long run.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@jhcho2 You do know what the term "Opt in" means right? It sounds like you have no intention of ever buying an Xbox One anyway so, wtf do you care? Seriously why do people constantly troll about a console they never plan on buying?


"I'm never going to buy this POS ever!!" Guess what? NOBODY GIVES A SHIT!


I'm never going to buy a Curling Iron. Do I go on Hairstyle websites and troll about all the terrible features it has and how much it sucks? Nope. Cuz I know nobody cares.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@TheExxorcist Really!?  PS4 certainly didn't give me a "Choice" in not having some bullshit blue light on the controller that was meant for the camera.  It continues to drain the batteries even when dimmed.


You praise the console that's least innovative.  I may hate MS just as much but the fact that they took a risk is at least somewhat refreshing. Same with Nintendo.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@TheExxorcist

One of the reasons why devs don't push Windows Phone Apps as much as Android is that MS simply have very good filtering and Quality mechanisms, unlike Android that is simply riddled with a plethora of shite, Malware, Trojans and spyware based bloatware.

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@vladric  Yep and Santa Clause is real.  PC has NO GAMES TO SHOW FOR.  None.  My PC costs 3 times as much as my PS4 and it can't play games.  'Nuff said.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@radar2670  You'll be the first one to plug it back in though if Microsoft find a good use for it.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@thenephariouson I don't have my phones camera facing my living room all day and I sure as hell don't give them permission to collect my voice or conversations, yes people are always being watched in a way but the X1 is just a bit much especially with Microsofts ties to the NSA, they have allowed the NSA to collect data for years through their services and even helped them find back doors in versions of Windows.

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

@joe_shickler @FighterforJC  It's not "forced" on you, but MS is still pushing and pushing and pushing.  I give it 6 months before MS reinstates their original plan of mandatory check ins.

gammagreen
gammagreen

@bdrtfm @Merseyak  no, Microsoft knows the Xbox needs saving...if you paid any attention to the major price cuts and any of the recent interviews with Xbox employees then you would know this but ya know what they say....ignorance is bliss! 

gammagreen
gammagreen

@bdrtfm @jhcho2  lol you are one of those hilarious people who's says they're not a fanboy but only post fanboy comments.....


Maybe you don't care about his comment regarding MIcrosofts business tactics but I thought his comment was interesting and insightful and according to the upvotes so did 14 other people......comment sections are there for people to voice their opinion and his was the Microsoft is trying to get people to do data entry for free....


Go pretend to not be a xbot while blindly posting only Microsoft pro comments

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Lol.. your mad at a light???

How much extra did that "Forced" light cost you???

Your missing the point. Kinect Runs the Xone $100 extra retail.

xTheTrueSeekerx
xTheTrueSeekerx

This is just wrong on so many levels. Deva don't push it because barely anyone has a windows phone. I literally know 1 person who has one. Take Apple for instance: they're very similar to WP in regards to filtering, and they get most apps first. Why? Because so many people have iphones.

And malware on android? Nope. I've been on android since the original G1 and have never had a single issue like that. Ever.

jameson420
jameson420

@Dannystaples14 @radar2670  You mean like VR or Ar which is what we wanted in the 1st place over the Kinect. The Kinect is a bridge between these technologies and is the joke of Microsoft. They spent almost a billion dollars on the damn thing instead of giving us an overpowered gaming console, fucking idiots will not come up with a good enough reason to buy or plug the Kinect back in..

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@mkeezay22 @thenephariouson  There is nothing they can get from watching me play games in my living that they can't from my computer or my phone. So why would they specifically target the Kinect? I bet a single phone call from me to any other person can tell them more about me than the view of my living room ever could.

joe_shickler
joe_shickler

@FighterforJC @joe_shickler  I'd like for them to reinstate some of the old policies. They're not as bad as everyone makes them out to be. If they are planning on reinstating them, with all the time they've had they probably touched up on some things. 24 hour check ins wouldn't be bad as long as they fine tune the penalty system they originally had. Otherwise i liked most of the policies. Call me crazy because i;m one of the few who actually liked their original plans.

vegitostompz
vegitostompz

If you really think the Kinect isn't driving up the price, then you truly are delusional.

skritch
skritch

@TheExxorcist  Just because the xbox one costs $100 more (at launch) not any more and defo not in canada ... it doesnt necessarily mean that entire $100 is the cost of the Kinect.  The Kinect might be free and the extra $100 is just for the extraness the xbox one brings 


Just saying