Battlefield 4 on Xbox One could feature head-tracking

DICE examining possibility of using Kinect sensor to allow players to peek and lean around corners, speak voice commands.

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Battlefield 4 on Xbox One could feature Kinect-powered head-tracking, executive producer Patrick Bach said in a new interview on the Xbox Wire.

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He explained that DICE is "looking into" features that "enhance" controls, including using Kinect for peeking and leaning, as well as further head-tracking. This is in addition to using Kinect for voice commands.

In July, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson said Battlefield 4 would use Kinect on Xbox One only "where it will make sense."

"We have a pretty pragmatic view [on Kinect]," Magnus Troedsson said at the time. "Instead of just trying to tick all the boxes of features you can do with new hardware, we look at what actually adds value [for] our players."

Also in the Xbox Wire interview, Bach confirmed that Battlefield 4 on Xbox One will support 64 players and run at 60 frames-per-second. "This is a big deal for us because it's always something we've wanted to deliver but we couldn't do it without taking away from the core 'Battlefield' experience," he said.

Battlefield 4 launches on October 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The PlayStation 4 version arrives on November 12, while the Xbox One iteration hits November 19.

A current-generation console and PC multiplayer beta for Battlefield 4 begins on October 1.

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meh, the military in real life shoots the body, so not too realistic to keep insisting on headshots.

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I love when developers release games before the console is available. I can just imagine thousands of kids clutching $60 game cases in their sweaty palms anxiously awaiting a midnight madness console release that's three days away. :-)

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If this happens then they have no excuse not to have such a feature for TrackIR or Oc Rift on the PC.

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and that is why i wan't kinect with my xbox. one

it gives new possibilities in the futur. maybe we don't use it mucht in the beginning, but it wil sure ad fun and exitement furter on

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The real news is they are looking into peeking system like maybe Vegas 2 or Gears. That I would like. I don't want to have to move my head around to do it. That's dumb.

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I can definitely picture stupid people head butting each other on the couch.

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Please KEEP Kinect our of OUR lives (we are not 30-40 year olds who are looking for yoga or other workouts) TRY to make OUR FUTURE GAMES MUCH BETTER instead, is that so hard!

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@Cpt_Cosmonaut Uhm the age of the avg gamer is 35... so more probable than not, they are....

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@Cpt_Cosmonaut NO.

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prey you don't sneeze while trying to shoot someone

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@Ayebang @DankDutch Playstation has the eye that could do that, but no its just plain stupid

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No, No, No. This sounds stupid and annoying. Keep the stupid kinect out of my games.

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So how sensitive would this be do I turn my head away from my screen and my guy ends up poking his head out to get sniped or maybe i move in my chair, it needs to be useful not a burden if I have to hold absolutely still to not randomly lean

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@FakeMythology Or maybe if you stand up from your sofa, you get sniped in real life....for the ultimate immersive experience.

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Oh Jesus, is this the "Innovation" that they won't shut up about?

Pass

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Kinect is so stupid.

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@DankDutch You...too ?

It is stupid due to ps 4 cannot do it right.

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@DankDutch

Thanks for the insight!

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So I can lean over corners only if I pay 100$ and buy kinnect?! and if not then why is it only on xboxone not on PC!?

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What?

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@FollowY0urBliss @oOhedzOo I mean kinnect is an xbox exclusive devise and BF4 doesn't support leaning from corners, but if it does only by using kinnect, then that would be odd because it will be exclusive to xbox users.

But I'm interested if they add leaning mechanics in BF.

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@Dr_Umbreon yea it does track the controller......but when you read the article it says "Head Tracking" so yea :)

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@krazy_eddy Maybe thats what they mean by kinect motions? The kinect does track the controller too

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@oOhedzOo BF4 for next gen have already been having a leaning mechanic.... For example the PS4 dice has decided to use the six axis motion sensors built in the ps4 controller.......So all u have to do is tilt the controller to eaither the left or right and your character will lean

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God, this would be incredibly handy. Especially for air combat.

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@mechag2 Thats what the Occulus Rift is for.

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@mechag2 Yeah, nothing's sweeter than turning away from your tv while gaming :P

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"the Xbox One iteration hits November 19" So the Xbox One version comes out 3 days before the Xbox One itself!?

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@BCFOX

Um, VERY, VERY common practice. Is this your first console gen?

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@sscaling @margod117 depends on how much you move your head and how much it will actually effect they view on screen. They dont have to make it super realistic.

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@margod117 @sscaling Ok now you made me salivate... The Xbox one cant come fast enough, gah!

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That is awesome! Imagine your posted up somewhere sniping aiming with the scope and then take a second to look left and right and make sure no one is flaking you! First time ive been excited about the Kinect!

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@margod117 ill wait for the occulus rift if it ever gets done, thanks.

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@margod117 If you look to the left and the right, you are no longer looking at your television, so...

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@sscaling @margod117

Forza 4 did this with the original Kinect and it worked pretty well. It's not like you're turning your entire head ALL the way to a certain direction.

Even the slightest movement can make a big impact, and there is also a sesitivitey adjutment bar.

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Sawweeet

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@Shantmaster_K Yeeeeeaaah!!!!! dude!!!

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Edited By plm3d_basic

That's one good use for kinect in a shooter.

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Awesome!

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there is a very simple way of making it possible to peak around and over cover - Far cry 3 did it well and now COD:ghosts is doing it (while it doesnt fit COD gameplay at all - they're still doing it) - so why wouldnt Dice do it?
i'd buy BF4 instately if leaning around corners was possible. it's a feature im eagerly waiting to be implemented.

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@topeira I've always wondered this too. I've played several online shooters and although they may not have been up to par with BF, there was at least a lean feature and scope elevation adjustments. BF is finally adding the scope adjustments. waiting n the leaning. it will change the gameplay A LOT

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But what about BF4 + Oculus Rift!? I NEED TO KNOW THX!!! >_<

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@Quarkzquarkz that's more important than garbage kinect

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I imagine if they do this the will have to use the ps4 touchpad as well

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I'm no fan of xbox or kinect, but I'd absolutely love to see if they manage to make this work! I have so far not seen any good implementation of head tracking, considering our heads are usually facing straight, looking at the stationary tv screen.

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@PayneKiller

Forza 4 did this with the original Kinect and it worked pretty well. It's not like you're turning your entire head ALL the way to a certain direction.

Even the slightest movement can make a big impact, and there is also a sesitivitey adjutment bar.

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Leaning and peeking should have been a core part of every fps this gen. It is just common sense. No one should have to blindly enter rooms or blindly sprint around corners.

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I remember seeing this on a PC game. It looked and felt amazing. Why because it made the game that much more hardcore, you played with more strategy then just running out in the open. I would love to see this with Battlefield 4, on the Xbox One, Please make this happen DICE thank you!

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Add that to a horror game.

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@TheDarkSpot You, go get a job with MS, and make this game, would be amazing!

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