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Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns addressed by lawmakers with new bill

Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns addressed by lawmakers with new bill

Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One and the new Kinect sensor, privacy advocates have been up in arms about how the Kinect watches and listens to its users at all times in order to be at the ready when a voice command or hand gesture is initiated. Lawmakers are also joining in, proposing a new bill that wouldn't ban this kind of technology, but require an opt-in option.

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Xbox One privacy concerns assuaged by Microsoft in “always on” explanation

Xbox One privacy concerns assuaged by Microsoft in “always on” explanation

Microsoft wasn't terribly clear on certain aspects of the Xbox One upon its unveiling, and one area that raised concerns was a claim that the device was "always on," serving as a type of spy in your living room listening to your conversations and peeking at your activities. Microsoft made a couple attempts to clear up some of these concerns last month, but today has detailed privacy specifics that gamers can expect from their next-gen console.

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Xbox One Siri-style speech system and Skype remote play rumored

Xbox One Siri-style speech system and Skype remote play rumored

The Xbox One will be able to spot new people even if they're not actively playing, speak to gamers in a manner similar to Siri on the iPhone, and allow stuck players to seek help over Skype, it's rumored. Microsoft was coy with showing all of the new Kinect's features, according to Polygon's sources, at the Xbox One launch last week, saving some of the more advanced two-way interaction for closer to launch.

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New Kinect for Windows borrows Xbox One’s updated sensor

New Kinect for Windows borrows Xbox One’s updated sensor

The Xbox One introduced a new generation of Kinect motion-sensing earlier this week - now it's time for Microsoft to show how the Kinect for Windows sensor will be evolving as well. This update brings on the Xbox One's Kinect sensor in a package that'll have Windows machines making full use of a sharper HD color camera, noise-isolating microphone array, and a wider field of view than in past Kinect units.

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Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Next-gen gaming won't be truly immersive until it blows, Disney Research believes, and it has the Kinect accessory to fix that tactile omission. Aireal uses a focused blast of air, fired from a compact cannon designed to sit alongside a sensor-bar like Kinect, to make action on the screen feel all the more realistic; shown off at SIGGRAPH in July, the cannon can track a player around and synchronize with the gameplay.

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Xbox One Kinect includes “no listening” modes for living room privacy

Xbox One Kinect includes “no listening” modes for living room privacy

Microsoft has attempted to reassure privacy-perplexed gamers that the new Xbox One will not be a permanent spy camera in their living room, promising that the updated Kinect sensor will support "completely secure" shut-down modes. Kinect will be a standard part of the new Xbox One package, with the new motion-tracking bar even more accurate and perceptive than before, capable even of tracking a gamer's heart rate with no physical contact.

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Xbox One requires Kinect to function

Xbox One requires Kinect to function

This week as the Xbox One is introduced to the world, the company opposing Sony and their PlayStation 4 have taken an entirely different approach to its first reveal: console, Kinect, and controller included. If you decided that you weren't about to connect a motion-tracking device to your gaming console no matter what the trends in the industry, Microsoft and the Xbox One might have you thinking twice. In a close-up chat with an Xbox UK marketing director it's been revealed that the Xbox requires that its new Kinect device be attached at all times.

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Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that their next-generation console will be going by the name Xbox One, and with it will be coming Skype video chat for the living room. This gaming device is named "Xbox One" because Microsoft intends it to be an all-in-one home entertainment device, with Skype leading the way with group video calls through Kinect.

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