Kinect 2.0

  • Microsoft’s New Trailer Shows Off Xbox One’s Multi-tasking Capabilities

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    Microsoft just release a cool little trailer showing off the Xbox One’s dashboard capabilities. The console war is heating up every passing day and it would be stupid for the creators not to show case their product’s new and unique features.

    The entire video is basically a showcase of the Xbox One’s voice-controlled functionality using the Kinect. The trailer shows the user using voice commands to switch between several entertainment features; from games to movies, to TV and Skype.

    The display was pretty impressive, being able to record (Game DVR service) and share gameplay videos using via voice commands is definitely cool. However this is still a promo video, and how smooth and intuitive the actual navigation and multi-tasking is, will only be decided after some reviewers get through with it. For now, all we got to do is hold tight and wait for its official launch on November 22.

    Xbox One Trailer - http://youtu.be/1aWrjuBo70o

  • MICROSOFT IN TROUBLE AGAIN - XBOX ONE ADVERTISING PLANS

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    They have gone and done it again. Microsoft got themselves in a pinch again over their future advertising plans on the Xbox One. Although Microsoft has said that it is “actively seeking a correction” to the original story that showed up in Advertising Age, the issues that got raised over user privacy showed that they have a long way to go before they can win back the gamers’ trust in the Xbox One.

    On a recent article on Yusus Medhi, Microsoft's corporate vice president for marketing and strategy, AdAge mentioned that Xbox One could provide advertisers access to "a huge new trove of data about what's going on in living rooms," which brought up the longstanding concerns about Xbox One’s privacy settings.

    This is what Mehdi said regarding Microsoft’s future advertising plans in a speech at the Association of National Advertisers Masters of Marketing Conference in Phoenix."We are trying to bridge some of the world between online and offline. That's a little bit of a holy grail in terms of how you understand the consumer in that 360 degrees of their life."

    Picking up on this Kotaku's Owen Good wrote, "while Xbox One isn't selling the stuff Kinect collects from your living room to marketers right out of the box, the capacity is there, and it could be the kind of game-changer that makes ad buyers swoon."And so it begins.

    For what it’s worth, Microsoft has been clear about its commitment to the Xbox One privacy policies. In an email statement to NBC News they said,

    "We do not have plans to target ads or content to you based on any data Kinect collects. We have a long-standing commitment to your privacy and will not target ads to you based on any data Kinect collects unless you choose to allow us to do so. Furthermore, we will give you a clear explanation of what is collected and how it will be used."

    In addition Microsoft said in a statement to AllThingsD that AdAge's report of Mehdi's talk was "based on misinterpretation." Further more in an emailed statement to NBC Microsoft clarified this further.

    “Yusuf Mehdi spoke about how consumers are investing their time across multiple devices in the 360 degrees of their life and how there is an opportunity for advertising experiences to evolve and become more unified across those devices. For example, just as Xbox SmartGlass allows companion mobile experiences that are synchronous to what is being watched on TV, advertisers could create new experiences unifying their content across devices. The quote from Yusuf in AdAge is not in relation to Kinect.”

    I guess what ticked gaemrs off was the original news that suggested that that Microsoft was using its new advertising technology known as "natural user interface ads" (NUads, for short) to basically make the Xbox Live dashboard into a freemium service like Facebook; something that could essentially monetize gamers by tracking their habits and reactions to advertisements. But wonder if we are over reacting just a tad bit. I mean no one likes advertisements, but there is no way they can shove these down our throats knowing that we don’t agree with them, right?

  • XBOX ONE ALLOWS PICTURE IN PICTURE COMMENTARY

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    As we get closer to the November launch dates of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the feature war keeps getting hotter. Seems there has been an update in one of the features that was believed to be finalized for both consoles; as you guessed from the title, I am talking about the gameplay recording feature.

    Initially it was said theat the Xbox One would buffer 5 minutes of recording that that would also be the maximum length of a shared video. Sony then came out to confirm that the PS4 would buffer 15 minutes of recording with no specific limit to the max length of a given clip.

    At the recent Eurogamer Expo Microsoft executive vice president Phill Harrison mentioned that users may record “as much or as little as they want”. However gamers will be able to add-on separately recorded commentary to the clips which would be done using the Kinect camera and displayed as picture-picture in the final video.

    However if you were getting excited by what Phill Harrison said, “as much as they want or as little as they want”, and wondering that the max length of the videos will be much longer than 5 minutes then don’t be. This is what Microsoft confirmed with Game Informer recently.

    "We can confirm the recording buffer in Game DVR is 5 minutes, which we feel is optimized to take advantage of high-quality production features and advanced social mechanics in Xbox One."

    Basically regardless of how you capture a video, whether from pressing the record button OR from buffer, the max length of clip will always be capped at 5 minutes. Well at least the picture-in-picture commentary is pretty cool. Wonder if and how Sony will react to this. OX

  • PLAYSTATION 4 EYE FEATURES VOICE RECOGNITION

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    Although Sony has not been emphasizing much on their new PlayStation 4 eye like Microsoft has on their Kinect 2.0, little by little we do get to hear some pretty cool features of the PS4 eye that make it that much more comparable to the Kinect 2.0.

    The latest update was noticed from the listing of the PS4 eye on Amazon where a bullet point describing the produce read, “from navigational voice commands to facial recognition, the PlayStation Camera adds incredible innovation to your gaming.” This pretty much confirms that the PS4 Eye will support voice recognition and is supported by a job listing from Sony that was seen some time ago for a “Speech Recognition Intern”:

    This upgrade does make the PS4 that much closer to the Xbox One, if one were to own the PS4 Eye. However exact comparison is difficult to make as this feature has not been highlighted by Sony, and even the voice recognition feature of Kinect 2.0 will only be available in 5 markets at launch.

    Currently the PS4 camera is not bundled with the console and will be available separately at a price tag of $60. Sources believe this decision was made by Sony to beat Microsoft at the price point of their console, and which for now has been widely successful based on pre-order numbers alone.

    Even more interesting is that recent news suggests that Sony will be releasing a bundle of Sony PS4 + PS4 Eye + Killzone: Shadow fall for $499 which is the exact same price as the Xbox One will be launching at. That is going to be one difficult deal to turn down.

  • UBISOFT’S FIGHTER WITHIN

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    Hey there guys! I don’t know if you can remember or not, but last E3 Ubisoft mentioned that they were working on a lot of new games, most of which are new IPs which have never been seen. Since then I have been very curious in finding out what these were since Ubisoft has been knocking them out of the park recently with games like Watch Dogs and The Division.

    But even before they could get to Gamescom, a new domain registration was discovered for one of their upcoming games called Fighter Within. The domain Figher-Within.com was registered sometime back in June but only recently revealed. Although the page only lead to a bare bone “coming soon” page, just today the first trailer for the game was revealed in Gamescom.

    Fighter Within reveal trailer: http://youtu.be/ESrZgOAAQRU

    There is not much info regarding the game at the moment and the only gameplay video is a poor quality shot of two people playing it at the show floor at Gamescom. From what can be seen, the game has been designed for the Kinect and for now seems to be exclusive for the Xbox One. Ubisoft has supposedly been developing the game for about two years. From the gameplay video it can be see that by moving around the players can make the in-game characters move back, use their surroundings, kick, punch, grab, i.e. do pretty much everything you can do in other fighters.

    The fact that you will be playing with a friend right next to you who can see your movements and predict what you can do is a pretty intriguing concept which might lead to some tense, competitive action. Although I haven’t ever seen a Kinect game I like, this is the Kinect 2.0 we are talking about. Hopefully with its better sensing capabilities and with enough effort from Ubisoft, this game could become one of the first Kinect fighting games that will be used as a bench mark for future Kinect games.

    Gameplay video - http://youtu.be/xYctLfM7ufA

  • Sony PS4 Launch Date & Price Revealed

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    Finally after such a long time coming we are finally able to gaze at the next installment of the PlayStation, the PlayStation 4.

    The reveal finally came at E3 2013 during Sony's press conference. I really don't know if it is that much better off than the Xbox One aesthetically speaking but at least it is easy to see that Sony really put some thought into its design, despite the end result. I appreciate these small touches. How are we to get excited over their new console if they are not, right?

    Well they haven't exactly mentioned specifically why it is shaped so or whether the design contributes to any particular function - cooling, noise, etc. - but I guess only time will tell. More importantly Sony has also revealed that they will be launching the PS4 worldwide during the holiday season of 2013 and it will bear a price of $399.

    So the PS4 will cost about $100 less than the Xbox One which is priced at $499 and will be come along with Kinect 2.0.  The Playstation Eye is not going to come along with the console and can be bought separately for an additional $60. So what do you guys think? Does it look good? Was it worth the hype? Is the price reasonable or did you expect it to be cheaper?

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