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Xbox One makes Your Room a Prison

The reveal of Xbox One has provoked some huge complaints among gamers. Gamers are upset with what Microsoft has shown and there are very apparent reasons why this is an acceptable emotion to be feeling towards the company. One of Xbox One’s main features seen yesterday is how the Kinect is now basically in command of the console (in ways). The console seems to rely on a device that never had a huge appeal to gamers. The thing with the Kinect being Xbox One’s true eye means that this little piece of hardware can easily turn your room into a prison.

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TheSuperior 1159d ago

I am so upset with the Kinect watching me all the time that it probably will feel like a prison because I game with my family, we trade the control on singel player games and we all have a gamer profile. Gaming like this seems like it wint be supported by One at this point and for that I am a die hard 360 fan who will most likly make the move to PS4.

theWB271159d ago

What's so hard about facing the camera directly at the wall?

kneon1159d ago

While I understand peoples disdain for the requirement to have Kinect I think the privacy issues are overblown.

It's not that different from the webcams on your phones, PC's, tablets, laptops and TV's. Sure it's technically possible for hackers to snoop on you but it's highly unlikely to happen.

Gh05t1159d ago

Disclaimer: I am not talking about hacking here.

The difference is that none of the things you mentioned REQUIRE use. I can put a piece of paper, tape, unplug, or disable all the options you just gave leaving ME in CONTROL. Xbox One (as far as I can determine) does not allow me to be in control of how it is used. Would the Xbox work properly if I put a piece of paper over the camera (or turn it toward a blank wall)? Can I turn off the camera since I wont be using it personally, how about the Mic? All these things I can control on everything.

Dont get me wrong I am not too worried about being spied on but I dont like not being in control of cameras in my own home. If its in use while I am intending to use it great. If its in use all the time when I dont want it to be thats not okay.

Its about control why would I allow MS to have control of something that I should be the one controlling in my own home?

kneon1159d ago

I expect covering the lens won't be a problem, but effectively blocking the microphone is more difficult.

But except for PCs other devices often don't give you much control over the mic and webcam either. I don't recall seeing a phone that allowed you to disable the webcam and muting the mic is useless since it can just be turned on via software.

urwifeminder1159d ago

Cant wait for virtua soap drop 3 then day one.

ElementX1159d ago

Can't you just cover it or turn it towards the wall?

theWB271159d ago

If common sense were applied then there wouldn't be anything for peeps to complain about. Seriously...

Gh05t1159d ago

If this were truly the case than why wouldn't Microsoft build in a way to turn the camera off? Since they haven't said you can turn the camera off I am going to assume you cant just put a piece of paper or tape over it or turn it toward a wall and have everything work.

mcgrottys1159d ago

they already showed how you can control it with a tablet and controller so logically you can use it without the kinect, but sure there may be games where you might need kinect (like kinect sports does) or might go well with kinect but not need it (child of Eden) or maybe even not use it at all like a lot of current gen games.

Besides if kinect is watching you and everyone else I don't think you need to worry because there are probably going to be people doing more messed up things than you overshadowing whatever you do.

HyperBear1159d ago

Jeez...my room is already a prison :D

With the Xbox One, turns my prison into a barbed-wire cell :/

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