The extent of Kinect 2's visual DRM is beginning to emerge

Kinect 2 will be able to employ certain DRM measures depending on what it observes in the living room.

That’s the conclusion suggested by a patent filed by Microsoft, and corroborated by sources talking to MCV in the weeks leading up to this week’s Xbox One reveal.

ExtremeTech reports that Microsoft has filed for a patent that allows Kinect to monitor the number of viewers in the room. It then cross-checks this with the maximum number of viewers permitted by the licence that a user agrees to when purchasing or renting content.

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NewMonday2505d ago

Holy invasion of privacy batman!

Just don't move, Kenict will not see you if you stay perfectly still

And getting fully drenched in mud could also help

Masta_fro2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

What in the actual fuuuu...???

This is just getting rediculous. Scratch that, we passed rediculous at the reveal.

This is...LUDICROUS!!

And i know some fanboy, somewhere, is thinking "well its just a patent doesn't mean they'll use it..." to that fanboy i say...Why would you defend this? Even if it is just a patent, the simple fact that microsoft thought it up is insulting to me.

Just my humble opinion, but [email protected] that shit! You do not mess with people's privacy!

MikeMyers2505d ago

You will be able to adjust the settings. It's amazing how people always think the worse.

Also, as if Microsoft will charge people extra money if there are more than a certain amount of people in the room viewing/playing something.

Blacktric2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

I love Onion's take on what could possibly be next to follow these ridiculous DRM measures.

"It's the immersive obedience experience we've been waiting for."


Masta_fro2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )


Seriously, i checked your profile to see if you're a microsoft employee.
Maybe...Or maybe you're just a microsoft fanboy defending every negative xbox article you read.

Don't care. But please dont act like you know anything, and judge me for thinking the worst.

What part of...Its a camera that is always on and you have no way of TRULY knowing what information gets sent to microsoft... do you feel comfortable with?

And yes, the goverment tells you everything they do.

DeanSanchez2505d ago

Games have changed. ID-tagged players carry ID-tagged consoles,
use ID-tagged games. DRM inside their software enhance and regulate their playability...

Game control.. Information control..
Account control.. Retail control.

Everything is monitored, and kept under control.

Games.. have changed.

aCasualGamer2505d ago

Completely agree with Masta_fro.

It's not that i'm afraid they're going to use the patent, but the fact that the patent exists and that they came up with the idea is quite insulting. I don't want that greedy moneysucking screw up of a company to try and spy on my family, in my house. Not that i was ever going to consider buying their console after that event.

MikeMyers2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

Masta_fro, I take it you didn't read that xbox link I sent you for the existing Kinect. They have already been asked about Kinect 2 always being on and mentioned about the current Kinect policy being applied and how they will still be protecting peoples privacy.

joeorc2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

Busted: Microsoft intercepts, decrypts, and reads your Skype messages

for people that think is just a rumor:

Microsoft says that ‘Legal Intercept’ can be used by the US government or “one of its agencies”. If further mentions that this technology would require obtaining “appropriate legal permission”, which might not be that difficult for a government to acquire. The technology can record any kind of voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) communications. “VoIP may include audio messages transmitted via gaming systems, instant messaging protocols that transmit audio, Skype and Skype-like applications, meeting software, video conferencing software, and the like,” Microsoft said in the filing.



Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One Kinect microphone is always listening for commands, in other words, it’s always on. The new Xbox One will continue to listen for voice commands even when the console is turned off. This makes it possible to turn the console on with a voice command. If the device is powered off, it’s in a state which can be considered as sleeping. While it sleeps it still listens for the ‘power on’ command so that it can be turned on whenever an user gives that voice command.

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Fairchild Channel F2505d ago

Just don't believe it when it tells you that it just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit and that it will go 100% failure in 72 hours.


PSVita2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

Companies patent things all the time I wouldn't worry about this too soon or if ever.

Godmars2902505d ago

The thing is in this case MS could also implement this anytime they wanted.

kevnb2505d ago

sony and cinavia say hi, you should worry.

PSVita2505d ago

Piracy is a totally different topic.

Supermax2505d ago

Oh no what to do oh yea I'm gettin a Xbox one on you know day one.

Masta_fro2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

exactly, microsoft is sure making it easy for me to decide..

he's being sarcastic btw...

M-M2505d ago

Wow I can't believe how accurate the rumors were! I was hoping that something like this would never happen, which is why I said we should wait until Microsoft's reveal. Now it's pretty much confirmed that they will be charging based on how many people are in the room. Seriously is this a joke or something?

Angeljuice2505d ago (Edited 2505d ago )

What next? Does it "grass you up" to the pigs if it sees you smoking a spliff?

Pintheshadows2505d ago

That is a bloody terrifying thought.

Theangrybogan2505d ago

Nah just bombard u with ads for Doritos and Mountain Dew....

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