I’ve always been a pretty big proponent of buttons and other inputs you can actually touch; to that end, I haven’t really enjoyed Kinect in its current iteration very much – and it remains an unused, dusty peripheral that sits atop my TV. That could end up changing with the Xbox One – because it’s voice control options are actually quite impressive.
The video, thieved from Xbox.com by AGB, shows a user switching the console on; loading up a video, opening the activity feed; joining a game (of TITANFALL!); recording gameplay footage; sharing that footage; watching TV; snapping to Internet Explorer; accepting a Skype call; unceremoniously hanging up on his mate and switching the console off – using nothing but his voice, and in the space of two minutes
If it really works like this – and reports from an insider or two tell me it does – I can certainly see myself using the feature. Yes, it’s nothing you couldn’t do with buttons – but it’s all done without fiddling through a single unnecessary menu.
What do you think? If it’s as snappy as that video demonstrates, do you see yourself shouting at your Xbox One instead of going through myriad menus and button presses?
Last Updated: October 28, 2013