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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

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was reviewed on PC

65 Comments

  1. HvR

    October 28, 2013 at 12:04

    Wonder what would happen if you watch this trailer on your Xbox One listening through speakers?

    Reply

    • Pieter Kruger

      October 28, 2013 at 12:06

      Absolutely nothing!

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  2. oVg

    October 28, 2013 at 12:04

    Let me guess. The Kinect 2 will not work out of the box for little Timmy on XMAS day at his parents INTERNETLESS holiday home because it needs DRM activation and a 39gig update.

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    • NecroRince

      October 28, 2013 at 12:43

      Timmy is one sorry kid man…

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 28, 2013 at 13:13

      If only poor Timmy knew that the OS is buggy and that it’ll take months to rectify the problem. Poor Timmy won’t even be able to play COD Ghost at 720p…. because of all the crashes… 🙁 If only Timmy hadn’t sold his xbox 360 or gotten a WiiU instead… if only.. Timmy… 🙁

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      • oVg

        October 28, 2013 at 13:16

        The Wii U also needed a huge update that bricked many consoles.

        Give Timmy a PS2 if there are any out there.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 28, 2013 at 13:40

          Makro still sells the precious. They’re dirt cheap now… R999! 😀 I’d get three if I had the extra dough!

          Reply

  3. Dooza

    October 28, 2013 at 12:11

    Doubt the response would be as fast as in the video

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    • HvR

      October 28, 2013 at 12:13

      I think the browsing and skype commands will (at least should be) the same as in the video but loading and switching between games and movies there will be definitely be a lot more “loading lag”.

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      • Dooza

        October 28, 2013 at 12:53

        Exactly what I was thinking, no way it can jump from video to game that quickly

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 28, 2013 at 13:03

          it can’t, this is the wizardry of post-edit at work.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 28, 2013 at 13:06

            It’s CLOUD POWA!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 13:10

            720 times the POWAH!

    • Gavin Mannion

      October 28, 2013 at 12:47

      When I was given a behind the scenes tour the voice response was this quick… I’m still doubtful but so far it’s been pretty incredible

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      • Dooza

        October 28, 2013 at 12:52

        Are you serious? Kudos to M$ if they can pull it off

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      • ToshZA

        October 28, 2013 at 14:34

        I’m looking at this, and it’s confusing me as to why you’d get 4 downvotes. You’re stating first a fact (yes people, its a fact) based on your observations, and then your opinion on the matter. Good journalism.

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  4. ToshZA

    October 28, 2013 at 12:12

    This looks to be seriously seriously cool. Its one feature which Sony can’t even touch, and looks to be an amazing part of the Xbone. If I have the cash, this would definitely be a huge feature to convince me of buying one.

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  5. Umar heartless

    October 28, 2013 at 12:12

    God…..My excitement for Next Gen is waning each day ….. I’m sticking to current gen and PSVita, 3DS. I don’t care if I sound like a whiny bitch honestly…but F next gen. F Kinect and F Day one patches…sick of the way this industry is progressing. Honestly feel like giving up gaming

    DLC, DRM, Day One patches, F2P, Always Online, Skype…..grrrrrrrr………..#disgusting

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    • Sageville

      October 28, 2013 at 12:33

      “DLC, DRM, Day One patches, F2P, Always Online, Skype”

      Makes you want to give up gaming?

      I’m calling bullshit.

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 28, 2013 at 12:50

      You keep quiet about PCs! Oh wait…

      Reply

    • oVg

      October 28, 2013 at 12:50

      There are many who feel the same. Especially those who have been console gaming since the 80s. Not single problem until the internet consoles came along.

      I can understand that all of these Updates are just to try and defeat the Pirates. But somehow I think they have more to do with DATA farming than the gamers interest at heart.

      I am also going to hold back for a couple of years. Sometimes I wish I did that this gen after those darn RRODs.

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      • Umar heartless

        October 28, 2013 at 14:15

        It’s still going strong, current gen will keep us busy for a while. Next gen is just a load of bull man….it’s depressing seeing what it has become even more depressing is seeing gamers embrace all this krap. Yes, I will force my opinion upon thee lol

        Reply

  6. Weanerdog

    October 28, 2013 at 12:17

    If I were to get this at least someone in my house would actually listen to me. Wait no just thought of the wife trolling me. One hit away from defeating the vilest boss ever and suddenly “xbox off, so do you think we should get the cream curtains or the beige curtains”

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    • NecroRince

      October 28, 2013 at 12:44

      Cream 😉

      Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      October 28, 2013 at 12:46

      It’s the SAME COLOUR… this kills me

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      • HvR

        October 28, 2013 at 13:04

        “Xbox On”
        “Xbox bing cream versus beige”

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 28, 2013 at 13:06

          Xbox make sammich!

          Reply

    • matthurstrsa

      October 28, 2013 at 13:16

      There is actually a paint colour, which is sort of off white called Happy Ending.

      This is a true story.

      Reply

      • HvR

        October 28, 2013 at 13:45

        Happy Ending, Oyster Catcher and Creamy Fantasy, Plascon just confirmed that they are fucking with us.

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      • Sageville

        October 28, 2013 at 13:48

        My rooms are all painted with “Bone” color…..

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  7. NecroRince

    October 28, 2013 at 12:41

    So, do we need to all sound MERICAN for this thing to work?

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    • ToshZA

      October 28, 2013 at 12:56

      Naught hey bru, I shkeem we can klap it with a local accent hey!

      Edit: “Xbox, gooi us some tunes there hey?”

      Reply

  8. Kromas

    October 28, 2013 at 12:47

    How I envision the XBONE and its glorious Kinect system to work 90% of the time:

    Xbox – on
    Xbox – hire some hookers and buy some booze.
    Xbox – view porn till aforementioned hookers and booze arrive.
    Xbox – call and ambulance cause I am having a heart attack.

    Alternative

    Ring ring – “Hello?”
    NSA agent – “Hello sir. We have noticed that you have not turned your Xbox on in a while.”

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    • Pieter Kruger

      October 28, 2013 at 12:49

      NSA agent, so we’re still on that really? *goes back to sleep*

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    • HvR

      October 28, 2013 at 13:12

      from this article http://www.news24.com/Technology/News/Internal-error-downs-NSA-website-20131026

      it is clear the the NSA has upgraded to Windows 8 and integrated with other MS services in anticipation for the Xbox One launch.

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      • Kromas

        October 28, 2013 at 13:15

        Hahaha … that would be bad.

        “Xbox – Launch” … WW3 baby …. bring on the mutated zombies!

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  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 28, 2013 at 13:01

    Either this man has a severe case of ADD or the video has been sped up considerably (post-edit). Also, he says “go to Pacific Rim” yet, Pacific Rim is highlighted and clicked in the video (d’Oh).

    Given the current shock-and-awe post-resolution gate (xbox 720p), it seems that Microsoft’s OS for xbone isn’t done yet. Gaf has been on fire since last night about a rumour (still needs to be verified by the buttocks though) that there are serious problems with the OS – in particular xbox live/connectivity and app stability. In fact, it seems that we’re actually being saved from a launch period of epic fail.

    Inspector Detective Banana’s verdict of the video: PR doctored Bullshit!

    PS: The other problem I have is, let’s say you’re in a party, and all you hear is:

    XBOX BLAH BLAH BLAH
    XBOX BLAH BLAH BLAH
    XBOX BLAH BLAH BLAH

    I’d mute everyone faster than they can say “Hey buddy.. XBOX BLAH BLAH”. That shit will get old very quick!

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    • HvR

      October 28, 2013 at 13:03

      Detective Banana, our forensics department have detected the Titanfall E3 gameplay video as well..

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:06

        Indeed Detective HvR the wool is being pulled over our eyes! 720 times!

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        • oVg

          October 28, 2013 at 13:21

          My top 10 games are COD COD COD COD COD COD COD COD COD COD.
          I only know cross chat. XBOX 4 LIFE.

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          • oVg

            October 28, 2013 at 13:21

            LEMMINGS

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 13:42

            Only the socially-inept do not cross chat! 😛

    • Foxy

      October 28, 2013 at 13:46

      I really wish you would for once put your bias aside when commenting. A lot of people who have actually SEEN this console say that it is that fast. Yes, fact remains that it might not be, but judging by actual experiences it is.
      Has the 720p rumour been confirmed? Then stop throwing that poo around.
      Broken operating system? Not confirmed. Even so, how much worse than a day one patch to activate (fix) a few problems.
      I am glad you are not a writer for this site. Blatant bias and mud slinging based on rumours are only a call for trolls to come play.
      So you prefer Sony. Good for you, but there is no need to troll the other side because it is not your choice. If you have to voice negatives, by all means go ahead. But base it on facts.
      Your wit and time spent on this site is the only reason people do not take you on, because it means a trolling session from the community.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:56

        Burp!

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        • oVg

          October 28, 2013 at 15:45

          Bwahahahaha

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:59

        When in doubt go for a string of personal super combo attacks! Mmmm.. your tears are so salty!

        But seriously though, you need to chill bru. you’re really taking all of this personally, and if your personal well-being is tied in with a piece of plastic crap (regardless of the brand), then you seriously need to take a step back, re-evaluate your life and maybe take up something less stressful, like bonsai trees, origami or cat walking.

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        • Foxy

          October 28, 2013 at 14:26

          Here’s the thing. There were no personal attacks. Observations on your behaviour yes, but none attacking you as a person.
          BRU, I am chilled. I do not care for this console war. It just irks to see every article about one of the consoles being an invitation to troll. As I said, there will always be a place to voice concerns, but ones based on facts and not hearsay. Since you mentioned it…How exactly is your well-being connected to this? You attack, comment, troll, without invitation. As if you have a need to do it. Can you chill out? Not rant for a while? Or is this your release? That’s personal, but since you mentioned my character I will then delve into yours.
          I am chilled, and come to this site for a good read, trolling spoils that experience.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 14:30

            Are you really chilled? I don’t see any evidence of that in your post. What I am noticing is a penchant for passive aggressive baiting and then defensive ranting?

            Where did the bad Banana touch you? You can tell Dr Jim. Of course, my consulting hours cost a premium. Also, check out my latest book, Unleashing your inner Tiger Shark Ninja Warrior : Strategies to deal with Trolling!

            I assure you, it won’t be in 720p 😛

          • Foxy

            October 28, 2013 at 14:47

            He touched me on my no no place.
            Serious though dude, and I have no negative vibes here, you slash at the other side of your fence every chance you get. Fact is that the people in this community respect you and agree with you. For reasons stated above.
            When you have a bias opinion nobody will oppose. Not entirely your fault, but you should have noticed it and realised it is not welcoming to constructive debate.
            I have been a reader of this site for years now. I remember when Darryn joined. Nick’s sport reviews. Garth’s 10/10. The awesome “post your Skyrim experiences” thing. It has always been enjoyable and part of it was the community that was different. I could read and find constructive opinions, you guys are slowly turning it into a news 24-esque place.
            I am an unhappy reader, you contribute to the cause of it. That is all.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 15:01

            We create our own experiences. There’s really nothing stopping you from making an argument and countering me – it’s not that difficult, I’m definitely not a megamind- , but it’s a completely different matter if you’re saddling your frustrations onto one person.

            If you have been lurking around since Nick’s tenure, you’ll know that Lagz was even worse in the past. The PS/X360 fanboy wars were even uglier and there were times that it got toxic. The community may seem a lot more cliquey but that’s purely because of post-frequency. The more you post, the more likely someone will interact with you. It’s unfortunately how it works.

            I’m not a contributor to Lagz, and I prefer it that way, because it allows me a certain degree of freedom in what I can post and what I can chat about. Sure, people respect my opinions, but if they’re blindly following what I say without checking for themselves than there’s something horribly wrong here.

            Also News 24s funk is a function of zero-moderation and zero staff input. They’ve allowed a toxic environment to form after their articles, and they don’t seem interested in changing that.

            Lagz on the other hand, you get the staff posting here, and if someone is out of line, they get a stiff finger in the ear, or the community self-regulates. Lagz is definitely not News24 in that regard.

          • Foxy

            October 28, 2013 at 16:16

            Aggg ok, I was maybe being a bit over the top. Fact. Bias just gets to me, funny thing is I own a PS3, not Xbox. I can’t stand this whole rage on the Xbox, and those for it. Poor Deano left a rather innocent comment about the PS4 and the whole community attacked him.
            That is not welcoming to those that want to participate. The community does not allow people to take part in that aspect. We can troll Xbox, but don’t you dare touch Sony.
            After this my whole life story is clear and you know I was bullied at school.
            *Bites fist while looking down*
            I am going to find my mom.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 16:24

            Well, context is always a good thing. Deano did troll the community from day one, and it’s very difficult to break that first impression. I mean regardless of posting level-headed and thought-provoking posts or posting the odd review over the last 3 – 5 years, I suppose, in the minds of the old guard, Nick, Gav, Geoff and others, I’m still that “snotty-nosed little pseudo-intellectual troll”, who annoyed the snot out of everyone.

            First impressions are lasting, but Deano will bounce back, after all, his balls are made out of rubber.

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:30

            This wasn’t in fact a troll. It was his opinion, something we’re all entitled to. Welcome to the internet. 🙂

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 14:38

            To be fair, my reply to him is trolling. Does he deserve it? I honestly don’t know? Trolling is as much an artform as it is a weapon of mass distraction. Frankly, I think the poor kid is just in denial about the 720! And constant reminders of his chosen console being substandard or even being a dud, is hurting him personally. It’s obviously soul crushing to back a horse and then do find out that horse is actually a dirty hobo called Elmore.

            That’s why it’s best not to get intimate with inanimate objects… Love them yes, but don’t try to sleep with them. Do you hear that Foxy? Don’t try to shag your xbone720!!!

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:40

            But now he can do it in HD! Isn’t that what next-gen is all about?

            Or at least 900p. Or 720p. Wait…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 15:17

            720p IS HD on my 20-inch! 😛 I guess most people won’t be too perturbed, but the bigger the TV the blurrier it gets.

  10. Hillbillly Gamer

    October 28, 2013 at 13:40

    I am not buying the the idea that interface will be that smooth.

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  11. Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

    October 28, 2013 at 14:09

    GyUS serioussly the xbox one is this farst my dad says its becos it has secret sauce.

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    • Rincethis

      October 28, 2013 at 14:25

      Oh wow…

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    • oVg

      October 28, 2013 at 14:33

      Spur secret sauce, mmmmmm

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        October 28, 2013 at 14:35

        I don’t think that’s the secret sauce he’s eating.

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  12. trueLies

    October 28, 2013 at 14:51

    Wait till you and your friends are playing xbox and are having a hypothetical conversation about blowing up the white house….
    and one of your friends sounds arab.

    but america would never do that…

    go ask the chancellor of germany 🙂

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 28, 2013 at 15:19

      But Merkel deserved it, she’s probably Cobra Commander! 😛 hehehe! It makes you wonder what other revelations are contained in the files that Snowden handed over to the Guardian. I think it’s going to get very interesting.

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  13. Skyblue

    October 28, 2013 at 15:08

    Okay I’m calling BS on that response time. I really hope I am wrong because I will in all likelihood be picking up one eventually but I can’t see anything responding that fast. I am going to assume that everything was already running in the background (obviously) which leaves me wondering how that RAM is optimised to run the OS, Titanfall, an HD movie and Skype concurrently with only 8GB of RAM and switch that fluently between them.
    If I am wrong, FUCKING FANTASTIC!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 28, 2013 at 15:11

      What’s it 3Gb RAM dedicated to the OS? I mean I’m extremely sceptical that this is legit and not doctored or edited, but if it is how the UI operates, WOOOOOOSSHHH!!!

      Reply

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