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Reports says Microsoft's home entertainment push is stronger than ever

A pair of reports on Microsoft's next Xbox sheds some light on why the console may require an always-online internet connection: the console is being developed to overlay existing televisions and cable set-top boxes to provide a Microsoft-driven multimedia experience. According to The Verge, the console will accept a cable box signal through HDMI, allowing the new Xbox to add features to your normal TV experience. The Verge report likens the features to the Google TV service built into some televisions. The service will go beyond Google's offering through Microsoft's partnerships with content providers.

The all-new Kinect will also be a part of Microsoft's television focus. The Verge says that the next Kinect can not only detect multiple users simultaneously, but it can also detect eye movement. The example case has the Xbox pausing video content when the Kinect detects the user looking away from the TV screen.

An additional report from Kotaku's internet sleuth Superannuation shows Microsoft's acquisition of developer VideoSurf and the creation of a Video Cognition team within Xbox Live in 2011. The VideoSurf mobile application had users pointing their smartphone cameras at the television to analyze the content and provide additional information and content suggestions. A profile of the Video Cognition team on Microsoft's Careers website could give a hint at the scope of the next Xbox's TV watching experience.

"As we enter the era of Natural User Interface (NUI) with full interaction for TV and computers, our aim is to streamline the way viewers search, consume, and share content, minimizing the time spent searching for programs, while maximizing the viewing and sharing capacities," said the Video Cognition team's senior software development engineer lead Eran Borenstein.

"As the Video Cognition team, we're excited to marry our capabilities with Xbox Live and drive even more innovation and value," said VideoSurf founder and Video Cognition leader Dr. Eitan Sharon.

Both reports point to a Microsoft that's looking to not only control your gaming experience, but your television experience as well.
Source: GamesIndustry

I'm not sure I like the idea of this. Do I really want a console adding 'extras' to my viewing experience? As for controlling what you watch by detecting eye movement from multiple users, that could be interesting, changing channels or pausing because of blinking too many times?! Saw a friend's camera at the weekend that detected blinks and prevented you taking a picture when it saw this. Needless to say we (well, Halo actually ;) ) had fun with this feature and no group photos were taken... :lol:
 

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Interesting stuff that shows what Microsoft truly excel at, some good innovation there.

I'm not sure I like the idea of it pausing if you look away, but i'm sure that's more of a showcase/concept than something that would actually be implemented and certainly wouldn't be forced implementation.

To me it looks like Sony is playing it safe, going for the "stock" interfaces of controller with motions controls and a dual camera system, PC is as ever going to be pure performance with no innovation and Microsoft look to be going fully into the innovation route...which may not pay off all that well for them, but on the other hand look at how well the Wii did with casual gamers (i.e. console sales, not games sales) just because of a badly implemented motion detection system!
 
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