If you didn’t believe the rumors that a new Xbox console is coming soon, then this latest piece of evidence may serve as the final confirmation that gamers will soon have a next-generation Xbox to play on. Aside from the console coming, we’ve now heard that Microsoft are upgrading their motion-sensing Kinect camera with brand new hardware which will be compatible with their next console.
This information doesn’t come from some farfetched anonymous source from a website that nobody has ever of either, as Eurogamer has published the story today, citing the information from their sources within the industry.
According to the site, Microsoft are already developing Kinect 2 and one of its biggest features will be the ability to lip read and detect when the user is angry. Microsoft’s current Kinect rig shocked the world when the company first unveiled the hands-free motion sensing device at E3 2009, but having a new and improved unit with even more pinpoint accuracy will be pretty mindblowing. Lip reading? – You cannot be serious Microsoft.
Further information we’re hearing is that Kinect 2 will be able to detect what direction the player is facing, new and improved voice recognition to detect pitches of volume and also new facial technology to pick up a variety of facial expressions that the player is using at a particular moment.
You have to agree that initially, this is all pretty impressive if it turns out to be true. We like the facial expressions feature the most, as we can’t see too many ideas on how having Kinect lip read gamers will be of any benefit in say a hardcore game for example. Xbox 360 owners have been crying out for more hardcore game support with Kinect aside from the usual party title lineup, with Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier one step in the right direction for Kinect.
How would you feel about having to pay extra for the brand new Kinect hardware for the Xbox ‘720’ though? Is it a case of new Xbox 720, new Kinect, or would you argue that Microsoft needs to make Kinect 2 backwards compatible with current Xbox 360 software by means of compensation for gamers who have only just forked out on the existing Kinect rig. Hopefully we’ll have more information on Kinect 2 to share with you, but in the meantime give us your feedback on this.