Coming from the pixelated gaming of the original Atari…advancements in technology now allow us to log in and play while chatting with people from all over the world in shockingly real 3d imagery. Parents today also complain about not being able to get their pubescent kids or even their significant others to plug themselves out of the Matrix(Videogames). Microsoft has taken it one step further allowing 24/7 accessibility to the dreaded blackbox(console) with it’s new voice activated capability of simply saying the word “Xbox on” which would activate the console to engage. Now although this sounds pretty cool, understand that the Xbox would have to listen to EVERY SINGLE word you are saying just incase you tell it to turn on.
Another strange constant is the new Xbox one will have the Kinect(a device that captures motion and sound) bundled into one, and it’s camera and mic will always be on by default. Infact, Xbox One will actually refuse to work if the Kinect is not connected and its camera and mic will work even when the console is turned off. Even if the Xbox One provides the option of turning off the camera and mic of the console, history shows that these options could easily be overridden remotely by any organization or creep with some technological capability.
These uncalled for capabilities are enough to lift some eyebrows. Similar to sites like facebook that can track your every move on the worldwide web to feed personal data about your whereabouts to third parties, the new Xbox One which needs internet connectivity to work will also be capable of recording your every move, reaction rates, etc. There are also talks of charging Pay-per-view movies PER PERSON in the room. (WHAT!)
I’m not much of a gamer and whiIe I am sure there will be other great features to the new Xbox One including stunning new 3D graphics… this privacy breach leaves me and my wallet pretty uneasy to purchase one. What do you think?