The Worst Thing About Owning An Xbox One


Project Scorpio will be released at the end of 2017, and basically replaces the old Xbox One with something more resembling a high-end PC. We’ll see native 4K games and probably VR support. It’s arguably doubtful that the standard Xbox One will be able to struggle on after the platform is forked so hugely.

But what of the Xbox One S? It’s one of the most pointless pieces of gaming hardware ever revealed. And here’s why

Privacy

The Xbox One comes packaged with the next-generation Kinect 2.0.

This time around, the Kinect will be more versatile and accurate than the original, measuring everything from your facial expressions to your heart rate. And Microsoft would like as many games as possible to take advantage of it, whether by utilizing its voice commands or its motion detection system.

The device is a required component of the Xbox One system and you’ll need to have it on and connected at all times—always watching, and always listening, to its users. What this means for the games we play is an open question, but it certainly raises privacy concerns.

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German Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Peter Schaar, has called the always-on Kinect “a twisted nightmare.” Having your emotional data—conveyed through heart rate data, facial recognition, and so forth—recorded and stored on Microsoft’s servers does seem problematic at the very least.

Microsoft (MSFT) vice president Phil Harrison told Eurogamer that this doesn’t equate to “snooping.”

“Microsoft has very, very good policies around privacy,” he said. “We’re a leader in the world of privacy, I think you’ll find. We take it very seriously. We aren’t using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all. We listen for the word ‘Xbox on’ and then switch on the machine, but we don’t transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that.”

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In the age of Facebook and mounting privacy concerns across the tech world, a gadget monitoring your physical, corporeal being at all times is alarming whether or not Microsoft couches it all in anonymity.

Source – Forbes

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