After weeks of rumor and speculation, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be holding an event on Tuesday, May 21st at 10am PST to unveil its next-generation Xbox, commonly referred to as Durango or Xbox 720. The event will take place at the company's Redmond, Washington campus.
Microsoft's next-generation console may not only feature improved motion detection with Kinect, it may be capable of intelligently understanding your voice as well. According to anew report from The Verge, the next Xbox will feature "Siri-like" speech recognition, allowing users to power on the console by simply saying "Xbox on" or pull up their friends list by asking "what are my friends playing?". While the Xbox 360 and current iteration of the Kinect offers some degree of voice interaction, like issuing commands to launch certain apps, the new console will seemingly be capable of interpreting more natural phrases and produce more specific results. What's more, the system will also respond to users with answers to their queries with some form of automated voice, the site's sources say
The expanded voice-recognition system will also reportedly work alongside the visual-detection of the Kinect to yield user-specific data, for example, suggesting certain multiplayer games when a player comes into view.
The rumor seems to fall in line with reports last year, which included a Microsoft job listingfor the next-generation of Kinect, focused on developing on the "future of user input." The news also follows reports earlier this week that the Xbox 720 would require a constant connection to the internet to be used.
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