At the Eurogamer Expo in London, Microsoft’s Phil Harrison revealed that Kinect 2.0, which ships with the company’s next-gen home console Xbox One, can detect two people talking at once and understand them too. Clearly, it already is more capable than human beings.
Harrison did not give any examples of how this could be useful in terms of controlling the console, or how it could benefit gaming or experiencing media content. But we can already see it benefiting multiplayer gaming, especially split-screen co-op games where two players can issue separate commands for their respective characters.
The more we know about Kinect 2.0, the more impressive it sounds. The device can already do number of technically marvelous stuff, such as detect 6 people at once, track fingers and thumbs, know when the user is talking, or even read heart rates by some sort of IR wizardry.
Kinect 2.0 will come packaged with every Xbox One unit when it releases on November 22 in USA for $499. The console will release sometime next year in the Middle East.
At this rate, I am half-expecting Microsoft to announce that Kinect is already capable of doing household chores, and runs on its own OS called SkyNet.
Via, The Verge.