Would you like to know what irritates me most about my Xbox 360? It’s the bloody 15 digit code system they use for redeeming additional Microsoft Points or getting avatar items. It feels so inconvenient to try and type a 15 digit code in using a normal control pad, and that irks me to no end whenever I have to use it.
That problem is going to be a thing of the past by the looks of things, as the new Kinect 2.0 that is part of the Xbox One will be able to scan the codes without you having to type them in. The camera should have the propensity to scan a printed code, or even a digital one displayed on a smartphone. If the system works as predicted, then gone are the days of manually typing in those codes, and here are the days of increasingly user-friendly features.
Marc Witten, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox, confirmed this news via Twitter yesterday, reaching out to the Reddit users that campaigned for this. Reddit users banded together to get support for a movement to convince Microsoft to introduce QR codes to replace the current system of typing in strings of numbers, and it seems that Microsoft are still paying close attention to user feedback.
With this latest news, it goes to show just how much Microsoft want people to use the new Kinect system as an integral part of their gaming system. Even if you’re not using it for gaming, there’s plenty of things you can do with it just for making using your console easier and thus improving the experience for you, the gamer. The addition of the Kinect camera does drive the price of the console up, but it also provides many more benefits, some of which we’re still only just learning about. Whether or not these additional benefits will help to swing things in Microsoft’s favour in the coming console war still remains to be seen though.