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Kinect 2.0 to Serve as ‘Visual DRM’? – May be, May be Not


Love Kinect? Hate Kinect? Doesn’t matter! You are going to live with it if you intend on playing your Xbox One. Microsoft has promised to improve Kinect as they will improve the next-gen of Xbox. Supposedly, Kinect 2.0 will be more responsive, work flawlessly even in the low-light conditions and will recognize you more than ever!

And if Microsoft’s putting all their efforts in improving Kinect more than ever, then it must not come as a surprise that this will be an important part of Xbox One. I think if Kinect 2.0 is integrated that well with Xbox One, then there is a possibility that it will bring about the concept of ‘Visual DRM’.

Microsoft is involving Kinect 2.0 so much into Xbox One business that it may also check the claims made by users. Look at it this way, if you go and get a game on lease and claim that you will only use it for single viewing, Kinect 2.0 will make sure you do that!

And if by any means you use that game for multiple viewing, there will be playback restrictions imposed by Kinect until you get yourself a new license. So it won’t be wrong to say that Kinect will also work as a ‘License Checker‘ for Microsoft.

Although Microsoft has signed this patent, they are still not sure to actually put this into work with Xbox One as a Microsoft’s spokesperson told MCV. What he said is, “not all patents applied for or received will be incorporated into a Microsoft product.”

Microsoft has already got itself into a lot of trouble regarding used games so they are probably trying to evade as much hatred as they could with the help of statements like above.

But there are obviously a few other ways the new Kinect will work, for example, Activision’s Eric Hirshberg announced that Kinect will play an integral role in Call of Duty: Ghosts. In what ways? We still don’t have any idea but what Hirshberg did say that voice commands would be included in the next installment of Call of Duty.

Hopefully this year’s E3 is going to answer all our queries regarding Kinect and used games. Can’t wait!

How do you feel about Kinect 2.0 working as a visual DRM and COD: Ghosts incorporating Kinect as an important part? Do let us know in the comment section below!