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2013-11-20 05:21:10 PM
I prefer plugging an Xbox One into itself

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Now it's an Xbox Infinity!
 
2013-11-20 06:13:37 PM

scottydoesntknow: I prefer plugging an Xbox One into itself

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Now it's an Xbox Infinity!


"Xbox. Divide by zero."
 
2013-11-20 06:19:59 PM
Jesus christ the interface transition times and load times are slow as dog shiat.
 
2013-11-20 06:29:57 PM
I imagine it would be like dealing with Siri/Android equivalent.
 
2013-11-20 06:31:14 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Intewesting...
 
2013-11-20 06:33:43 PM
Isn't voice control one of the major selling points for this thing?  "Less than perfect" shouldn't be acceptable.
 
2013-11-20 06:34:18 PM
Watching the video, yep, seems about as useful. Even less so, if it is always listening. I can image having it on during a party playing music, and someone is talking about it, and says "how do you turn your xbox off?", and the whole thing either dies, or some Pee-Wee Herman word-of-the-day bullshiat starts to happen. Actually, that last part would be pretty cool.

I'm more interested in hand signals/touchless interface than voice commands. Probably easier to program for than making something that has to be trained to recognize vocal tones, pronunciation/enunciation and projection of one of 6 billion voices.
 
2013-11-20 06:34:45 PM

The Ocho: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 765x700]

Intewesting...


"Xbox, pway Wegends of the Faw"
 
2013-11-20 06:40:39 PM

RoxtarRyan: Watching the video, yep, seems about as useful. Even less so, if it is always listening. I can image having it on during a party playing music, and someone is talking about it, and says "how do you turn your xbox off?", and the whole thing either dies, or some Pee-Wee Herman word-of-the-day bullshiat starts to happen. Actually, that last part would be pretty cool.

I'm more interested in hand signals/touchless interface than voice commands. Probably easier to program for than making something that has to be trained to recognize vocal tones, pronunciation/enunciation and projection of one of 6 billion voices.


this is why i'm going ps4 instead of xbox this time. i don't need the Greatest Gadget in the World with Kung Fu TV grip. I just want to play vidya games.
 
2013-11-20 06:46:23 PM

Tax Boy: RoxtarRyan: Watching the video, yep, seems about as useful. Even less so, if it is always listening. I can image having it on during a party playing music, and someone is talking about it, and says "how do you turn your xbox off?", and the whole thing either dies, or some Pee-Wee Herman word-of-the-day bullshiat starts to happen. Actually, that last part would be pretty cool.

I'm more interested in hand signals/touchless interface than voice commands. Probably easier to program for than making something that has to be trained to recognize vocal tones, pronunciation/enunciation and projection of one of 6 billion voices.

this is why i'm going ps4 instead of xbox this time. i don't need the Greatest Gadget in the World with Kung Fu TV grip. I just want to play vidya games.


Someone brought up a similar point

What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...
 
2013-11-20 06:50:25 PM
I am reminded of this: Hilarious Voice Recognition video. Heaven forbid you have an accent if an American is having so much trouble.
 
2013-11-20 06:50:29 PM

styckx: What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...


I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.
 
2013-11-20 06:56:02 PM

RoxtarRyan: Watching the video, yep, seems about as useful. Even less so, if it is always listening. I can image having it on during a party playing music, and someone is talking about it, and says "how do you turn your xbox off?", and the whole thing either dies, or some Pee-Wee Herman word-of-the-day bullshiat starts to happen. Actually, that last part would be pretty cool.

I'm more interested in hand signals/touchless interface than voice commands. Probably easier to program for than making something that has to be trained to recognize vocal tones, pronunciation/enunciation and projection of one of 6 billion voices.


You can say "xbox stop listening"
 
2013-11-20 06:57:37 PM

RoxtarRyan: I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.


I still laugh when I think about those poor bastards that were watching the XBox One launch video on their 360s.
 
2013-11-20 06:58:38 PM

pedobearapproved: You can say "xbox stop listening"


Or just turn it off.

/wipe hands on pants
//walk away
 
2013-11-20 06:59:29 PM
So repeating your command three times for each time you want it to do something is easier than using the controller?

I don't think so.
 
rpm
2013-11-20 06:59:59 PM

styckx: What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...


Another similar thing I've seen mentioned is that if you have the TV on and say "Xbox On", off goes the TV, it's just a toggle.

Everything I've seen says the One uses an IR blaster. How the heck does this work when you have it in an entertainment center and there's no direct line of site to everything?
 
2013-11-20 07:00:04 PM

IrateShadow: RoxtarRyan: I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

I still laugh when I think about those poor bastards that were watching the XBox One launch video on their 360s.


Ha! That's awesome.
 
2013-11-20 07:00:38 PM

RoxtarRyan: styckx: What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...

I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.


I'd love to see Kinect voice command versus a porn movie.
 
2013-11-20 07:01:18 PM

RoxtarRyan: pedobearapproved: You can say "xbox stop listening"

Or just turn it off.

/wipe hands on pants
//walk away


Or you can go into your bunker, cover your ears and rock back and forth as technology gets to be too much for you.
 
2013-11-20 07:01:45 PM

IrateShadow: RoxtarRyan: I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

I still laugh when I think about those poor bastards that were watching the XBox One launch video on their 360s.


Hmmmm

Playing an online game against an asshole.  Start giving his xbox commands.
 
2013-11-20 07:04:30 PM

pedobearapproved: RoxtarRyan: pedobearapproved: You can say "xbox stop listening"

Or just turn it off.

/wipe hands on pants
//walk away

Or you can go into your bunker, cover your ears and rock back and forth as technology gets to be too much for you.


Problem with your method, is that the kinect starts listening when it hears the voice command to start listening. Do you see the problem here? No?


...didn't think so.
 
2013-11-20 07:05:16 PM

BizarreMan: IrateShadow: RoxtarRyan: I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

I still laugh when I think about those poor bastards that were watching the XBox One launch video on their 360s.

Hmmmm

Playing an online game against an asshole.  Start giving his xbox commands.


Maybe a show like Community could do something to fark with people.

"Abed, can you please turn that XBOX. OFF."
 
2013-11-20 07:07:11 PM
I yell at my TV enough as it is,  I don't see why this is being touted as a good feature.
 
2013-11-20 07:11:00 PM
rpm : Everything I've seen says the One uses an IR blaster.

An IR blaster is just a long cord with an emitter on one end and a plug on the other.

IE, you run a wire from one device to the other, you don't need direct LOS

// cdn.panasonic.com

// used one with the Tivo Series 2 (where it had to control the cable box)
 
2013-11-20 07:14:14 PM
"Xbox, record pictures of my junk through my jeans with your infrared camera as I bounce around for a kinect game."
 
2013-11-20 07:20:50 PM

RoxtarRyan: pedobearapproved: RoxtarRyan: pedobearapproved: You can say "xbox stop listening"

Or just turn it off.

/wipe hands on pants
//walk away

Or you can go into your bunker, cover your ears and rock back and forth as technology gets to be too much for you.

Problem with your method, is that the kinect starts listening when it hears the voice command to start listening. Do you see the problem here? No?


...didn't think so.


It starts listening again when issued a direct command...well actually that sounds like a great idea. But then again I don't usually have a bunch of people over that are unintentionally shouting out Xbox commands, so maybe your house is different than mine.
 
2013-11-20 07:22:41 PM
this is why i'm going ps4 instead of xbox this time. i don't need the Greatest Gadget in the World with Kung Fu TV grip. I just want to play vidya games.

why bother upgrading at at all? think of all the poor Best Koreans who are starving
 
2013-11-20 07:24:31 PM
Xbox, Do a Barrel Roll
 
2013-11-20 07:26:42 PM

pedobearapproved: It starts listening again when issued a direct command...well actually that sounds like a great idea. But then again I don't usually have a bunch of people over that are unintentionally shouting out Xbox commands, so maybe your house is different than mine.


Seeing how well the thing responds even to movies being played in the background that have audio that sounds like commands (though clearly aren't), and that it doesn't even respond to commands given directly to it, that functionality is a POS that you appear to know little about.
 
2013-11-20 07:39:12 PM
"Xbox.  Touch me in a bad place."
 
2013-11-20 07:42:41 PM

RoxtarRyan: I imagine it would be like dealing with Siri/Android equivalent.


Don't know about Siri, but Android seems to work well enough. Now that the Nexus 5 and the Moto X has always listening (but for the Nexus, only on home screen and Now cards) it's pretty smooth on a lot of queries.
 
2013-11-20 07:44:18 PM
I think Microsoft has been on top long enough, they're stagnating. I hope the XBox One fails miserably. Red lights of death, smoke, burning people's houses down, whatever it takes. I wish Nintendo would make a good console again but I guess their SNES days are over so I'll settle for letting Sony have the crown this round. A Dreamcast 2 could be nice though.
 
2013-11-20 07:46:41 PM

Hand Banana: A Dreamcast 2 could be nice though.


Dunno about that... Sega seems to be making a nice bit of change through developing for other consoles. No more R&D into their own hardware, maintenance and QA, instead making phone apps and releases for Steam, 360 and PS3.
 
2013-11-20 07:48:01 PM
E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: why bother upgrading at at all?

Now that the next generation is here, and there's not really any BC to speak of.

I'm thinking ... fire sale on all of the PS3 and 360 games that I haven't bought yet (and won't have time to play if I do buy them, so I can just stick them somewhere on the stack of games that I'm going to play ... sometime ... eventually).

// almost done with all of the fallout 3 DLC

// then onward to skyrim, the last of us, and maybe catch up on the ratchet & clank series.

//
 
2013-11-20 07:52:33 PM

RoxtarRyan: pedobearapproved: It starts listening again when issued a direct command...well actually that sounds like a great idea. But then again I don't usually have a bunch of people over that are unintentionally shouting out Xbox commands, so maybe your house is different than mine.

Seeing how well the thing responds even to movies being played in the background that have audio that sounds like commands (though clearly aren't), and that it doesn't even respond to commands given directly to it, that functionality is a POS that you appear to know little about.


<citation needed.jpg>
You do know that this is a whole new system that hasn't come out right? Also I'm entertained that you can say "it won't work when he's directly addressing it" and then in the same sentence say "it'll react to anything that even sounds like a command" with a straight face.

/"grumpy sony fanboy posts on forum about system he won't buy." my next submission to fark.
 
2013-11-20 08:11:54 PM

Hand Banana: I think Microsoft has been on top long enough, they're stagnating. I hope the XBox One fails miserably. Red lights of death, smoke, burning people's houses down, whatever it takes. I wish Nintendo would make a good console again but I guess their SNES days are over so I'll settle for letting Sony have the crown this round. A Dreamcast 2 could be nice though.


You and RoxtarRyan should date. Your first date can be surfing the web for negative video reviews about Xbox One.
 
2013-11-20 08:14:37 PM
Not that it is XBox's fault, but if you have to manually turn off your Panasonic TV's menu every time you start the xbox, you kind of lose the point of voice control.
 
2013-11-20 08:24:47 PM
I had a better experience with the 360 than the PS3, and I have never liked sony's controllers. So I am leaning towards the the Xbox. But I probably won't be picking up one (or a PS4 if I go that route) any time soon, so they'll have time to polish up their UI and features.

As I get older I think an all in 1 featured box like the Xbox is more important to me, and any crossplatform games will be bought on PC, because modding makes everything better.
 
2013-11-20 08:29:30 PM

scottydoesntknow: BizarreMan: IrateShadow: RoxtarRyan: I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

I still laugh when I think about those poor bastards that were watching the XBox One launch video on their 360s.

Hmmmm

Playing an online game against an asshole.  Start giving his xbox commands.

Maybe a show like Community could do something to fark with people.

"Abed, can you please turn that XBOX. OFF."


The last thing Community needs is to the tv off of the handful of people left watching it.

//community fan
 
2013-11-20 08:36:29 PM

IrateShadow: RoxtarRyan: I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

I still laugh when I think about those poor bastards that were watching the XBox One launch video on their 360s.


Old problem.
dilbert.com

I need to configure Dragon to understand me with an angry voice. Practice for Fox News.
 
2013-11-20 09:18:36 PM

pedobearapproved: Also I'm entertained that you can say "it won't work when he's directly addressing it" and then in the same sentence say "it'll react to anything that even sounds like a command" with a straight face.

/"grumpy sony fanboy posts on forum about system he won't buy." my next submission to fark.


I've got a 360 w/Kinect and he's right about that part, at least as far as current Kinect experience goes.  It picks up the oddest things as commands, but often doesn't respond when you're actually trying to give it commands.  Just because it doesn't make sense doesn't mean it isn't true.
 
2013-11-20 09:35:49 PM
Ya know, it's always really interesting to read the fark comments before you read TFA.
 
2013-11-20 09:41:22 PM

RoxtarRyan: styckx: What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...

I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.


it was awesome for the most part, yelling at the TV became quite convenient.  not having to flip the controller back on to wander to the kitchen for another drink or a run to the bathroom was space age shiat for me.  getting up and saying 'xbox pause' while rocking netflix marathons was like neo matrix shiat.  but HBO GO and some other streaming formats really farked with the thing.  randomly it would start rewinding or fast forwarding because i was watching movies loud as hell.  ive had it unplugged for awhile now.  it works amazing on premise, but the fact that it cant negate the audio coming from ITSELF and distinguish from other sound made it more of a pain in the ass than it was worth.  watching something like breaking bad with the surround way up and yelling XBOX PAUSE! five times before it figured it out was just...
the tech is amazing, but needs some work.  in a quiet setting it is probably the best voice recognition software out there.
FOR FARKS SAKE XBOX PAUSE!
 
2013-11-20 10:04:15 PM
I just realized how Windows 8 could be even worse.  "Windows 8, swipe right.  Windows 8, pinch.  No, not that much.  Windows 8, not that much.  Windows 8, unpinch.  Windows 8, charms bar.   Windows 8, Start Menu. Windows 8, Angry Birds."

Someone at Microsoft is working on this, I just know it.
 
2013-11-20 10:10:51 PM

Markoff_Cheney: RoxtarRyan: styckx: What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...

I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

it was awesome for the most part, yelling at the TV became quite convenient.  not having to flip the controller back on to wander to the kitchen for another drink or a run to the bathroom was space age shiat for me.  getting up and saying 'xbox pause' while rocking netflix marathons was like neo matrix shiat.  but HBO GO and some other streaming formats really farked with the thing.  randomly it would start rewinding or fast forwarding because i was watching movies loud as hell.  ive had it unplugged for awhile now.  it works amazing on premise, but the fact that it cant negate the audio coming from ITSELF and distinguish from other sound made it more of a pain in the ass than it was worth.  watching something like breaking bad with the surround way up and yelling XBOX PAUSE! five times before it figured it out was just...
the tech is amazing, but needs some work.  in a quiet setting it is probably the best voice recognition software out there.
FOR FARKS SAKE XBOX PAUSE!


My biggest problem is that whenever I say "f♥ck" in the living room it mistakes it for "xbox" and opens the voice command prompt. It has made for some awkward makeout sessions while watching a movie.
 
2013-11-20 10:33:38 PM

ZeroCorpse: Markoff_Cheney: RoxtarRyan: styckx: What if your friend is about to beat a certain level and just as he is someone in the room says "Xbox play Assassins Creed".. There is no dialog like "Are you sure you want to play Assassins Cred".. It just farking does it...

I'm sure many will end up just disabling the voice command feature. I've had mine turned off for years now, since it seems to respond to lines spoken in movies I'm playing on Netflix.

it was awesome for the most part, yelling at the TV became quite convenient.  not having to flip the controller back on to wander to the kitchen for another drink or a run to the bathroom was space age shiat for me.  getting up and saying 'xbox pause' while rocking netflix marathons was like neo matrix shiat.  but HBO GO and some other streaming formats really farked with the thing.  randomly it would start rewinding or fast forwarding because i was watching movies loud as hell.  ive had it unplugged for awhile now.  it works amazing on premise, but the fact that it cant negate the audio coming from ITSELF and distinguish from other sound made it more of a pain in the ass than it was worth.  watching something like breaking bad with the surround way up and yelling XBOX PAUSE! five times before it figured it out was just...
the tech is amazing, but needs some work.  in a quiet setting it is probably the best voice recognition software out there.
FOR FARKS SAKE XBOX PAUSE!

My biggest problem is that whenever I say "f♥ck" in the living room it mistakes it for "xbox" and opens the voice command prompt. It has made for some awkward makeout sessions while watching a movie.


it always did weird shiat when i screamed 'ahm gonna tongue punch your fart box you stupid slut'.
home menu every time.
 
2013-11-20 10:49:29 PM

mooseyfate: pedobearapproved: Also I'm entertained that you can say "it won't work when he's directly addressing it" and then in the same sentence say "it'll react to anything that even sounds like a command" with a straight face.

/"grumpy sony fanboy posts on forum about system he won't buy." my next submission to fark.

I've got a 360 w/Kinect and he's right about that part, at least as far as current Kinect experience goes.  It picks up the oddest things as commands, but often doesn't respond when you're actually trying to give it commands.  Just because it doesn't make sense doesn't mean it isn't true.


Oh, I have the same problem with my 360. I have this feeling they've probably corrected it considering that not one of the reviews I've seen has mentioned it, and I would consider it a major drawback of the 360s Kinect.

I just don't get why people feel the need to post negative speculation about a thing they aren't even considering buying.

/I saw a video review posted last night where the guy was talking to the Xbox One like he was having a conversation with a Furby in the early days when people thought you could teach it which words to say. Then concluded because of that the new Kinect "sucked."
//biggest idiot or giant troll
 
2013-11-20 10:58:18 PM

rpm: How the heck does this work when you have it in an entertainment center and there's no direct line of site to everything?


One of the reviews I read pointed out it had a port to plug in a wired IR extender.  So you run the attachment inside the cabinet and back to the xBox.
 
2013-11-20 11:01:30 PM
Would have loved to be the pig in the sty during the markerting budget meeting at MS determining the appropriate amount of advertising on Comedy Central Wednesday.

Too much to have the stars of the show do a series of Xbox commercials? F-it, throw money at it.
 
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