Gaming Accessory Maker Sells "Privacy Cover" For Xbox One's Kinect 2
October 28, 2013 1:00 PM
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The Xbox One won't be able to watch you if you put a cover on it
Microsoft Corp. (
) assures that
the Xbox One
will feature "robust" privacy protections. However, given
recent accusations data sharing contracts
U.S. National Security Agency
(NSA) and other
domestic spying programs
, some are fearful that the 1080p Kinect 2 sensor in the Xbox One will
be used as a "Big Brother" device
Gaming accessory maker PDP has come along and thrown fuel on that fire. While its
USD Xbox One Kinect 2 TV mount accessory's primary purpose is ostensibly allowing you to mount the Kinect on top of your flat screen TV (versus having it sit on a nearby table or stand), it also comes with a free "privacy cover" that covers "both the RGB and IR cameras".
The plastic shroud comes in black plastic and matches the part of the stand that clips onto your TV. The TV mount package will ship on December 4, a week and a half off the Friday,
Nov. 22 launch
of the Xbox One.
To its credit, Microsoft
You are in control of what Kinect can see and hear. By design, you will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup. The system will navigate you through key privacy options, like automatic or manual sign in, privacy settings, and clear notifications about how data is used. When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.
PDP's privacy cover somewhat remedies the potential spying concerns, however, it is far from complete. After all, while it blocks the Kinect 2 from "seeing" you, Kinect 2 can still
to you with its bank of microphones. It wouldn't be a surprise to see future accessories pop up that include a full-length cover that also shrouds and insulates the microphones from room noises, as well.
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RE: Kinect is not something people want.
10/29/2013 4:00:29 AM
This. We all saw what happened to the Wii--developers created shovelware & (apart from Nintendo's 1st party games) there was really not much software designed to natively work with the Wii-mote as a primary means of control in a game. An add-on like Kinect1 is only going to fare worse, since there is even LESS established userbase to capitalize on that software market.
Unless it's natively bundled with the system--and well integrated--it's just a cute accessory and nothing more. Although I have a lot of negative feelings about xbone, I'm happy that this move will likely put a boot in the developers' proverbial tuckas & we might actually get some decent 3rd-party gaming out of it...this time.
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