Xbox One Kinect to read QR codes

The Xbox One Kinect can scan QR codes, according to Microsoft, removing the chore of inputting long codes for extra content.

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We've all gotten new games and had to go through the tedious chore of entering a handful of codes for everything from online passes to bonus content. The Xbox One will apparently ease that step, by using Kinect to read QR codes.

It started with a Reddit thread, stating that if the Xbox One was going to require Kinect, it should be able to scan the codes to ease the process. Xbox vice president Marc Whitten subsequently tweeted in reply: "To my reddit friends--yup--this works!"

Obviously, that necessitates publishers actually putting QR codes on their packaging. But assuming they do, it should be a bit easier to jump into new games on Xbox One. Some Kinect games on the Xbox 360, like Dragonball Z, allowed for scanning QR codes, but since Kinect is packed into Xbox One, all games could use the functionality. PlayStation 4 Eye could conceivably offer the feature too, but it's sold separately.

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    July 2, 2013 8:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox One Kinect to read QR codes.

    The Xbox One Kinect can scan QR codes, according to Microsoft, removing the chore of inputting long codes for extra content.

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      July 2, 2013 8:12 AM

      that's actually quite cool

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      July 2, 2013 8:14 AM

      this makes sense if every XBONE has a kinect, you just hold your QR code up to the camera and bam, CD Key or DLC code entered. that's a nice touch.

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        July 2, 2013 8:39 AM

        Kinect 1.0 could do this somewhat (Kinectimals made use of it). Hopefully it's less picky with the 2.0 hardware.

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          July 2, 2013 8:48 AM

          i wonder how far you can be to scan the code since the next gen kinect has a higher resolution camera. kinect 1.0 required you to be really close to it

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            July 2, 2013 8:57 AM

            Yea, it was really temperamental with the 1.0 Kinect.

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      July 2, 2013 8:40 AM

      Finally a use for QR codes.

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      July 2, 2013 8:42 AM

      also any type of text entry should be able to be voice dictated at this point.

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      July 2, 2013 8:52 AM

      I was all ready to make a joke but reading past the headline that actually would be useful.

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      July 2, 2013 8:57 AM

      cool addition, wont use Kinect much but looking forward to see what they'll add to enhance my experience in gaming and UI

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      July 2, 2013 7:40 PM

      Awesomeness!

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