Xbox One Kinect can understand two voices at once

Xbox One's Kinect will be able to distinguish between two different voices in a room and detect mouth movement, even if you're in a dark room.


Xbox One includes an upgraded Kinect sensor that can not only recognize your face, but your voice as well. In fact, the new Kinect will be able to understand even when two people are speaking simultaneously. "We are focused on ensuring that we have great voice support which includes understanding which person is speaking in the room," Microsoft's Marc Whitten explained.

It seems likely that voice recognition is being paired with video information from the camera, as Polygon points out that Kinect can identify when people's mouths are moving--even when in a dark room.

Of course, what do you do if your friend is trying to grief you? Well, those audio commands will require a further confirmation, as in the case of "Xbox Off," Whitten explained.

If you don't want to deal with Kinect at all, however, Microsoft does remind gamers that it can be turned off. "You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information," Whitten told IGN. However, you have the option of having Kinect turn on automatically by playing a Kinect-required game. "If you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you'll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue." This is perhaps the best option for gamers that don't want Kinect to be on--but want to still play games with it.

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    October 1, 2013 10:10 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Xbox One Kinect can understand two voices at once.

    Xbox One's Kinect will be able to distinguish between two different voices in a room and detect mouth movement, even if you're in a dark room.

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      October 1, 2013 11:03 PM

      curious if this will be useful for more than just helping to recognize voice commands in a crowded environment

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        October 2, 2013 12:32 AM

        it will be hilarious when mom says 'off' son says 'on'.

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        October 2, 2013 12:38 AM

        Well the tech demo on stage at E3 I saw the Kinect can tell when you're looking at the TV or not so that could factor in to when it will pay attention to your commands I'm sure.

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        October 2, 2013 12:48 AM

        It's so the NSA can listen better

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        October 2, 2013 6:43 AM

        If it can be used to sell advertising, then yes.

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      October 2, 2013 1:24 AM

      Hmmm, this got me thinking, has there ever been any software that can lip read people from video footage? That'll be interesting and scary...

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      October 2, 2013 5:34 AM


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      October 2, 2013 5:35 AM

      Xbox, open the pod bay doors.

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        October 2, 2013 6:17 AM

        I'm sorry Rehevkor, I'm afraid I can't do that.

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      October 2, 2013 5:55 AM

      That's good she you are doing two girls at one time.

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      October 2, 2013 6:28 AM

      Did they fix the ability to understand one voice yet?

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