Xbox One Kinect can scan download codes

Xbox One's new version of Kinect will be able to scan printed or even digital download codes, which means gamers will no longer need to type in long, 15 digit codes to retrieve pre-order bonuses or DLC. Marc Witten, Corporate Vice President of Xbox confirmed the news on Twitter, following a campaign by Reddit users demanding the ability to scan in QR codes as a replacement for typing in long strings of numbers via the Xbox dashboard.

Kinect is turning into a truly integral part of the Xbox One experience. Last month, Microsoft confirmed that the console won't come with a headset for online communication, but did say that Kinect's microphone and camera features would act as a perfect substitute as they can be used for both audio and video chatting online.

Xbox One will release this November for £429 / $499. Other consoles are available.

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  • Shinn - July 7, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    I would rather save the $100 to be honest.
  • BackwaterRifle - July 2, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Two Words: USB Keyboard
  • NullG7 - July 3, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Wait people don't know that you can use those on the xbox, why would they spend any money on educating people about the uses of universal technology when you can spend it on making new technology that you have to educate people about. Also $20 says that the "improved" Kinect mic will still make you sound like you're making a cellphone call in a concrete tunnel in downtown Atlantis.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - July 2, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Gotta love Reddit.
  • mafyooz - July 2, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Does anyone else remember back in the days when cartridge based strategy and RPG type games didn't always have a battery-powered memory, and so if you wanted to stop and continue later you had to first write down, and then later re-enter, a massive great code consisting of both upper and lowercase letters, and numbers? King's Bounty on Megadrive/Genesis was a particularly fine example, it took up most of an A4 sheet, and woe betide you if you mixed up a 0 and O! Now that was a ball-ache, complaining that it's a hassle to enter a dozen or so letters to activate your Online Pass or whatever is just plain lazy, unless you have an actual medical reason to do so beyond chronic lard-arse-itis. That said, i do think there is some merit in @JarkayColt's idea about replacing discs with a scanable code in the future, providing prices drop WAAAAAAY down in accordance :)
  • JarkayColt - July 2, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Wow, that's weird, I wrote a comment the other week about how it was about time a console allowed you to scan something as a method of activation: This isn't really about people being lazy. It's more about making digital distribution easier, I think, and this might be a precursory step. Can you imagine a future where you bought games on, say, a card, and then you could access a digital version by allowing the console to read it? I really do think discs and boxes need to be phased out, and being able to buy some kind of activation ticket at a store is an option that both progresses to the digital-only future whilst keeping brick and mortar shops happy. Like I said in the other comment, some shops sell digital codes already. If they just sold games on scannable cards or tickets you could cut out a lot of gaming's 'unhealthy' parts, like excess packaging and the used games debacle. Pretty sure the price of games would have a lot of room to come down if that sort of thing happened. Yes, in terms of what this Kinect scanner proposes, I am kind of extrapolating a bit. But still.
  • JAZ9030 - July 2, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father. My new quote.
  • GOD - July 2, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    Love it. Trying to sell us on more features that aren't even things worth having. My camera on my maybe two year old phone can do the same thing with QR codes. I guess that means Kinect 2.0 is super advanced doesn't it. >_>
  • ste-ohara - July 2, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    yeah i see what you mean moving the thumbsticks left and right can be very hard for some people lol i do agree tho it is just about laziness really, but there still going to have the kinect right beside them to get the code close enough to read it,. and as for the disc swapping thing i cant actually come up with words to describe that laziness ha
  • ste-ohara - July 2, 2013 4:08 a.m.

    can someone tell me why this is such a big deal , its not that hard to type in a code, only takes about a minute. and its still going to have to be put right in front of the camera to read it anyway
  • BladedFalcon - July 2, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    One word: Laziness. I know it's not at all a big deal, put such a code two days ago myself and didn't have a problem doing it. But there's a lot of people out there (specially in the US... Yes, don't fucking give me that look.) that the less effort they have to put into things, no matter how superficial or insignificant, the better. I mean, I know there was at least one commenter in this site in which "not having to swap discs anymore" was a system selling feature for him, apparently :P
  • ParagonT - July 2, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    I don't think there's a "specially" in laziness, its a world wide thing. Besides, thats a pretty far stretching generalization fueled by stereotypes and politics. I know some Americans are lazy, that I have no doubt, but other countries are not above it or lower in their ratios especially in something so ambiguous. I have no doubt American hate is prominent in many other countries; some for good reasons, others not. But I would have thought you would be beyond such bigotry. That's like me saying Hispanics are cowards. Because how in the world are you suppose to test that? Or know that? Besides saying "I know of people." or "I read an article." which is micro-level perception and not factual. ------- Besides that, yeah, It's an okay feature. Many people question why to have it, but I say "Why not"? It's better than not having it, although insignificant it is.
  • BladedFalcon - July 2, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Hey, no need to get all defensive. where in all my post did I tag laziness as bad or terrible thing such that I would come off as an America hater? As someone that is going to attempt to live in the U.S. AAD that is unashamedly lazy, i'd be kind of hypocritical if I considered that such a bad thing, don't you think? Secondly, yes laziness is everywhere and in everyone, (again, I am proof :P) but you can't deny that as a civilization reaches stability and a cusp of technology, and lot of their inventions tend to have less and less a practical convenience effect for important stuff, and more geared towards making every day life more convenient... And also to create stuff to simplify stuff that wasn't that complicated to begin with :P As the country responsible for the creation of the Beer helmet and the snuggie, i dare you to call me wrong on that :P And, if you want to look it in another way. What i said basically ammouts to "Your country is so advanced and stable that you've reached the natural point in which you become more indulgent and lazy" There, happy now?
  • Leemundo - July 2, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    I don't think anyone can labelled lazy, it's a matter of convenience. It's a bonus feature that makes life easier, who could complain about that? It's not a big deal, but it's great that it is now. I'm sure you could have hand written a reply, went to the shop, bought a stamp, found the nearest postal service and posted your letter to Games Radar, but you thought, nah, I'll just tap my response on my iPad as I take a dump. As I am.
  • BladedFalcon - July 2, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    "Convenience" is often times very much replacable with the word "Lazy" :P But as i said to the above commenter, I never really said that laziness was a "BAD" thing, considering that i myself am very much a lazy as fuck person XD That being said, regarding what you said, i think there is a "teensy" bit of a diference between the progress of sending a phyisical letter to posting online, (both in terms of technology and just how much more time and effort consuming one activity was one compared to the other) against the process of typing only once a 12 letter code that is applied immediately, to having a camera scan the code and make the process just a few seconds shorter...
  • shawksta - July 2, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    TECHNOLOGY Making everyone Lazier than ever and there's nothing we can do about it :P
  • brickman409 - July 2, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    not only that, but people can no longer "steal" codes from you anymore. There's people out there who spend all day just randomly typing in codes hoping to get free stuff. It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes they get lucky and get something good. It screws over those who actually bought the code. It's really terrible when you buy a year of xbox live, only to find out that someone else already guessed the code, screwing you out of $60. This will no longer happen with a barcode like system.
  • BladedFalcon - July 2, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Did that really happen more that once or twice though? I can't see that happening even once in say, 10,000 codes. And well, sure, that's and advantage, the trade-off is that you have a mandatory kinect... I'd rather have the choice of having it or not. Because as it stands, MS so far has shown any zero actual proof of why i'd want to have Kinect 2.0 forced on me.
  • brickman409 - July 2, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    true, the tacked on kinect is lame. It has it's benefits though.
  • Doctalen - July 2, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    Coming from an American (yaay stereotypes) who considers himself lazy (there's another! Its a conspiracy!) I believe you have made benefit plural when it should be singular. So far this is the first slightly useful feature the Kinetic has offered.

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