New Xbox 360 Dashboard "Twist Control" Announced
Posted on Friday, August 19 @ 13:44:13 PST by Nicholas TanMicrosoft has announced Twist Control, the new Xbox 360 dashboard due this Christmas, at a Gamescom demonstration by Robin Burrowes, an Xbox Live product marketing manager. The tagline? "All the entertainment you want, with the people you care about, made easy…"
The concept is to blend voice control and content together—that is, pushing the Kinect as hard as they can—by allowing user to say, for example, "Xbox Bing BioWare" and have the system automatically search for all video game-related material on BioWare. My only concern here is that speech recognition is still rather primitive, and requires the room to be fairly silent so that the device can hear you and your syllables as clearly as possible.
The video above shows examples with "Xbox Bing Halo" and "Xbox Bing Batman", but hopefully, it can recognize search terms that are longer than two syllables, all while having enough words in its databank to recognize your words in the first place.
That's been a little bit of a barrier. The core community have been saying to us, 'I'm doing this one activity but I really want to play Call of Duty with my mates when I've got four or five of them online at the same time.' People are still text messaging each other and sending messages on other platforms. This is an easier way to do it.Also, just so you don't forget, Facebook posting for Achievements is allowed, the Xbox Live Party environments will look sleeker, and cloud save storage (thank goodness) will be available hopefully at launch.
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