Wow, I really like MS and was hoping that the One would knock it out of the park and make me want to buy it....... Yeah, not likely going to happen at this rate.
It just keeps getting worse for MS and the bad part is they could fix most of this by being honest and open about what they are planning, the fact that they are being tight lipped about it or beating around the bush on these type of issues makes them seem even more and more likely.
I'm honestly not sure what to even think about this one. Through the Kinect, the Xbox One features a visual DRM that prevents movies and content from playing if there's more people in the room then the license premits. Duh What??????????
Microsoft has responded to fresh privacy concerns over a patent from 2011 that suggests Kinect 2 may be used as a form of visual DRM, should the company decide to implement such a measure in Xbox One.
ExtremeTech discovered the filing back in November, which is labelled as covering "content distribution regulation by viewing user." Theoretically, if the Kinect establishes there are more people in the room than is permitted according to the licence that users agree to when renting of purchasing content, the movie won't play.
"The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken," it reads.
According to unverified "industry sources" spoken to by MCV within the last month, this is a real thing Microsoft is planning to implement on Xbox One using Kinect 2.
Today, however, the company has responded to speculation with the following statement: "Microsoft regularly applies for and receives patents as part of its business practice; not all patents applied for or received will be incorporated into a Microsoft product."
That appears to be all the information the company is sharing for now. While there's no guarantee it's true, if it is then it's latest instance of a potentially concerning encroachment into privacy. Seeing as we already know that the Kinect 2's microphone will always be on and the new console won't function without the device, such a measure isn't out of the question.