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Xbox One ad messing with console voice activation

Xbox One ad messing with console voice activation

Although features of the Kinect are being advertised in the ad in question, Microsoft recently dropped the compulsory bundling of the peripherals with consoles.

An ad being run by Microsoft for the Xbox One is triggering the voice activation commands of consoles owned by viewers.

The ad, featuring Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, has the actor declare ‘Xbox One’ near the start of the piece which triggers the console. Unfortunately, it also appears to trigger the Xbox One’s via the Kinect motion sensor and voice activation peripheral of anyone watching the ad too.

Users have reported the issue over Twitter and Reddit with tech blogger Qassim Faird saying that the command not only turned his console on but resulted in his TV switching off thanks to the intervention of an infrared blaster in the Kinect.

Despite the Microsoft ad showing off the functionality of the Kinect, the company has now started selling the Xbox One without the peripheral bundled in. Around the initial announcement of the Xbox One, this was a strategy that it had said it could not execute do due to the device being integral to the operation of the console.

The removal of the Kinect has meant that the console has shed approximately £50 from its price tag and was likely a move made to help the machine compete with the Playstation 4 which according to figures released by Microsoft and Sony appears to have taken the lead in the current generation's race.

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Guinevere 16th June 2014, 11:45 Quote
I guess they could fix it by mixing in an audio fingerprint so the Xbox knows to ignore those commands. But that would require some work and make the adverts sound as if to get it the Xbox to work you have to time your voice commands with your best buddy R2-D2.

A non audible / higher / lower frequency fingerprint would never be reliable to work across different systems.
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Originally Posted by Aaron Paul
Beep Xbox Boop On Beep
Corky42 16th June 2014, 11:55 Quote
I also read reports of players in online games naming them selves things like "Xbox Turn Off" and "Xbox Sign Out" then griefing other players until they rage and shout the players name, only to have their console turn its self off, or log out.

Have to say when i read about this it made me chuckle. :D
Stelph 16th June 2014, 12:46 Quote
Id seen this report before, has anyone actually got first hand experience of this happening? Ive seen the advert 3-4 times over the weekend and none of the times did my xbox responded to it
Harlequin 16th June 2014, 12:52 Quote
Kinect isn't attached to ours so nope doesn't work
Corky42 16th June 2014, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stelph
Ive seen the advert 3-4 times over the weekend and none of the times did my xbox responded to it

Turn the volume up, maybe the people reporting it are a bit deaf.
Impatience 16th June 2014, 13:08 Quote
It was only a matter of time untill something like this happened! I wish they'd put in other commands too now.. Would be brilliant!
Imagine this scenario:

Aaron Paul is watching Sky on the HDMI passthrough. "Xbox On" then "Xbox switch" or whatever the command is to switch off the passthrough and go to Xbox.. Now you no longer get to watch the rest of the advert! :)
Harlequin 16th June 2014, 21:25 Quote
actually - its a case of those people who are to LAZY to actually go though the day 1 training of Kinect - as it says in the manual....
mi1ez 17th June 2014, 00:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
I guess they could fix it by mixing in an audio fingerprint so the Xbox knows to ignore those commands. But that would require some work and make the adverts sound as if to get it the Xbox to work you have to time your voice commands with your best buddy R2-D2.

A non audible / higher / lower frequency fingerprint would never be reliable to work across different systems.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron Paul
Beep Xbox Boop On Beep

Inaudible fingerprinting is surprisingly effective. You could even have the figerprinting recognise the music in the background of the ad.
samkiller42 17th June 2014, 03:07 Quote
No issues with mine, barely picks up my own voice, so i should be fine.

Sam
TheMadDutchDude 17th June 2014, 05:03 Quote
My Kinect is surprisingly responsive, even with really low volume levels coming from my pie hole and sitting on the other end of the room. I've not noticed it though as I have my TB X12's plugged into the tele. I would try it out but my tele decided it has headphones plugged in permanently, even when there aren't any in the socket.
Stelph 17th June 2014, 13:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheMadDutchDude
My Kinect is surprisingly responsive, even with really low volume levels coming from my pie hole and sitting on the other end of the room. I've not noticed it though as I have my TB X12's plugged into the tele. I would try it out but my tele decided it has headphones plugged in permanently, even when there aren't any in the socket.

Same, funnily enough I tend to talk louder when I want to get the xbox's attention but I dont actually need to, it picks up my voice well enough and responds whenever you mention xbox in a conversation (i.e. when its on and you say xbox), but it doesn't react to this TV advert so im pretty dubious this is infact true unless someone shows proof.

Its a funny story tho, probably why all the press believed it
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