New Xbox One Kinect can scan QR codes

Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One’s bundled Kinect will be able to scan QR codes for things like DLC and Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. This


Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One’s bundled Kinect will be able to scan QR codes for things like DLC and Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. This comes as good news for Xbox 360 owners that are tired of having to type in multiple 25-digit codes for whenever they might want to activate online passes for their games or download some free DLC.

Microsoft’s Vice President Marc Whitten confirmed that the Kinect will be able to scan these QR codes over Twitter in a reply to an image posted on Reddit that mocked Microsoft’s decision to bundle the Kinect with the Xbox One. “To my reddit friends -- yup -- this works!” says the tweet. Check out the image from Reddit below.

New Xbox One Kinect can scan QR codes

The image does make a rather compelling point

 

Microsoft had recently revealed a developer programme for the new Kinect. Developers will be able to take part in the programme by paying $399 (Rs 23,700 approx). Developers will get access to the new Kinect sensor "as soon as possible". The programme is set to begin in November.

This is bittersweet news for developers. On one hand, some of the best uses of the original Kinect we've seen comes from developers hooking it up to their PCs and going wild with it. On the other hand, $399 for a camera peripheral might seem a bit on the steep side.

Developers' original dreams of using the Xbox One Kinect have come to a halt. Microsoft has revealed to Ars Technica that the Kinect bundled with the Xbox One won't be compatible with PCs, unlike the original Kinect. "The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adapter that allows it to plug into a computer," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica. Instead, "the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB3 port."

The Xbox One is set to hit international shores this October, but India won’t be able to see it till late 2014.

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