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Xbox One Watch: Kinect can be deactivated, AMD deal worth 3 billion

There has been quite a bit of Xbox One news over the weekend, so let's catch up on what's being going on.

Kinect can be deactivated

Jeff Henshaw, the group program manager for Xbox Incubation, has told CNET in a new interview that users will be able to switch the camera off.

"If you want privacy, we’ll give you modes that ensure your privacy," he said.

"We will have something similar for the Kinect with Xbox One. The system is designed to have Kinect be an integral part of the experience. It's not the case where you’ll be able to remove the camera altogether. But you’ll be able to put the system in modes where you can be completely secure about the fact that the camera is off and can’t see you."

This new comes after it was reported that Australian authorities revealed that they had privacy concerns surrounding the Xbox One.

"Microsoft's new Xbox meets the definition of a surveillance device under some Australian laws, so they need to be upfront and tell customers whether anyone else can intercept their information or remotely access their device," Civil Liberties Australia director Tim Vines told NineMSN.

"People should have the ability to turn off the camera or microphone, even if it limits the functionality of the machine. If Microsoft doesn’t allow that, then people should vote with their wallets and skip the next Xbox."

Are you worried about Kinect watching you?

AMD - Microsoft deal worth 3 Billion Dollars

An ex AMD employee has revealed that the deal between AMD and Microsoft for the Xbox One is worth more than 3 billion dollars.

Bob Feldstein, currently the VP Technology Licensing at Nvidia, outed the news on his LinkedIn account (Via GameChup).

"AMD provided a custom silicon solution to Microsoft for the Xbox One, a game console and entertainment device. This required the coordination of multiple functional teams within AMD, as well as regular customer meetings with leadership teams responsible for handling the challenges of complex, muti-year deals. This project is valued at 3+B Dollars."

AMD has also provided components for Sony's PS4.

Zynga's Words with Friends coming to Xbox One?

A new game may have been outed for Xbox One, in the shape of Zynga's Words with Friends. 

Polygon reports that a title on the Xbox 360 home screen leads you to information all about the Xbox One tile; Opening this tile then takes you to a "What it does" tab and in there are a bunch of slides with features such as TV viewing, muti-tasking and Skype. Words with Friends is seen as part of the "Multitasking is a Snap," perhaps hinting that the game will be announced at this year's E3.

Words with Friends is a word game developed by Zynga for mobile and Facebook.

Mark Reign says Xbox One is not a generation ahead of PCs

EA's chief technical officer Rajat Teneja and Epic Games' vice president Mark Rein seem to be in disagreement after the former said the new Xbox One is a generation ahead of PCs.

"These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen," Teneja had previously said.

However, Rein has come out on Twitter to flat out deny these claims are true, saying: 

"RT @developonline: EA: Xbox One and PS4 a generation ahead of PC http://www.develop-online.net/news/44289/EA-Xbox-One-and-PS4-a-generation-ahead-of-PC … <-no they’re not. I call bullshit on this one."

You can't get much clearer than that, can you?

Xbox One to be region locked

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will be region-locked, meaning you can’t buy games internationally and expect them to work on your UK bought console.

"Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale," a Microsoft representative told Digital Spy.

"We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One."

Sony seems to be the only hardware manufacturer which leaves this decision up to the publishers, rather than region locking the console from the off.

Which way do you prefer?

Edited On 28 May, 2013

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Pyroloveridge's avatar
Pyroloveridge 3 years ago
glad you can disable the camera, I don't want people to have the ability to see what I do in that room...
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 3 years ago
The question is, what else is disabled if you disable the camera? I love the idea of disabling the camera, it's a fantastic idea. But look at windows 8 (a fundamental part of the XB1 Architecture if I remember right) you turn off UAC, rather important things simply STOP WORKING!
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 3 years ago
I am wondering the same Trouble I am wondering if you switch off kinect then you cant play games or something stupid like that.
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 3 years ago
I disabled UAC in W8 and now I can't install Skype because it requires access to the MS store which is disabled with UAC
kilz0r's avatar
kilz0r 3 years ago
The Kinect camera may not be watching, but it will still be listening. It's going to take something catastrophic from Sony to stop me from buying a PS4 over an XB1, something like having to sacrifice my first born to power it.
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Play Dance Central naked, I guarantee they won't watch from your Kinect anymore
shiny miller's avatar
shiny miller 3 years ago
I hadn't even considered the privacy issue with Kinect. Everything I seem to hear about the Xbox One seems to be negative, Microsoft's PR team must be tearing their hair out at the moment.
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Artemisthemp 3 years ago
I am not worried about the Kinect as I won't be owning the system. Unless I win it ad a competition
LFC Bywater's avatar
LFC Bywater 3 years ago
Think we are all gunna have to do some sick stuff to put microsoft off watching us game :P

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