The Xbox One hasn’t had a lot of good press lately and the major reversal that Microsoft had to do on both used games and DRM on the platform didn’t help either. Just to show we aren’t Xbox haters, we wanted to report a bit of good news for future Xbox One owners. By using the Xbox One’s integrated Kinect, Xbox One owners will be able to make entering codes for DLC and such a thing of the past assuming publishers get on board.
Microsoft’s Marc Whitten confirmed on Twitter that the new Kinect will be able to read QR codes. While not a full on confirmation, it does imply that the Xbox One will at some point allow gamers to enter by scanning a QR code via Kinect vice fumbling around with the onscreen keyboard to enter your codes which can be a bit tedious.
So there you have it, the Xbox One will be able to support this feature though it’s still anyone’s guess as to whether Microsoft and publishers will leverage the capability in this way. From my perspective I don’t see why they wouldn’t, it’s much more convenient and I can’t see where it would be any significant overhead on their part. In fact, as Microsoft fights to take over more and more of your digital life, the applications for synergy of this feature between your console and mobile start to become really interesting.
To my reddit friends — yup — this works! http://t.co/QHnOPZqib1
— Marc Whitten (@notwen) July 1, 2013
For now though all we can do is hope that with the recent shakeup in the Xbox Division, Microsoft will actually start making smart decisions. The Xbox One is scheduled to be released sometime before the end of 2013.