Xbox 720 May Arrive With Speech Recognition Technology Like Siri

By Prarthito Maity email: | Feb 08, 2013 09:11 AM EST

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The next-generation Xbox from Microsoft, tagged the Xbox 720 or Durango, is back in news, and this time the upcoming console has more information to offer for all its fans.

Per reports, Microsoft is said to develop its speech recognition technology inside the next Xbox.
The information revealed by The Verge, as learned from sources “familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans,” states that the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft will support natural language controls, wake on voice, and speech-to-text. These enhanced abilities mean that users of the new Xbox will be able to get into a room where the device is situated and simply say "Xbox on" to start up the new Xbox.

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The report also states that it has been recognized that Microsoft is also examining certain scenarios where “a Kinect sensor will detect individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using voice.” This new feature is said to support and include natural language detection, something quite similar to Apple's Siri service. This means that users will now be able to ask things like "what are my friends playing" to receive a list of associated friends, The Verge reports.

“Xbox will also reply back to users with answers to queries, making it an improved search service too. The current Xbox 360 console lacks natural interaction and context, we're told that's a big focus of the new speech recognition in the new Xbox.”

Moreover, it is also likely with speech-to-text built-in that Microsoft will make use of this support to even type out messages using the new Xbox. Users will now be able to automatically resume videos where they left it off previously simply by asking the new Xbox to play a particular video or movie, even without mentioning where they left it off.

“It's widely expected that Skype will make its Xbox debut on the new console. Microsoft will fully detail its new Xbox at E3 this year, with suggestions from sources that the company may hold a separate event to unveil its new hardware ahead of E3,” The Verge says.

The new Xbox is currently expected to be announced, if not arrive, later this year.

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