Finally, One Very Good Reason To Have A Kinect
Microsoft’s Kinect camera hasn’t really reached its full potential yet. Even I, who purchased the first iteration, am pretty sceptical about the improvements made with the Kinect 2.0 shipping with the Xbox One. Personally, I feel there’s some way to go until it becomes an integral part to gaming experiences everywhere, but at least it’s not completely useless now.
Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has taken to Vine to show one of the best uses the Kinect has been given so far: the ability to save all the time you spend typing in lengthy codes using a gamepad. And trust me, that’s a pretty big deal if you’ve ever had to enter an Xbox LIVE code on an Xbox.
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It kind of reminds me of the only interesting use for the Fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, being able to authenticate iStore purchases without having to repeatedly enter a password. It’s small, but also extremely effective. The ability of the Kinect to scan QR codes and immediately redeem the voucher will no doubt be the only good thing Kinect brings to the table for thousands. But it is good to see that Microsoft is looking at alternative uses for the hardware besides making shitty motion controlled titles.
And hey, with all Xbox One customers getting a Kinect, Microsoft is free to make every voucher Kinect redeemable. But don’t worry, there will still be those 25-digit long codes for nostalgic purposes.