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Xbox One: The Top 5 Creepiest Features In Microsoft's Next-Gen Console


 Xbox One: The Top 5 Creepiest Features In Microsoft's Next-Gen Console
Angry topic by HDBeatz - 05-29-2013, 12:29 AM - Boxden > BX GameSpot


Microsoft recently lifted the veil on its Xbox 360 successor, giving the world a first look at the Xbox One. The new Xbox attempts to incorporate a level of voice control technology (that companies clamor for these days) into the Xbox's gaming and entertainment ecosystem, and Microsoft's event focused on how an updated Kinect camera and microphone will allow users a whole new way to interact with their televisions as well as their games.

Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One will have varying power levels, and will remain powered even when turned off. In a sleep mode, Microsoft says the Xbox One will be able to download content and make updates to games and apps while not in use. The console does not have to always be online, but it may need to be connected at least once a day. The reality is that most users will just leave the Xbox One constantly connected to the Internet via a network cable or WiFi. So what could possibly go wrong in this scenario?

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The new Xbox One raises several questions about user privacy.

1 - The Xbox One will always be powered on

Even at rest, the Xbox One will always be powered on. When you press the power button or ask the device to shut down, it will actually enter a low-power sleep mode so that Microsoft and developers can install game and app updates overnight. Hopefully, this means you won't have to download and install an update every time you want to hop into “Call of Duty: Ghosts” matchmaking.

The Xbox One's constant power state also means that at any time of the day, the console is susceptible to attack. If you are at home playing a game or watching television (or both, thanks to Xbox One’s "Snap Mode"), you might suspect an attempt to hack into your console due to a sudden drop in network speed or change in functionality. However, should a nefarious user try to access the device while you are out and about, they have a lot more time to unravel your network security and gain access to your Xbox One.

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2 - The Xbox One will always be connected

Not only will the Xbox One always be powered on, but it will almost always be online. Even if Microsoft does not require the console to be online to function, the reality is that with either a network cable or built-in WiFi, most users will hardly ever take the console off of their networks.

And again, whenever the Xbox One is online, it is open to hacking threats. Whereas the Xbox 360 and most other computing devices would completely power off when shut down, the Xbox One will always be accessible via your home router and whatever IP address is a$signed to it.

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3 - The new Kinect sensor will have an advanced camera

The Xbox One will ship out with an updated Kinect sensor that sits on top of your television. That means that should a hacker get access to your new console, he or she will have a full-HD view of your living room, or wherever the console is located.

In addition the regular HD view, the new Kinect sensor will have an “active IR” feature that can transmit and receive non-visible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as infrared. That means that the Xbox One will also be able to “see” in the dark.

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In addition to detecting infrared and heat signatures, the new Kinect can also detect your heartbeat by changes in your complexion. Whether or not someone hacks into your console, the fact that the folks in Redmond can watch your heartbeat is way creepier than having the Google Maps van cruising around your neighborhood.

4 - Kinect will also have a highly sensitive microphone

The new Kinect sensor for the Xbox One will have a microphone to activate all kinds of interesting voice functions. Saying “Xbox, ESPN” will cause the console to change to the sports network. However, to make this work properly, the microphone will have to be running most if not all of the time.

Anyone who gains access to your Xbox One will not only be able to see everything that you do, but they'll also be able to hear everything going on near your console and throughout your home. If you are not standing directly in front of the Kinect, the microphone will still be able to pick up nearby voices.

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5 - Apps will be available from several developers

The main point of access to your Xbox One will be your Internet router. Hackers will most likely have to gain access to your network to get to your console. If your router is secure, then your Xbox One should be as well. However, since Microsoft will be including applications from third-party developers such as Netflix and Facebook, they might also have to include backdoor access for FBI surveillance.

This means that not only will government agencies be able to snoop in on conversations, but random strangers might be able to as well. They will not only be able to ruin your game of Halo 5, but will also be able to see and hear everything in range of your Kinect sensor.

Each time you install an app, you are also relying on the security of that app. Any "chink in the armor" in an individual app might also compromise the security of your entire console.

How do you feel about the potential threats to privacy raised by the Xbox One? Is the device no different than a smartphone, or do the beefed up specs on the console pose a new threat to users’ security?

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49 comments for "Xbox One: The Top 5 Creepiest Features In Microsoft's Next-Gen Console"


 05-29-2013, 12:36 AMaway - #2
HATEWILL! 39 heat pts39

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Yawn... How many threads with the same info are gonna be made
 05-29-2013, 12:37 AMaway - #3
HDBeatz 55 heat pts55

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 05-29-2013, 01:08 AMonline - #4
IGOTSHITTZ 

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Originally Posted by B4ST4RD!
Yawn... How many threads with the same info are gonna be made
This #### ain't gonna stop til next year. Best to stay away from here for a while.
 05-29-2013, 01:16 AMaway - #5
DominationCM 21 heat pts21

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#3 ni##as gone be like

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 05-29-2013, 01:24 AMaway - #6
Jesszman 2174 heat pts2174

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1 and 2 are kinda false after today.

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 05-29-2013, 01:33 AMaway - #7
K1 57 heat pts57

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Paranoid much, this is ####en dumb I get that people are mad about Kinect 2.0 but people get upset about the wrong reason. Those hell bent on bashing it talking about "Privacy" and people listening in need to wake the #### up. If they want to listen in they will listen in. You know whats always online in your house your house on you 24/7 your cell phone, tablet, and also your laptop. most of the time if people are going to listen in mainly the FBI it will be through your phone, but this probably won't effect you unless your a scum bag suggestion don't do illegal #### and don't be a terrorist and you will never have to worry.

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 05-29-2013, 01:35 AMaway - #8
Krazie 92 heat pts92

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This is a stupid ####ing list.. You're trying waaaaaay too hard to find #### to post.
 05-29-2013, 02:51 AMaway - #9
ChevyBrah 200 heat pts200

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this dude must get paid to hate daily ol scary a$s lil boy
 05-29-2013, 03:40 AMaway - #10
HDBeatz 55 heat pts55

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Originally Posted by Jesszman
5 and 4 are kinda false after today.
So, no mic, no apps?
 05-29-2013, 03:44 AMaway - #11
Jesszman 2174 heat pts2174

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Originally Posted by HDBeatz
So, no mic, no apps?
Whoa, my bad. I didn't realize they were in ascending order. In that case, 1 and 2 are false, not 5 and 4.
 05-29-2013, 03:46 AMaway - #12
HDBeatz 55 heat pts55

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Originally Posted by Jesszman
Whoa, my bad. I didn't realize they were in ascending order. In that case, 1 and 2 are false, not 5 and 4.
So, it wont be always on. Not that I dont believe you but: Source?
 05-29-2013, 03:59 AMaway - #13
Krazie 92 heat pts92

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I'm sure you can completely power it down similar to the PS3, or you can leave it in that low power mode which is what they'll want. That's just an a$sumption on my part, and powering it down with the DRM bull#### would probably take longer when you actually turn it back fully on.

I could be completely off base, but I think I saw something along those lines somewhere. Of course the right answer is probably: "We don't completely know yet"
 05-29-2013, 04:10 AMaway - #14
Jesszman 2174 heat pts2174

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Originally Posted by HDBeatz
So, it wont be always on. Not that I dont believe you but: Source?
Someone from MS said that you can power it off....by completely turning off the Xbox One. The thread should be somewhere around here. I think it's the one where they exposed chevy.
 05-29-2013, 04:11 AMaway - #15
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All these points about camera's can be made with smartphones. Should a hacker get access to your phone they can go through your eWallet, camera, files etc...

Oh wait smartphones are not made by Microsoft!

Imagine if Motorola/Nokia/Apple had gotten this much backlash with the first smartphone's or multi functional phones.

"Oh no this phone has a camera, nooooo they going to spy on us, why must a phone have a camera. A phone must do what a phone should do and that's make calls ONLY"
 05-29-2013, 04:23 AMaway - #16
HDBeatz 55 heat pts55

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Main reason why I dont #### with smartphones.
 05-29-2013, 04:56 AMaway - #17
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Originally Posted by majestykagiso
All these points about camera's can be made with smartphones. Should a hacker get access to your phone they can go through your eWallet, camera, files etc...

Oh wait smartphones are not made by Microsoft!

Imagine if Motorola/Nokia/Apple had gotten this much backlash with the first smartphone's or multi functional phones.

"Oh no this phone has a camera, nooooo they going to spy on us, why must a phone have a camera. A phone must do what a phone should do and that's make calls ONLY"

thisssssss
Originally Posted by HDBeatz
Main reason why I dont #### with smartphones.
you shouldnt even be posting just cause your afraid of camera....your afraid of phones with cameras and hate on the kinect

dumbest #### ever ####ing idiot
 05-29-2013, 05:14 AMaway - #18
HDBeatz 55 heat pts55

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Originally Posted by Jesszman
Someone from MS said that you can power it off....by completely turning off the Xbox One. The thread should be somewhere around here. I think it's the one where they exposed chevy.
 05-29-2013, 06:01 PMaway - #19
Magnolia 6 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Jesszman
Someone from MS said that you can power it off....by completely turning off the Xbox One. The thread should be somewhere around here. I think it's the one where they exposed chevy.
ill just unplug it if worst comes to worst

that means no FBI, No strangers, No hackers, no nothing
 05-29-2013, 06:04 PMaway - #20
Jesszman 2174 heat pts2174

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Originally Posted by Magnolia
ill just unplug it if worst comes to worst

that means no FBI, No strangers, No hackers, no nothing
And what is someone sneaks into your house and plugs it back in?!
 
 


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