The New Xbox One Will be a “Monitoring Device Under the Guise of a Gaming Console”

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I remember when video games were about getting Mario to save the princess and, when you were done, the console would leave you the hell alone. The new Xbox one apparently wants to put an end to those days by turning the beloved game console into a 24/7 surveillance device. The Xbox One will bundle the Kinect – a device that captures motion and sound – with every console and its camera and mic will be always on by default. In fact, Xbox One will actually refuse to work if the Kinect is not connected to it. So the camera and mic will work even when the console is turned off. And the camera will even work in the dark. Yup. It will also be able to read your facial expressions and count the people in the room with you (there are also talks of charging Pay-Per-View movies PER PERSON in the room).

Furthermore, all of this data captured by the device could easily be transmitted to God knows where as the console will require an internet connection to even function. This capability is rationalized because Microsoft wants to give users the ability of turning on the console by saying “Xbox On”. So, for this reason, the console needs to be listening to EVERY SINGLE word you’re saying around it in case you say “Xbox On”.

The unveiling of these capabilities no one asked for has lifted some eyebrows around the world.

Tim Vines, director at Civil Liberties Australia, told GamesFIX that Microsoft has a lot to answer for with a product that has the ability to listen and watch everything a person does.

“People should have the ability to turn off the camera or microphone, even if it limits the functionality of the machine,” he said. Vines believes privacy is “all about control”.

“Of course, if Microsoft doesn’t allow that (control), then people should vote with their wallets and skip the next Xbox.”

Vines says Microsoft should be upfront about what it does with data collected by 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,” Vines said.

– Games Fix, Privacy breach: Xbox One a ‘twisted nightmare’

According to Berlin’s federal data protection commissioner, Peter Schaar, the Xbox One is nothing more than a monitoring device under the guise of a gaming console.

“The Xbox One continuously records all sorts of personal information about me. My reaction rates, my learning or emotional states. These are then processed on an external server, and possibly even passed on to third parties. The fact that Microsoft could potentially spy on my living room is merely a twisted nightmare.”

Even if the Xbox One provides the option of turning off the camera and mic of the console, History shows that these options could easily be overridden remotely by any organization or creep with some technological capability. All of this ties in perfectly with my article entitled CIA Director: Web-Connected Devices in Your Home Make it Easy to Spy on You that quotes a CIA director openly stating that web connected devices are used to spy on citizens.

So, do I want to pay several hundred dollars to be constantly spied on?…Ummm…Let me think about it….mmmmNo.



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beavis

I’D RATHER BUY A TREADMILL THAT KICKED ME IN THE BALLS EVERY 1/2 HOUR THAN BUY THIS CRAP!

not suprised

Considering human history I'm VERY disturbed by this. I realize that phones and laptops already have these features and people seem to be way too comfortable with this stuff. People say its for advertising and stuff, but the bottom line is ANYONE could get your info at any time.

All I can say is imagine if Hitler would have had this kind of technology. That's not paranoia that's a fact.

Sam

Doesn't have to be connected every 24 hrs now you guys are so gullible who cares if they're watching us if they aren't hurting us why worry?

Magee Mae

darn…..now where did I put that old Atari?

Indi

This guy reviews the xbox one – not to happy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekOtn7L1N0

Progress?

This is in fact a brilliant business move from Microsoft. However it is important to put this in context. The Kinect in itself can be used to enhance games and the entertainment experience, yet this iteration is not focused on that. Microsoft is trying to push the streaming/cloud-based future of entertainment, primarily so they are the first out of the gate and have the beach head so to speak. All these extra applications, features and "security concerns" are the proof of this. The thing is, it is not made for the consumer. This is made for the publishers of content (games/movies). It is just like all "new" facebook features are made for marketers in an attempt to harvest more data for personalised advertising. This is just taking it to another height. The data they harvest is purely for filtering through with computer programmes. Which words are used when playing a certain game? How do people react to a specific format of commercial? How often do people actually respond to the ads, etc. There simply is not enough manpower to be able to watch and listen to all recordings being made. For the most part this data is still quite useless,… Read more »

eva

stick cotton wool over the mic and paint over the camera

sean

f*****g illumanati s**t right here. you need to have a camera on to play it lmfao

Leyla Timur

I have a s**t laptop, a s**t cellphone and no money for consoles.

I'M IMMUNE.

Callie

one of the same rofl..

Meh

I keep my Xbox 360 in my bedroom… Not sure if I'd ever feel comfortable in there if I get the Xbox One. Did Microsoft actually think a Kinect that is as sensitive as people are saying would go over that well? Especially with all the conspiracy theorist around now. Sigh… If I decide to get the Xbox One, I hope my Kinect likes the view of my wall. Think it'll have a breakdown if it can't read my heart rate and facial expressions? 😉

Jackie

Just to let you know, almost every gamer I've spoken to has been suspicious about this, and now Sony's in the head of the line to receive payment for their new system instead. Xbox failed.

nobody

why would anyone put a spybox into their house ? If you are not worried, wakeup.

Any information collected about anybody is useful to somebody.

Shadow

I'm getting sick of the whole ' are you that self absorbed that you think they want to watch you 24/7' you people are blind. This is a company that recently signed contracts agreeing to send all personal information collected to third partied and this monitering device is not designed for your faces it collecting data on your reactions, health and any buzzwords, this is not a 24/7 task but its enough to check what they can get away with, how effective the miraculous growth of cancer is doing and anything about companies involved. Personally the world makes me sick for not even trying to defend their freedom but instead are willing to actually pay to have it taken from them.

Shadow

Your comment is invalid as your phone doesnt collect health checks, reactions to any content, and demand a24 hour internetupload time to a company known recently to give third party companies your private information

Christina

I'm not surprised. Bill Gates is an evil eugenicist whose father was the director of planned parenthood.

Anonymous

Planned parenthood provides a multitude of health care services at an affordable price, from cancer screening to ovarian cysts. They also help millions of expecting women with prenatal care.No matter what your personal beliefs on abortion are, very few of the PP clinics even offer that service, and as it is a legal operation in the US they're doing nothing wrong.

Meeeeeeeee

deters next thing you know they will know what are you doing quite impersonal if you ask me

Anonymous

So playing a game as a nudist and my wife getting horny because of a romance/ sex scene in a movie or video game wanting me to do her will let the whole world witness our stamina and endurance as we go at it like wild beasts. Free porno anyone?

DUB MENACE

ok I have viewed all of the above comments, all are valid

The bigger picture in the uk we have more cctv cameras per head of population than any other country in the world, yet crime still takes place and crimes remain unsolved ( pml ignored) if you can honestly believe that a major player like microsoft does not have government approval then you are grossly misinformed.
The ability to track any internet device or mobile phone has been available since these tools were first sold to the general public to enhance their lives (sic).
Use it be damned, abuse it be damned it does not matter.
It is here for good.
Grab your tinfoil hat and carry a laser.

The Egg and Eye

Instead of playing video games, maybe people should learn how to knit or something. Plant a garden. Do some pushups. Play cards. Stare at the wall. Anything would be better than interacting with this telescreen.

hvns

I am with you. So as very few of VC reeders.
Reportedly games can develop some important skills in kids. One problem-NO ONE plays these kind of games. Same as TV/books.,etc. No one bought TV to watch History and Discovery channels! Very few folks dare to open a good book,either..

World is becoming interesting. We are fretting about being watched while not realizing that by having console/bloody games we do as we told…Someone else will and desire be done in MY spare time….

Aziz

Whatever if they want to see me busting nuts and eating junk food the can watch me all they want

Back2Basic

They just want to distract us and keep us busy and distracted whilst they work on their NWO. We are just a number to them a project they test on. And this game is another project to see how the sheeps ( the sleeping mass) respond. They are using us for their agenda, desensitizing us using T.V, video games, mobile phones anything electroronic. We are being hynotized in our homes and they watch us as well. I sometimes wish I can leave in an island or in the jungle and be around nature and live among with sane people who are not hynotized by this world.

clickclack

how would this be any different than a cell phone?

Chris

Great article. Just like that Ke$ha music video, the Xbox One (Seeing Eye) is probably an attempt to see how far they can go without people catching on. What sucks is the difficulty in getting the sheep to understand what's going on. 1984 is just a year to them.

Nink

The Xbox is being used to find and control the next mass murderer.

As above

You're an idiot aren't you??

Meeno

trying too hard to be like God.

I hope no one buys the new xbox 🙁

John

They will even get a loan from the bank to buy it.

John

so they can keep up with the joneses.

wendy11

This is also an attack on small business owners who resell games because new games will not be shareable – the Gamestops and all those kinds of stores. I know someone that owns one, he makes very good money and supports his employees with insurance before all this Obamacare crap came about. Those stores will be phased out for that very reason – no one should make a decent wage unless they work for a major corporation. We are training children from birth to find their places as cogs in the great machine with all this public education, so eventually no one should even care, but in the meantime….I hope people talk with their wallets here.