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



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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Simple answer- DON'T BUY ONE.
Easy, isn't it.

darn… where did I put that old Atari?

stick cotton wool over the mic and paint over the camera

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

You're an idiot aren't you??

Oh and I forgot to say, everyone needs to pay attention to what their friends and family have in their homes
if they have these types of devices, you need to be aware that your privacy is being invaded and speak up!

People purchase these terribly high-ticket machines that spy on them. they really pay to be spied on! Why hassle to shop for this or the Samsung TV's that square measure rumored to conjointly spy on their users. individuals have to be compelled to boycott these physics and also the corporations creating them can stop! It extremely is that straightforward. corporations that lose cash not blink and concentrate to the requirements and desires of the customer!
smart android box

Yes this is disturbing, once again people need to quit buying what they're selling out there and they can't win! But this won't happen, people are already in a trance… I have the Wii U, I only use it for exercising and I love it! My son mainly likes the lego's games. I've been looking and it seems they haven't been able to add their sick symbolism into those games yet, but I could be wrong! One symbol that is everywhere is in the lego marvel superheroes is the black and white eagle head with the V lines. Does this have a meaning?

A bunch of slandering words to no doubt get people to not buy one. I suggest you get your facts correct before flapping your gums. The xbox one works without the kinect hooked up, it is an optional device that you can choose to not use.

This is why I am a PC gamer!!!

"We aren't using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all," Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison assured to Eurogamer.

Yeah right..

"We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine, but we don't transmit personal data in any way, shape, or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that."

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.

To those who say "unplug it…" I wouldnt be suprised if the powers that be have already planned for that. Seems easy for them to add a capacitor to the insides of the xbox. It could probably store power for up to 12 hours. So it would/could probably still intercept any information that is put out there…

I seriously think this is obviously ridiculous !! We should be able to control what happens in our own home. F**k the government this is crazy what's going to be next???!

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?

I think if you want to buy it just unplug it when your done playing it. the payperview per person talk is ridiculous though.

Gamers have spoken and Microsoft has removed all that crap!

There intentions were/are to monitor you or who ever purchases their system. Just because they say they will remove it. Doesn't mean they won't use it. microsoft never mentioned about disconnecting the kinect peripheral…. so one has to wonder.

This guy reviews the xbox one – not to happy

Does anyone know what would happen if you cover the kinect with a towel or something? Also, looks like Microsoft just lost their ENTIRE pot smoking community.

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… Read more »

this is the most stupid system ever its so stupid why the f**k would they spy on you hmm let me see maybe cause there perverts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Xbox logo is the same as the xmen symbol. It was also a symbol during Madonna's Super bowl show.
an x within a circle. This is recognized by Rex Church (Satanist) as being
the symbol of Satan. Seems apropos


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

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


one of the same rofl..

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? 😉

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.

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

Any information collected about anybody is useful to somebody.

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.

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

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

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.

Well luckily my new x box will be stored in a sound proof cabinet and wont be able to hear or see anything unless I allow it to.

Things like this is why you need to say NO to the "cloud" where the other side controls your data and not you.
the government can easily check the data from those companies while getting data from your own computer would me much more difficult.

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

When you have to have a press conference to tell people that you are indeed allowed to turn of your gaming system, you really shouldn't be in the business of making gaming systems. I should also point out that when they say you can turn it off, they mean unplug it from the wall.

Still, it's good that people are in such an uproar about this. Gives you some hope, right?


place electrical tape on camera eye, GG.

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?

Just turn the Kinect off.
You can turn the Kinect off and the xbox will still function.
Your xbox still has to connect to the internet once every 24 hours though for game to work! Lame.

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.

Invasion of privacy right there!!

This is why SONY is the best. This s**t will always be inferior to the Playstation.

I heard about this, even life-long gamers were shocked. This is taking things too far even for them.

Well, you could always just unplug the damn thing when you're not using it. If I ever buy one, I'd do that.

imagine this being in someone's bedroom…-__- what exactly are they going to use the "information" they get there for? pathetic and shows they depend on us to function. Like parasites

I see what the problem is, I understand what the problem is and I don't want to appear as if I'm saying that it's okay what MS is doing here because it isn't. BUT what they're doing is no different than what anyone else in the corporate world is doing, which is taking advantage of technology to monitor us. If you aren't using any vpn services to hide your ip then every single time you start an internet browser, someone, somewhere knows exactly everything you're doing on the internet. Those free proxy sites may give you a temporary fake ip, but anyone deep in computers & working with the government can easily overwrite those proxies to access your dynamic ip, which is why so many new proxies are created daily (they're easily figured out). If your laptop has a webcam, covering the cam will indeed stop them from seeing your… Read more »

If you want to be successful, make fun games and cool consoles. Don't stalk fricken learn about your customers by stalking them wth??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

Don't fret VC, ain't nobody gonna buy this lame console.

Find on utube "1991 Super Nintendo Commercial" – around 24s there is subliminal message with camera which says (I thing) we are watching you.

"Wii U First Commercial – Advertising Campaign" – at 55 second commercial end up in big eye.

Gaming industry is about spying on ordinary people long time ago.

playstation was, and always will be, the first and best.
until 'they' f**k it up like this- in which case my super nintendo + N64 are back in business.
Maybe I will look out the ol' PSX, put a cigarette filter in the back, download all my favourite games off of pirate bay and burn them. then all i need is ONE REAL PSX GAME- to load up the Sony-PS part, remove disk and insert personal pirate copy.
hey…might even program myself some menus onto them, have multiple games per disk. seeing as technology of CDs is better now…

but for now…..

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.

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….

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

Is this real life?