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Xbox One: worrying patent suggests grim reality, achievements for watching television

by on May 28, 2013
 

Xbox One Patent
In what may come to pass as significant proof of a video game console with non-gaming related priorities in mind, a new patent suggests Microsoft wants to reward you for doing nothing…or close to.

Microsoft’s recent involvement with the patent, proposes an achievement system for the Xbox One, to reward players for watching television shows, movies etc.

An unnamed Microsoft representative goes into further detail:

“To increase interactive viewing and encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content, awards and achievements may be tied to those items of video content.”

The source article dives into further detail in regards to the patent. Going on to mention Kinect support tied with this television watching achievement system.  The patent makes mention of Kinect functionality, by detecting that the viewer is present, or through telling the user to hold up a specific product, so the Kinect may scan the item and grant the user and achievement for doing so.

I hope this patent is highly experimental, and never comes to light. This kind of monetization of the product, and the consumer, is insulting and degrading in most ways imaginable. This new proposed achievements system will further devolve the quality of the Xbox One as a console, and help to trivialize gaming on a massive level.

I cross my fingers, in desperate hope this is a terrible idea soon forgotten.

Thanks, GamesIndustry

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