Say goodbye to typing in long redemption codes for Xbox content and services. With Xbox One Kinect will be able to scan QR codes in a matter of seconds, as Major Nelson has proved with a new Vine.

Sat in a chair the Major says out loud, "Xbox, use a code". He then spins around and in clear sight of Kinect holds up a card featuring a QR code. Having recognised the code the user is then prompted to confirm the redemption.

Xbox One launches November 22. Analysis

It's pretty cool, but I can't help think this is the kind of feature which would have been seen as a cool extra had pre-release Xbox One coverage been more positive. As it is, questions about the Xbox One's graphical capabilities overshadow useful functionality such as this.

Source: @majornelson

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It'd be a smart move for Sony to copy this for their camera if they haven't already.

Nothing worse in gaming than keying in a code. Except doing it on a controller and not a keyboard.
Posted 14:54 on 07 November 2013
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Karlius@ altaranga

You are onto something there I'm sure they will. Also think the camera function will happen on PS4.
Posted 14:49 on 07 November 2013
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I'm sure you redeem iTunes vouchers in a similar way, too?

It would be cool if the Xbox and PSN Apps allowed you to scan the codes in using your phone. That way you wouldn't even need to take them home with you, you could just scan it there and then.
Posted 14:47 on 07 November 2013
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Karlius@ FantasyMeister

Lol I wonder how long it takes for someone to find the formula for QR codes out.
Posted 14:47 on 07 November 2013
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I could paint my cat black and white then each time he flies past the Kinect chasing whatever he's decided to chase I might unlock something.
Posted 14:31 on 07 November 2013
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My time costs my employer £17.50 an hour. I have entered between 50 to 100 codes over the last 7+ years each taking 5 minutes to enter. If we take the low end estimate that equates to just over 4 hours entering codes. So that equates to £70 total and Fifa 13 makes up the rest.

Show Spoiler That is a piss take but the math is correct
Posted 14:26 on 07 November 2013


Totally work the extra £80! /s
Posted 14:09 on 07 November 2013


Impressive stuff, thank god no more voucher code typing!
Posted 13:24 on 07 November 2013
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My favourite use thus far is with Dead Rising 3. When a zombie grabs you, you can break free by thrusting the controller forward toward the sensor or throwing a punch if you are that way inclined. Anything to stop the tedious thumb stick rotation or button bashing quick time events. Little improvements to game play dynamics like this are what the inclusion of kinect is all about for me!
Posted 13:14 on 07 November 2013
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Now that's a GREAT use of Kinect. I wonder what else it can do?
Posted 10:03 on 07 November 2013
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Awesome. That was one of my biggest bug bears this generation.
Posted 10:01 on 07 November 2013
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