After the new Xbox Dashboard update for Xbox yesterday, I’m now able to control Xbox with voice in a more extensive way. Still, I think when I’m talking to Xbox, it does feel as if I’m talking to a stupid robot! Sometimes, I have to repeat my commands. At other times, I have to figure out what to say first before Xbox could wake up and understand me. Often times, I have to make sure there is a black panel on the bottom of the screen of the dashboard, because without it, there won’t be a small microphone icon and I won’t be able to talk to Xbox. I also notice there are windows within Xbox Live, I often stumble upon, require me to use my controller still.
I think Microsoft has released a better Xbox Dashboard, but I’m not impressed. Sure, the new Xbox Dashboard is way better than the old one, but voice controller is somewhat iffy still that I prefer the use of the controller. If I’m not wrong, Microsoft should be hard at work in improving the intelligence behind the technology which allows Kinect and Xbox to be able to process the words that come out from the mouth of any human. If Microsoft isn’t, then I think Xbox will eventually lose luster and play catch up to something else that does it better in respect to voice intelligence.
I think voice intelligence that is able to understand the words that come out of the mouth of any human in natural way will be very popular and useful in many ways in the future. One example would be telling a device to search for something on the Internet. OK, sure, Xbox is now allowing users/gamers use voice commands and demand Bing to search for something, but I’ve found out that it’s rather hard to do so. Either I’m clueless how Xbox Bing should work, because for the life of me I could not ask Xbox Bing to search for what I want. Correct me if I’m wrong, perhaps Xbox Bing is only searching for games, music, videos, movies, and whatever else that is available on Xbox Live and console. If this is the case, then Xbox Bing isn’t yet capable in searching the entire Internet as how Bing normally does through a web browser.
Shutting down Xbox through voice is fun if you know how to; the correct way is by saying “Xbox Go Home, Settings, Turn Off , Yes.” This is why Microsoft definitely needs to make Xbox understands longer phrases in natural way and not through specific commands. Nonetheless, it’s easier now for Xbox users/gamers to control Xbox through voice than before.
In summary, it’s now possible for Xbox users/gamers to play movies, music, games, and do other things with voice commands. Before, Xbox users/gamers could only command Xbox through voice in a more limited way. Still, Xbox voice intelligence leaves much to be improved, because it’s not natural for users/gamers to remember specific commands and reading what could be read inside Xbox Dashboard and other sections inside Xbox Live. It’s much better if users/gamers can just speak naturally to Xbox. Xbox isn’t Siri, but don’t we wish Xbox is capable as Siri? How about even better, I think Xbox should be able to talk back to Xbox users/gamers in a natural way.
- Bing Voice Search Debuts on Kinect for Xbox 360 (searchenginewatch.com)
- Xbox 360 Dashboard Overhaul Will Let You Get Stuff Faster (pcworld.com)
- Xbox Live Service Buckling Under Weight of New Dashboard [Xbox] (kotaku.com)