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Rumour: Microsoft pushing Kinect for next-gen TVs, talking with Sony

Thursday, 24th November 2011 11:55 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft is looking to continue Kinect’s success by having it included with next-generation TVs, The Daily is reporting.

It says the company is looking to “aggressively push the Kinect into as many living rooms as possible,” including those without an Xbox 360.

MS is apparently in the early stages of licensing the tech out to Sony and Vizio.

If Kinect was to be introduced for TVs, it would likely be for gesture-based TV control, according to The Daily, with the TV itself aiming to “network with local PCs running the next version of Windows.”

Such a move would apparently put Microsoft in battle between Google TV and Apple’s rumoured TV project, which has been rumoured recently for a 2012 or 2013 release with Siri support.

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  1. Razor

    This would surely make Sony TV’s even more expensive, and they’re already stupidly expensive as it is…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Freek

    “Ok, lets move the couch back, putt the coffee table in the hall, that chair’s gotta go.

    Woah, woah, what the hell!??

    Shut up and help move this crap, we are watching televission!!!”

    #2 3 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    Nice! It’d be cool if I never had to look for the TV remote again.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    @3 Indeed. Although that’s what my other half is currently for.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Deacon

    Brilliant. I’ve been waiting for a worthy successor to the remote control. It’s just so much effort to operate.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. J.L

    ^_^

    #6 3 years ago
  7. RandomTiger

    Is he still talking about Kinect?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. minxamo

    Could be pretty good actually.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ge0force

    As long as I don’t need a Live-account or Gold abo to use my tv, it’s all fine by me. :)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. mojo

    brain-computer-interface or gtfo

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Yoshi

    Why are they pushing the Kinect out when it isn’t even that great, it could still use some improvements first :/

    #11 3 years ago
  12. rainer

    Yeah cause Sony is going to help Microsoft, what utter nonsense.

    1) It would drive up the cost of the TV and TV makers are hurting already.
    2) This only benefits Microsofts plans.
    3) Even if Kinect was use to control the TV it’s less useful/efficient than using an actual remote and is just a novelty.

    I’d be surprised any TV maker is dumb enough to integrate Kinect unless Microsoft are paying them to do it.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Mattigan

    @12

    You are aware that Microsoft already work with Sony on quite a lot of stuff, not least their PC hardware?

    So to your points.

    1) Kinect is rumoured to cost substantially less to manufacture than the retail price, and any TV integration would likely cost even less, considering that the TV itself would be housing the kinect unit.

    2) Really? The current Generation of TV has pretty much plateau’d in terms of feature set so manufacturers will be looking for ‘key differentiators’ and ways to ‘add value’ for their sets to make them more attractive to the consumer than their comettitors product. Kinect integration will sell TV’s, without doubt and that’s basically Sony’s bread and butter.

    3) I have an LG 3DTV, which has something they call the ‘Magic Remote’ that is basically a Wii controller, and I tell you, after using it for a week my standard remote went in the drawer and has not been out since! Couple that sort of control with voice commands where you dont have to be looking at the set or even in the same room in order to pause it, change channel or turn the thing off/on and I’m sorry, but you don’t know what you are talking about frankly.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. PEYJ

    @13

    Do you have a link with specs/presentation for this TV? It sounds interesting.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    So much effort to operate with the remote controller?

    Are you guys crazy or just “Pathological laziness”?

    #15 3 years ago