Xbox One can scan QR tags to save entering codes

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 04:05 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Thanks to its otherwise much-criticised required Kinect, the Xbox One can circumvent the dreadful business of tapping in codes on a control pad.

Responding a Reddit joke, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten confirmed on Twitter that the new Kinect will be able to read QR codes.

The context implies (but does not promise) Microsoft will use this to allow gamers to enter codes – for promotions, extra content, and so on – by waving an image at the console’s ever-watchful sentinel rather than going through all that control pad nonsense which makes you want to throw the bloody thing through the nearest window and go back to PC gaming.

Hooray. Next generation technology delivers at last – although there’s no guarantee Microsoft and third-parties will act on this potential.

The Xbox One is due before the end of the year and Microsoft swears its eerie new Kinect won’t watch you in secret.

Thanks, IGN.



  1. Bam007

    Another good use for Kinect, that is if they take full advantage of it.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. SlayerGT

    Can the current one do that? Seems simple enough.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. fearmonkey

    Wow, that’s amazing.

    I mean, its not like you couldn’t use an app like smartglass on a cell phone to scan for you, but hey im glad people think its cool or something……

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Aullah


    #4 1 year ago
  5. salarta

    This seems even dumber than current QR codes unless it’s used to more quickly verify DLC codes. That’s the only way that it seems useful, since entering DLC codes can be an annoying time waster.

    Otherwise, you’d be just as well off as getting an app for your phone and using the phone. QR codes are typically provided out and about by businesses and the like, so it makes more sense to use a cell phone to access it right away than to wait until you get home and wave it in front of the Kinect.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    look like the xbot drones can’t be bothered to type or read so better have this in the spy cam. it makes it so much easier for micro$haft to *cough* *cough* (get their money!)… communicate with these individuals, that buy their products.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Cheese of Borg


    I would call you something… but I don’t think I need to.

    Look at it this way, if microsoft DOES “spy on people” we can sue the fuck out of them.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    @7 this isn’t as easy as the mcdonald coffee episode, so im sure you will have a very hard time to sue the prism.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Bam007

    @ps3fanboy – it’s called getting with the times. QR code has become popular thanks to smart phones and it makes things a lot easier. But of course, you have nothing better to do than support the site and its articles by spewing your crap on every Xbox article, so I’ll let you get back under the bridge.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Ekona

    Genius idea. Finally we can spend more time gaming than typing stupid codes in!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. CyberMarco

    Nice addition but lol to the people who whine about the 12-digits and a couple of minutes that takes to input a DLC code.

    Lazy people these days…

    #11 1 year ago
  12. deeboy17

    This is sweet. Sometimes putting in a 25 digit code is a waste of time. Time that could be used for gaming instead.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Keivz

    Neat idea if it works quickly. And I suspect using smartglass your smartphone would require many extra steps.

    #13 1 year ago

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