CONTROL IS ALL IN THE VOICE
KINECT for Xbox 360 is designed to replace a game controller, but it can also replace a remote control. The game accessory can
recognise voice commands such as ‘‘Xbox
play’’ and ‘‘Xbox pause’’ when screening films and trailers from the Xbox movie rental service.
Next year these commands will also be able to control TV. Foxtel launched a streaming TV service delivered through Xbox 360 consoles last week, offering a 11-channel
contract-free subscription for $19.95 per month, and additional channel packs. Foxtel product development executive director Patrick Delany says the company will upgrade the service to
include TV voice commands ’’before the middle of next year’’.
Xbox 360 Foxtel subscriptions require a 1.5Mbps connection to stream live TV and users must have an Xbox Live