Xbox One vs. PS4: Kinect 2.0 Performs Too Well and PS4 Spying on PSN Users?

Behind the eyes of Xbox One KinectMicrosoft's Scott Evans and Kareem Choudhry show off the eyes of the new Xbox One Kinect.2013-10-02T19:30:40.000Z

The video you’ll no doubt view above points to how well the Xbox One’s Kinect 2.0 performs. One user who experienced the camera capabilities of the Kinect 2.0 stated that it can recognize a user’s body parts a bit too well.

The Kinect 2.0 can pinpoint many aspects of the human anatomy. The video seen above provides a great example of what the Kinect 2.0 can display. It’s pretty easy to see how the Xbox One’s motion camera can pick up on what someone’s wearing. It’s all easy to notice that it can also showcase a person’s more distinguishing “body features.”

Mark Wilson of spoke on the amazing visual accuracy of the new Xbox One device:

I noticed, alongside the intricacies of a hoodie and jeans–and there’s no graceful way to put this–a dong. The Kinect hardware/software is now so effective at deciphering the bumps and folds of clothing that it can pinpoint a man’s package down to its pant leg, carving out the distinctive folds in our trousers that society, backed by a bit of shadowy denim, has become remarkable at ignoring.

As increasingly capable technologies become more personal, we’re going to have to think less about what we can do, and more about what we shouldn’t do. Whether it’s Kinect staring at our crotches, Amazon peeking into our buying habits, or Facebook leering at our social life, the technology industry will have to continually strike a design balance between the granular information they see and the information about ourselves that we see.

It sounds like the Kinect 2.0 will display way more parts of the human body that should probably be left to the imagination.

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Is the PS4 Eye Camera watching you while you play?

As for the PS4, new info has surfaced and it points to the next-gen console watching its owners closely too. Sony has updated the PS4’s Software Usage Terms for the impeding release.

One of the newer sections of this online software agreement (Section 14, “Are We Monitoring PSN?” clarifies the PS4’s communication and monitoring practices:

Yes but we can’t monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you.

Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users.

This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

From the looks of things, it appears that Sony is being upfront with its consumers about what it can and will do with the information obtained from PSN users. It’s quite simple, folks – your PS4 isn’t spying on you, but Sony’s taking extra precaution against gamers who participate in more illegal activities.

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