The Xbox One console wins the prize for most privacy invading console.

Posted: May 27, 2013. At: 7:10 PM. This was 4 years ago. Post ID: 5755

The new Xbox One Kinect has a camera that can see in the dark and also is listening with the camera even while the device is supposedly powered down; but still plugged in. That is an obvious privacy risk. What if one is cracked into my someone who wants to spy on a family with the device? This is not the future that we want. The camera will identify foreign people in the room and will ask them to identify themselves before the gaming system will allow anyone to play. This sounds like a spy system that will monitor everything that is happening in the living room or bedroom whilst it is plugged in and working. And you can not easily use second hand games. The system will not use older Xbox 360 games either. It is better to play games on a PC. You can play older games like Quake on Linux with the Quakespasm source port. Use the sudo apt-get install quake to install this source port on Linux. And the Half Life 2 game is now available for Linux with the release of Linux binaries to allow gamers on Linux to enjoy this awesome game: link. And of course Doom is also available. Type sudo apt-get install freedoom prboom doom-wad-shareware to install a complete Doom game. PC games such as UT 2004 are also playable on Linux with the right binaries. PC gamers do not have to put up with a camera watching them all the time.

Sure; Google are watching your every move on the Internet and recording everything you do; but they are a search engine and archiving and recording information is what they do. But selling a gaming console that records everything you do in front of it is another thing altogether. Better to play PC games. You can create your own maps for games like Quake and Doom as well as UT 2004 and Far Cry. So the PC wins again.

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