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Microsoft Do The Impossible, Usefully Implement QR Codes

Matt Gardner
Microsoft, QR codes, Xbox Live, Xbox One

Microsoft have done the seemingly impossible. Ever since their inception, QR codes have been ridiculed, sneered at in the playground, and consigned to he rubbish tip for fads that were never as cool as the person who dreamed them up thought they were.

But now it seems as though the Redmond company have found a use for the scrambled boxes of coded information: replacing typed codes for digital software offerings on Xbox One.

Posting on Twitter, the head of Xbox Live, Marc Whitten, linked to a meme asking imploring Microsoft to implement QR code scanning via Kinect rather than laboriously hammering in a 25-digit code every time we want to redeem something.

Microsoft Do The Impossible, Usefully Implement QR Codes

He then confirmed Kinect would support the feature (see above).

What's that? Microsoft announced a cool feature in a no-nonsense, crystal clear, understandable fashion that made us happy and took advantage of internet memes? We're as pleasantly surprised as you are.


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Tsung  Jul. 2, 2013 at 13:36

*Cynical* Don't forget they were also going to give you Halo 3 and Assassins Creed 2 for July gold members :P

This does seem an obvious use of the camera + QR codes.

Last edited by Tsung, Jul. 2, 2013 at 13:36
RiKx  Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:07

well in that case I will have my login info tattooed on my forehead so I don't even have to tell xbone who I am....

Oh no wait, what was that about facial recognition


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