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Report | Kinect 2 Patent Hints At Visual DRM: "The Users Consuming The Content Are Monitored"

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Jonathan Lester
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Kinect 2, Microsoft, Patent, Report, Xbox One

Report | Kinect 2 Patent Hints At Visual DRM: "The Users Consuming The Content Are Monitored"

"Remedial Action May Be Taken"

Kinect 2 is a core part of the Xbox One experience; always-connected, always listening out for voice commands and always watching. However, a patent for the device suggests that it can also be used to monitor how many people are looking at a piece of content such as a video or TV show, so the copyright holder can set a maximum viewer restriction... followed by "remedial action" if it's exceeded.

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Sony Patents Anti Pre-Owned Game NFC Tech

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Patent, Pre-owned games, PS4, Rumour, Sony, Used games

Sony Patents Anti Pre-Owned Game NFC Tech

A recently-discovered patent suggests that Sony is keen to suppress the pre-owned games market, potentially using Near Field Communication to tether game discs to specific consoles. Like, just for example... the PS4?

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Sony Patents Fingerprint, DNA & Biometric Identification Tech

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Biometrics, creepy much?, DNA, Minority Report, Patent, Sony

Sony Patents Fingerprint, DNA & Biometric Identification Tech

The Ultimate DRM?

Sony has patented a futuristic device that can identify players by scanning their fingerprints, biometric data, voice pattern and even DNA during "normal operation;" built directly into handsets, controllers and even PC mice.

This has major applications for targeted in-game and dashboard advertising, but could it also be the future of DRM?

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Microsoft Patent Reveals A Gaming Holodeck, Sort Of

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3D gaming, Kinect, Microsoft, Next-gen, Patent

Microsoft Patent Reveals A Gaming Holodeck, Sort Of

Microsoft has filed a patent for a 360 degree interactive display that projects entire game worlds across the walls of your lounge. Integrated 3D Glasses would allow users to see three-dimensional 'holograms' within the room itself and interact with them in-game, thanks to Kinect 2.0's depth-sensing tech.

This might sound like Star Trek: The Next Generation rather than the next console generation (groan), but we've got the details after the break.

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