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Xbox One Kinect Can Unlock Achievements For Smiling & Playing With Your Eyes Closed, Says Ubisoft

Jonathan Lester
Achievements, Just Dance 2014, Kinect, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Xbox One

Xbox One Kinect Can Unlock Achievements For Smiling & Playing With Your Eyes Closed, Says Ubisoft
Xbox One's Kinect sensor is capable of an extraordinary level of fidelity and resolution, down to recognising facial expressions. Theodor Diea, international product manager for Just Dance 2014, explained to us that Ubisoft have actually experimented with a range of ways to take advantage of this enhanced accuracy - including some bizarre achievement rewards.

"Essentially the leap you see in technology is like the PS1 to PS2, like, for graphics," Diea told Dealspwn.com at a preview event earlier this year. "You have that same kind of difference in what Kinect can do on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It's leaps and bounds above what it could do before."

"We're able to track up to six players with the Xbox One, so we have six different unique choreographies. It lets us do things like getting our players to make a human pyramid, we've been exploring achievements specifically with the camera. Nothing's set yet, we were trying different things out, but we've had tests work out pretty well where, like, you get an achievement for smiling when you see your first Autodance. You can track emotions with that."

"We've got another one we've been playing around with: complete a routine with five stars and have your eyes closed the entire time."

I asked whether expression recognition could be more heavily factored into games or even collated as useful metrics, but Diea suggested that the human side of the equation is too unpredictable for that.

"The problem with emotions, reading emotions with cameras when you do tracking, is that some people have a great time with a frown on their face. It's really hard to analyse that because it involves different expressions on faces... it doesn't always match up."

He's not wrong. Speaking of people who "have a great time with a frown on their face" while playing Just Dance 2014, let's post this just once more for the road...

What crazy Kinect-powered achievements would you like to see on the Xbox One? Keep it clean...

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Late  Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:46

Heh - makes for some interesting options.
Secret achievements for "flipping the bird" at any member of the Belic family who turn up in GTA6, wearing purple whilst playing Saints Row 5, high-fiving your co-op partner while your characters are high-fiving in Portal 3, keeping your hands out of your pants whilst playing as Kasumi in Dead or Alive.

That'd get annoying for achievement hunters, mind. Which is fine by me :D

Doesn't just need to be achievements, of course. Could be game control stuff. Close one eye to fast-snap your sniper rifle scope. Bring the female lead character back to life if you cry when she dies in Final Fantasy 18 (I lose track where they're up to but there's a decent chance the female lead dies).

stevenjameshyde  Nov. 12, 2013 at 13:16

Achievement unlocked - complete Psycho Break on the hardest difficulty without your heart rate rising above 100 bpm. Or perhaps complete a round of CoD multiplayer without swearing at some camping ~@!*@#!

I like the control ideas - when playing Far Cry 3 I got a button prompt to "press L3 to hold breath" while looking down a sniper scope. Why not just actually hold my breath?

MattGardner  Nov. 12, 2013 at 13:20

Fistbumping oscar mikes in any FPS ever.

DivideByZero  Nov. 12, 2013 at 14:28

Not going to make tea during long cut-scenes?

Actually teabagging during Halo online?

Not rolling your eyes at 720p "Next-Gen" graphics?

No visible PS4 controller in shot?

stevenjameshyde  Nov. 12, 2013 at 15:22

I hear it'll be able to detect the exact moment your eyes glaze over during a Phantom Pain cutscene

Breadster  Nov. 12, 2013 at 18:00

I think there's enough pointless achievements as it is, I hate it when you start a game and get like 5 "achievements" in a matter of minutes for things like jumping or killing your first enemy. People seem to have forgotten what "achievement" means.

Still, this is interesting, I like their idea of completing a routine with your eyes closed. I wonder if you could actually fully control a game, or at least an element of it with your eyes alone.

It would be cool playing SCP Containment Breach and having your actual blinking control the in-game blinking.


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