Looking for something? Xbox can now find it. Just say Bing.
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Microsoft has just announced voice search on Xbox 360 with Bing, which will allow searches of entertainment games, movies, TV shows, sports, adding on from Kinect’s ‘play’ command.
Bing on Xbox provides live searches, Foxtel content for Australians as well as US movie streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN and Xbox LIVE Marketplace to command any entertainment instantly just by talking.
And it’s part of the aim to make Xbox a formidable entertainment hub in the living room.
“This year, we are transforming how people enjoy entertainment,” declared Don Mattrick, president of Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft.
“Add to that the success of controller-free Kinect and a burgeoning entertainment portfolio, and Xbox 360 is evolving into an all-in-one hub for the living room.
This latest tool for X Box will show rivals Microsoft “has a deep bench,” said another Xbox exec at the E3 announcement.
And Xbox 360 is all set for another record year, to go from being the top selling console in North America to the number one globally, says Microsoft.
And last year, Kinect released at E3 2010, became the fastest-selling electronic device in history.
New 360 titles were also flagged including the latest installments of: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” “Gears of War,” “Forza Motorsport,” and “Fable: The Journey,” a new extension of the Fable franchise that will take advantage of Kinect technology.
Today’s E3 keynote also included world-premiere trailers for the next Halo games and for a new Kinect-powered historical Roman epic called “Ryse,” created by developer Crytek.
Fans got glimpses of two new games from perhaps the most beloved Xbox game franchise, Halo.
And Kinect lovers were also given a taste of what’s to come including follow ups to Dance Central allowing dancers go head to head simultanously and Kinect Sports Season Two includes new activities – skiing, American football, darts, golf, baseball and tennis.
In addition to celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Xbox console with the release of a re-mastered version of “Halo Combat Evolved,”expect to see Halo 4 in 2012.