Microsoft to Challenge Apple with Xbox Voice Commands for TV

Apple is reported to be working on a whole new concept for TVs. It is rumored that alleged Apple TV would use SIRI technology and would be able to follow voice commands. The TV is likely to be released in late 2012 or early 2013. But looks like, doctor for once, generic Microsoft may manage to beat Apple. The Redmond company has released a new update for Xbox 60. This update will allow you to control your multimedia through Kinect-based voice commands.

Microsoft has also released a number of other updates. Your Xbox 60 would now be able to stream new on demand content from EPIX, sickness Hulu Plus and Netflix. These programs are already available for your consumption, while later this month, about 30 new sources will be included. These sources include Vudu and Verizon FiOS TV.  Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business with Microsoft, said, “A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place — your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports.”

Microsoft also added that now Kinect voice controls are integrated with Bing search. So, now you can use voice search for finding the content. Initially, the search function would be available only in English in the US, Canada and UK. However, if you do not have Kinect, then you can use text search in Xbox LIVE market.



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