Xbox LIVE and the services it offers have a come a long way in the last few years. Netflix, Zune, Sky TV, Facebook, amongst others, are all services that the Xbox has embraced and offer its users. Dennis Durkin of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business told the BMO Capital Markets conference
in New York that Kinect would open up even more surprising opportunities for the platform holder.
"I think what we've found is the core gamer may have been the person who brought the box into the house, but as you add new experiences and broader content choices for other members of the house, they come and use the system."
"We can track some of that usage as it relates to broader family members in the house. Kinect actually brings an interesting opportunity as it relates to that. Obviously with Kinect, it has facial recognition, voice recognition... we can cater what content gets presented to you based on who you are."
So what he is saying is that the Kinect could recognise you and alter its settings accordingly, offering users a favourites list.
"Your wife in the future might get a different set of content choices than you, because we have a smart device that knows her preferences are different than yours. Those are the kinds of things that, when you add this new sensor into the equation, there's a bunch of business opportunities that also come with that."
I guess the Kinect was only ever going to be the start of something bigger. It looks like the 5 year console cycle
might have, at last, been broken. So make sure you're comfortable, hold on tight and enjoy the ride as this might be the longest generation of consoles we have ever experienced...