Finally, we'll soon be able to yell at our television screens and have them respond... if the rumors about the Xbox 720 including a voice control feature similar to Apple's Siri are true.
Yesterday came word that the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft would update Kinect and require a constant Internet connection to function. Such integrated broadband dependence could have something to do with a report from the Verge today that Microsoft's next game console could feature Siri-esque voice control. Popular voice activated personal assistants like Siri and Google Now require a connection to the cloud, where the voice recognition and processing is actually performed.
For some time now we've been hearing about the upcoming battle for control of our living rooms, and lots of rumors have centered on an anticipated move by Apple to try and conquer another domain of digital life with the introduction of an Apple HDTV set.
After years of these rumblings, no such device exists and now it appears Microsoft could be making a play for the sofa space by being the first big-name tech company willing to respond to agitated demands to "change the damn channel off that crap."
Of course, this is rumor at this point and Microsoft doesn't even acknowledge that the Xbox 720 is a real thing.
"We do not comment on rumors or speculation," a Microsoft rep told CNET sister site GameSpot this week. "We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time."
This could all change in the coming weeks, as there is word the Xbox 720 reveal could happen as soon as next month. Until then, we're stuck with stony analog silence in response to our shouts at the television.