When the above image hit Twitter and Reddit yesterday, I found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. This is one of those little, tiny things that should happen with a new generation of consoles. Along with the whole slew of new properties a console ushers in, it should also find ways to raise the bar on the overall experience.
Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten – the same guy that confirmed that time limits on the now-hibernating Family Sharing plan would be “silly” – brings more good news. Yesterday, Whitten tweeted the following:
To my reddit friends — yup — this works! http://t.co/QHnOPZqib1
— Marc Whitten (@notwen) July 1, 2013
Whitten has long been a reliable, if not quiet, voice for Microsoft. With all the poison that escaped from the dearly departed (from Microsoft, anyway) Don Mattrick’s mouth in the last few weeks, these positive tidbits from Whitten are refreshing. They help remind us that, despite some people’s best efforts, there are still humans at Microsoft, along with a lot of good ideas.
I’d like to see this be taken up one more level: we should be able to do this with our SmartGlass devices, all of which have cameras on them. I shouldn’t have to get up to scan this code in. I like to keep my exercise far away from my couch.