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Xbox One Kinect will support QR code scanning for token redemption

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Xbox One's next-generation Kinect camera will support scanning of QR codes allowing users to easily redeem lengthy codes and confirm digital game downloads, Microsoft confirmed with Polygon.

"As confirmed by Marc Whitten on Twitter, Kinect on Xbox One will allow our customers to redeem QR codes and confirm digital game downloads," a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon. "The technological advancements of Kinect for Xbox One allows for a much deeper integration on our platform and we're excited to share more about new Kinect capabilities in the coming months."

News about the next-generation sensor's ability arose yesterday when Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox Live, tweeted confirmation of the hardware's new feature in response to an image posted on Reddit. The image, depicting the Xbox One Kinect, stated: "If you're going to require this thing, then at least give us this option to enter our 15 codes that come with new games."

With Microsoft's current system, if users wish to redeem a code for a game, downloadable content or other digital items, they are required to enter in a string of umpteen characters using the systems controller, an Xbox 360 Chatpad or supported keyboard.

The new sensor supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second, a 60 percent wider field of view and will work in dark rooms using infrared technology. Through new "time of flight" technology, the sensor is able to measure the time it takes for photons to bounce off players. It also has the ability to read a person's balance, the transfer of weight and measure a heartbeat during exercise.

In a document addressing privacy concerns that the console requires the accessory to be plugged in, Microsoft stated last month that Xbox One's Kinect camera and microphone will not record or upload users conversations.