The next version of Microsoft's highly popular motion sensing gaming platform Kinect will be powerful enough to read users lips and detect their moods.
A member of the Kinect development team has told Eurogamer that Kinect 2 will be bundled with Xbox consoles and will feature improved motion sensing and voice recognition capabilities.
According to the development sources, the Kinect 2 will be powerful enough to determine what the users are saying by reading their lip movement and will be able to determine which direction they are facing.
The device will also be capable of reading and analysing a gamer's voice pitch, volume and facial characteristics to determine their mood. Kinect 2 will come with a higher resolution and more frames per second, which would let it feed more data to the Xbox console.
"It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?", the Eurogamer source said.
The rumour mills are also reporting that Microsoft plans to launch two versions of the next generation Xbox console, a cheaper stripped down version and a more premium priced version with additional functionality.