Two Console Stories with NFC and QR Codes

Video games are getting smarter and they are going wireless.

Is it any surprise that video game console manufacturers are using connectivity technologies such as QR codes and near-field communication?

For instance, Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad makes use of NFC to add value to the controller. Granted that there is only one game available that makes use of the NFC functions built into the Wii U: Pokemon Rumble U. It involves real life toys that you can connect to the game. All you have to do is to tap the toy to your controller and it shows up in the game as your character. You can wait for the characters while you play the game, but buying the NFC figures will give you a stronger version of the character, making your game a little bit easier.

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And then there is the Xbox One. When Xbox One was launched, the console was snatched by over one million people on its first day alone. Not bad, considering that the only people who got the consoles are those who pre-ordered them.

As you all know, the Xbox One is featuring the new achievements setup. There are in-game achievements and media achievements. Another is the special Day One achievement.

Now this Day One achievement and a different controller are given only to those who pre-ordered. Sort of a special surprise for them. The Day One achievement is unlocked by scanning a QR code that is included in the box.

It used to be that people needed to use their controllers to enter long codes. Now all you have to do is to scan the QR code using your Kinect.

Some people are reportedly selling the achievement on eBay for an average of $40. The funny thing is that some of these sellers are showing the QR codes with their pictures. Here’s to hoping nobody would scan those pictures and unlock the achievement without having to pay for it!

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