what you need to know
- Microsoft’s new AI-powered Bing search engine is currently in preview.
- Today, Microsoft showed how this new tool will be able to provide better answers to gaming questions, like how to defeat a boss or how to get specific game recommendations that suit your preferences.
- This new version of Bing will also ask follow-up questions to your own questions to better narrow down the most useful answers.
- To gain access, users must first register on the waiting list.
Microsoft’s new Bing Chat AI has gotten a lot of attention recently, as the software company has been showing off its chops and practical uses. These new features have obviously impressed a lot of people, as Microsoft Bing recently surpassed 100 million daily active users for the first time.
This morning, the company released a Player’s Guide (opens in a new tab) explaining how to use the new AI-powered Bing to get more accurate and detailed answers to gaming questions in a way we’ve never seen before.
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Microsoft gave some examples of the types of video game questions users might ask. Bing can even give users specific game recommendations based on their unique tastes. For example, you can ask which of the best Xbox Game Pass games you would enjoy the most. Additional sample questions ranged from getting specific help with a video game, finding other video game recommendations, and even getting tangential information like “How do I make a cake like the one in Portal?”
Some additional questions were:
- “Tell me about the best cyberpunk-style RPGs on Xbox.”
- “Tell me about the best action games that are 10 hours or less.”
- “Tell me about the best games with a female lead on Xbox.”
- “What equipment should I use in war zone 2.0 multiplayer?
- “Which is the best Overwatch character for me?
- “What are the best advantages to use in cyberpunk 2077?”
- “What Xbox Game Pass games could I enjoy?”
- “Where can I find the blue alien lady in mass effect 3?”
- Where can I find a list of fallout 3 missions beginning with the letter J?
- “How do I make a toy sword based on a design found on skyrim?”
- “How do I prepare a meal based on the ramen recipes found on Yakuza: Like a Dragon?”
In the images provided, Bing was able to respond with detailed information about the specific queries that were posed to it. Users can also request more details about Bing’s answers, and the AI should be able to provide additional information on those topics. Perhaps most importantly, Bing should be able to ask clarifying questions to help you narrow down your query. Microsoft listed this question as an example:
“Where can I find that quest that guy is on that did that thing with the flaming sword that time?”, and then went on to say, “(Your follow-up answers will be crucial on something like this!).”
When it comes to liability, Microsoft claims that the new Bing always shows where it got the information from. This is done by placing location indicators within Bing chat responses that correspond to a list of sources at the bottom of the interaction (similar to what you see in professional essays and Wikipedia articles). Theoretically, this should always allow users to click on those sources so they can go to the cited website and get more details about the games they’ve asked about.
Windows Central’s opinion
The most impressive thing about all of this is how vague you can sometimes be with your initial question. We’ve all had times when we tried to look up something but found ourselves lost for the exact wording, have a fuzzy recollection of what we want to learn, or find the topic we want information about hard to find. describe. Having a smart search engine that can ask the right questions to guide us to a better general question will be a huge step forward.
On the other hand, AI-powered Bing could have far-reaching negative effects, such as reducing the need for jobs that many people who contribute to websites currently have (game guide writers come to mind). Granted, this sort of thing is typically what always happens when there are big advances in technology. However, it is also possible that Bing could end up being your own worst enemy.
It is important that users hold Microsoft accountable for accurately displaying Bing feeds so that those websites can continue to receive traffic for the information they have provided. Less traffic to a website tends to lead to fewer writers on that website, and if fewer sites provide correct information, then Bing will have less of a database to pull from, and therefore might be less useful.
The new AI-powered Bing is currently in preview and only those who make it to the waiting list (opens in a new tab) get a chance to interact with him at this point. If you’re curious to check it out, be sure to sign up.