New Xbox One Experience Removes All Kinect Based UI Navigation

Phil Spencer, Vanquisher of Kinect.

Posted By | On 11th, Nov. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Even as the Kinect basically died a slow death for games, it remained useful to multiple Xbox One owners as it provided for some easy and highly intuitive navigation of the Xbox One UI, which had been made for Kinect based interactions anyway. However, now it will be losing even that final bit of usefulness, as the New Xbox One Experience dispenses with all Kinect based navigation anyway.

“On gestures, when we looked at the New Xbox One Experience, we wanted to prioritize features that customers were asking for, plus areas of improvement from the existing Xbox One UI,”Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra told WindowsCentral. “Then, we wanted to look at the use-case model of features that take a lot of investment and say, ‘Is it worth continuing to invest in that area?’

“With gestures, the reality was the usage was very, very low,” he said. “So for now, we’ve cut that from the New Xbox One Experience. So when we launch, they won’t be in the product. We’ll continue to monitor and listen to feedback to see if people want them in.”

Microsoft also clarified that the aim of the new update was speed.

“Gesture controls for navigating the dashboard were removed to focus on fan-requested features resulting in a faster and more social Xbox One experience,” a representative said to Gamespot. “Kinect motion detection continues to be available for Kinect-enabled games, biometric sing-in, and video calls with Skype for Xbox One.”

So… yeah, guys, Kinect is even more useless now.

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  • Triton

    Gesture control was a great option.
    I didnt use it often but I did sometimes while scrolling Netflix and such things when the controller had low battery.

  • Jacob S

    Kinects death has been a kick in the balls to all the day one and early adopters of X1… Limbo wasn’t enough for the MS Kinect back stab.

    • Gamez Rule

      I believe due to the original MS policies and their poor decisions over Xbone it was a sinking ship even before it was released into the world. And IMO Xbone has lost its identity due to many policy changes just like the above features being removed, ect

      Remember when Xbox’s UK marketing director Harvey Eagle has said that the console will not function without Kinect connected. “Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes,” he said. ( So not true ☺ )

      MS dropped the ball with this when selling Xbone without Kinect because when you think of it a lot of the user Interface that’s built to work around it stops. Now after this feature being removed ( unless using a game of watching a movie ) Xbone just become an Xbox360 with a blu-ray drive☺

    • Rodney Patrick

      It’s obvious you don’t have an Xbox!! you are still able to navigate the new dash with voice commands.they only took out hand gestures

    • Gamez Rule

      A Microsoft representative stated…”Kinect motion detection continues to be available for Kinect-enabled
      games, biometric sing-in, and video calls with Skype for Xbox One”. BUT still leaves a feature being removed that people bought the Xbone

      Oh and yes you’re right… I wouldn’t buy an Xbone after the way MS wanted to take gaming as we knew it away from us. Not allowing to share games, not allowed to sell our games to anyone else, not allowed to play offline, Kinect always on with always online, etc etc..

      Granted MS had no choice but to change policies after the backlashing they received from the public and media but still I wouldn’t buy that product knowing MS wanted to kill gaming as we knew it.

      ( I have supported MS with XBOX / 360 since day one releases ) and am still a gold member using 360 to this day BUT I will not support MS by buying their Xbone product due to the above reason and so many more. And to be honest I’m not the only one doing so when looking at sales from both MS and Sony consoles.

  • Rodney Patrick

    I’m in the Xbox preview program,had the new dash for awhile now, and what gamingbolt fail to tell you is that you are still able to navigate the dash with voice commands using the Kinect!

    • Mark

      For anybody that calls Kinect useless….well yeah they don’t have an Xbox


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