Phil Spencer On Kinect: We Won’t Force It On People

“We’re going to continue to focus on making sure it’s a supported part of the platform.”

Posted By | On 06th, Oct. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Industry Personality of the Year 2015 Phil Spencer

The Kinect was one of the big reasons why the Xbox One was priced $100 more than the PlayStation 4. Back in 2013 Microsoft decided to compulsorily bundle the Kinect with the Xbox One which pushed the price of the console to $499. However in a matter of months, Microsoft decided to decouple Kinect from the console due to negative reception and slow sales.

In other words, Microsoft’s priorities changed and they started to focus on games and left the Kinect behind. And it seems this will continue to be so in the future. In an interview with Gamespot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer explained that they will still support Kinect where it makes sense. For example, the Xbox One S does not have a Kinect port although users can buy an additional adapter if they are interested in using the device. And then there is the upcoming Cortana support for the Xbox One which will be dependent on Kinect. However Microsoft does not plan to make it a requirement, at least for the time being.

“It’s kind of like any technology in our ecosystem–its success and popularity will come from how people use it. And I like what Kinect brought to the 360, I like some of the games that have come to the Xbox One. We’re going to continue to focus on making sure it’s a supported part of the platform, but we also won’t force it on people and say that we’re somehow going to make it something that’s a required part of the platform,” he stated in the interview.

Well, I guess it more or less means that Kinect is no longer the priority for team am Xbox, and that in my opinion is the right call, specially given Microsoft’s recent initiatives such as the Play Anywhere feature.

Are you disappointed by the lack of Kinect support on the Xbox One?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • -youjustgotburned-

    Little by little Microsoft will make the Kinect disappear with another product be it a VR, Hololens or something else that could attract the attention of gamers.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I think they could replace it with a man-size Phil Spencer self inflating bedtime buddy blow up doll, wearing an undersized Battletoads T-shirt, and most of you dudes would forget the Kinect ever existed. The first 500 people to retweet his very next tweet will get one for free!

    • -youjustgotburned-

      1/10 Keep thinking.

  • TPoppaPuff

    But they damn well better support it by having a Kinect port on the Scorpio or I’m gonna be pissed. Besides, what better camera for the inevitable Rift support than the most robust game camera on the market?

  • Mr Xrat

    Hence the lack of Kinect port on the Xbone S and complete lack of anything to use Kinect with other than clumsy use of the UI. Keep trying, Lyin’ Phil.

    • Indeed, his equivocating and lip-service about Kinect is only further damaging his credibility. It’s completely unacceptable for a company to market a product as “Kinect is Xbox One”, deliver an experience full of rich Kinect features (at launch) and then, after taking customers’ money, forcibly removing those features later on. That’s anti-consumeristic garbage. Phil took the most interesting thing about Xbox One, threw it under the buss, and ended up with a boring clone of the boring PS4.

    • XanderZane41

      He said it will still be supported. How did you miss that part. Like 95% of the gamers who got an XB1 didn’t want the Kinect, so.. you’re really in the minority. Not sure if they will have the port for the Scorpio. Probably not. Oculus Rift & Vive doesn’t need a camera like PSVR does. If they are going to release Hololens on Scorpio, they will need the Kinect though.

    • crazy_black_man-

      He also said you would need to own an Xbox One to play Quantum Break. It sounds like he could talk you into anything. Here’s a tip Captain Gullible…don’t ever accept a drink from Phil Cosby.

    • They haven’t released a Kinect game since 2014, haven’t mentioned it a game conference since 2014, forcibly removed Kinect gestures, and have only included it in 1 of their past 20 bundles. And your reply is “He said it will still be supported”. No offense, but have you been hibernating since 2014? It’s 2016 now.

      Your fabricated statistic is cute and all, but it’s a fallacy: it doesn’t matter what percentage of gamers wanted Kinect–all that matters is that more than 0.0% of gamers wanted it (this is a fact) and made their purchasing decisions based on microsoft’s lies about it.

      HoloLens is a standalone device.

    • red2k

      Your suggestion is incorrect Xbox One uses Kinect via USB…..

  • XanderZane41

    I still use Kinect for Cortana and Redeeming codes. I’m disappointed they didn’t make any really innovative games using it. Many of the sports games still support it in some way. The problem is Don Mattrix wanted to use the Kinect to control all the TV and Media functions, instead of games. When people saw that, they didn’t want Kinect anymore. It still works great for Dance Central, Kinect Sports, Fruit Ninja 2 and Fantasia: Music Evolved. We didn’t get much else.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Don’t come here crying. Go to Xbox One Reddit if you need a hug and a reach around.

  • Pablo Somarriba

    Kinect is a great device, but Microsoft should never force gamers to use it. Personal I like it.

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