Xbox One Dev Justifies The Inclusion of Kinect In Every Box, Is An Integral Part of The Experience

‘It is an integral part of the Xbox One experience’

Yesterday a Xbox One developer conducted an AMA on Reddit and revealed tons of new information about Mircosoft’s upcoming next generation console.

Microsoft had announced that the Kinect will be included with every box. This obviously is one of the reasons why the Xbox One is priced higher than its competitor the PS4 by a margin of $100.

However, the developers thinks that the inclusion of Kinect in every box will give developers the freedom to include unique functionality in to their games.

“The goal with having a Kinect ship with every Xbox is to guarantee to game developers if they implement Kinect features into their games, everyone who has an Xbox will be able to experience it. I often see people dismiss the Kinect instantly because they haven’t seen it work like I have. It is an integral part of the Xbox One experience,” he said.

He also believes that from a user point of view it would be great if the Kinect did not had an always plugged in requirement, however he thinks it will undermine the above mentioned guarantee to the game developers.

“The number of features on the Xbox One that uses the Kinect is almost too many to count. I can’t imagine using the console without it. To me, I see two ways to deal with this.

  • Not require the Kinect to be always plugged in and have all these features turned off by default.
  • Enable these features by default and turn them off if people choose to turn off the Kinect.

The first choice would undermine our guarantee to game developers.”

You can read the entire AMA here. The Xbox One releases later this year.


  • Firebird

    Sorry M$, waving my hands in the air to reload or touch my face to activate something is not an “integral part” of my gaming experience. I also don’t find “fumbling” for the remote to be too big of a deal.
    What I do find a big deal is your friendship with NSA and bundling something that is always going to be watching me. Paying an extra $100 for a brick that will never be used, that is an issue for me as well. I need two consoles so by switching to PS4, I basically save 50% of the price of one.

    • spideynut71

      Stop playing with yourself and little boys, and you have nothing to worry about.

    • Aanack

      In that case firebird, get rid of your smartphone, laptop with embedded camera, and rid yourself of the nuisance of being a part of the modern world. It seems that you don’t understand that the US government have been forcing legitimate American businesses to participate in violating our privacy for quiet a while now. As disgusting as it is, if the US government asked for info, by law these businesses must oblige. This is not a MS thing, and for your info every business that collect some kind of data on us are in on it. So don’t go around pretending that it’s only MS because I know you know better. But then again, maybe not.

    • Jim Neerland

      No, the Sony fanboys are blind to this fact. Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and a few other companies participated in the whole NSA thing, but you don’t hear people pissing and moaning about their iPhone or Android phone watching them.

    • salim

      But sony don’t work for the government. …

    • Jim Neerland

      Neither does Microsoft, but when a US company is told to do something by a US Government Agency, they can’t just be like, “nah… I don’t wanna” and flip them off. I’m just confounded by the hypocrisy of Sony fans when you know you won’t delete your facebook, or toss your Android phone away even though they get your data as well, but Microsoft you go apeshit over.

    • salim

      Then you’ve been missing many thing

    • Jim Neerland

      How do I even respond to that, it makes no sense. I like turtles.

    • Sheldon

      If you have a smart phone or cell phone, you should throw it away. You can be spied on with that too.

  • deeboy17

    I personally love Kinect. It’s a pretty cool piece of technology. I use it as an alternative to my controller or remote to glide through the interface. Hopefully next Gen they will find better ways to implement it into games. I had a blast on mass effect 3 and Skyrim using Kinect this Gen. The voice command for both games made them a lot easier to use. I’m hoping to see more Kinect games that use most of the capabilities of it. Games like fable the journey felt like it was made just to show you the Kinect possibilities but didn’t deliver because of lag and a diluted uninteresting story. I’m hoping with better tech comes better opportunities and more creativity.

  • TonkaTuck

    I don’t want those “features” or the camera/microphone they’re for. Get that through your thick skulls. As long as kinect is required, I will never buy this monstrosity for that sole reason.

  • Skeet

    The voice commands alone make Kinect a worthwhile investment. I remember playing SOCOM Navy Seals on the PS2 and although the voice commands were rarely understood and it was very limited, it opened up a whole new world of controls. Realistically, on a control pad you have two thumbsticks and two other buttons you can use at the same time. And with action heavy games you rarely can afford the opportunity to take your thumbs off the sticks, making ABXY redundant.
    Voice commands open up a whole new control experience with limitless potential.
    The Kinect camera also allows for a new dimension in controls. How many people lean to the side to try and get a peak round a corner or over something. Kinect will allow those natural uncontrollable movements to have a reaction on screen. No longer will people be laughing at you for swaying from side to side in your chair as it will be an active part of the gameplay.
    I think I’m right that Kinect can also recognise up to 16 people at once? but even if its only 4. the fact that with PS4 you need a controller to be recognised by their camera means spending another $150 on top of having to buy the EyeToy and with those move controller wands adds another couple of hundred bucks to get the full experience from it with 4 people, whereas with the Kinect all you need is yourself.
    Once Devs start making use of the Kinect there will be a large Gap opening up between PS4 and XB1. XB1 will be the new Wii, PS4 will be the new XB360, Wii U, through their lack of any marketing and failure to bring many games to the table, will be the new DreamCast.
    Xbox 1 is a multimedia toy, with the added bonus of being a high spec games console. PS4 is looking to be a dedicated games machine. People want toys, and people far outweigh gamers.

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