Xbox One Without Kinect Prompts Devs to Make More Games – Phil Harrison

Microsoft European Studios head says the publisher is still committed to Kinect though.

Posted By | On 23rd, May. 2014 Under News


Microsoft will be selling a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One for $399 from June 9th onwards, satiating many a gamer’s demand for a price drop (along with angering many an early adopter). In conversation with OXM during a preview event in London, Microsoft European Studios chief Phil Harrison talked about how this decision will ultimately result in developers making more games for the Xbox One.

“Last week we made a very significant announcement about giving gamers a choice, a choice about how they want to enter the Xbox One ecosystem, by offering them a version of Xbox One both with and without Kinect.

“And fundamentally that is good for opening up the Xbox One ecosystem – the more consumers who buy Xbox One, it’s a virtuous cycle for more developers to make and more consumers to play games, and that is what we’re committed to achieving and continuing.

“But we remain committed to Kinect as the premium way to experience the Xbox One vision. Over 80 per cent of Kinect Xbox Ones are active, over 120 voice commands are issued per day on average by all users of the console, so when you have this premium experience that is where the Xbox One comes alive.”

Kinect has already been announced to retail separately for the console this Autumn, though pricing details are yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for Microsoft’s E3 media briefing on June 9th for more information.

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  • ME3X12

    MS getting ready to drop the Nuke on Sony

    • ps4lol

      Mental illness, time for your pills.

  • AmUnRa

    Dude keep dreaming keep dreaming

    • ME3X12

      It’s going to be to easy for MS the rest of this gen. Sony is broke the PS4 is becoming mainly an indie box. If you want the most and best big budget first party titles you got to get an X1

    • ps4lol

      Mental illness, time for your pills.

      PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. Sony still has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games. PS4 will make a net profit, Sony won’t go bankrupt. I’m constantly right, as usual.

    • ME3X12

      Aww are we copying an pasting again your same comment from other topics. Your such a tool. By the way Delay Club is at a laughable 30fps LMFAO!!!

    • ps4lol

      Xbox is so underpowered it would run driveclub at 15 fps. Keep crying at facts and reality.

    • Creighton Linza

      I consider DriveClub in the same ballpark as NFS:Rivals, which also ran at 30fps. Neither are a sim like Forza or Gran Turismo, so 60fps honestly isn’t even remotely needed.

      Also, if you look at the previous generation’s first party exclusives, both in terms of numbers as well as overall reviews, PlayStation wins out hands-down. Not saying that this won’t change this generation, it’s just way too soon to say such a thing (and post that fanboy image).

  • GuardiansFan

    i’m not a fan of them dropping the Kinect by not making it mandatory anymore. The Kinect was one of the main reasons I chose the Xbox one over the PS4. I figure we would see some pretty cool (and different) games. As a gamer I personally do not limit myself to just the same crap over and over again (which is why i like Nintendo…people might be tired of Mario Games but there is always something different in them that makes them worth playing).

    Thank god at least (so far) the xbox one has had the better games over the ps4 or i would be completely pissed right now.

  • Michael Norris

    Kinect= Fail,I feel for those who bought the console.Not much use for it anymore.


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