The 22cans founder, Fable creator and former Microsoft employee Peter Molyneux has explained his opinion that Kinect technology for the Xbox One ‘feels more and more like a joke to me.’ Molyneux explained that, ‘My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn’t work. They could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect]. I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.'
Molyneux’s description of Kinect as ‘an unnecessary add-on’ coincided neatly with the April release of Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One, a game that looked set to show off everything that could be accomplished with the technology bundled into the Kinect. Although reviewers have praised the areas that the game tackles well, they have also highlighted widespread issues with the hardware or the software driving it. The sensor technology may have improved since the Kinect Mark One, but there are still moments where it reads your limbs in completely the wrong position or suggests that you are making a move that’s completely different to your own motion. Other reviewers mentioned the fact that the new Kinect still seems to struggle if you don’t have a lounge the size of a small sports hall.
All in all it’s not been a great week for the Kinect, even with Microsoft Studios Corporate Vice President, Phil Spencer, suggesting that, ‘There are a number of games on the ID@Xbox program that use Kinect, and you’ll see more games in the fall.’ This suggests that it’s unlikely that we’ll see a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle anytime soon, no matter what Molyneux might say.
Would you be more likely to buy the Xbox One if the Kinect was an optional extra? How do you get on with the sensor technology? Have your say in the comments below.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 04/10/2014