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Published May 21, 2015

During an interview with Games Radar, the head of the Xbox Division – Phil Spencer – admitted that the Kinect is not essential on the Xbox One for most core gaming experiences, but is still a powerful tool with a lot of potential.

Phil Spencer went on to state that the Kinect is a way to enhance the experience on the Xbox One. That if used in certain gaming titles it can be used as an enhancer, and is a great tool in the non-gaming entertainment offerings on the Xbox One. While Triple-A game titles may not make the best use of the technology, the Kinect does have value.

He explains “The teams continue to look at ways that Kinect makes the entertainment experience better. I’d say the area that hasn’t really landed – and I don’t know if it will – is, ‘Is Kinect integral to all of the core gaming scenarios on our console in terms of minute-to-minute gameplay?’ There are genres where Kinect works really well, but if you’re playing Halo or Call Of Duty, there’s not really a scenario that says, ‘Hey, I need a Kinect.’ There is a lot of excitement, and there are still announcements to come about what people are doing with it. But [Kinect’s] place will be earned through the experiences that are out there and the developers that show interest. We will continue to build functionality through voice and using the RGB and depth cameras, and we’ll stay focused on that, but giving the consumers choice is pretty critical.

Thoughts:

Seems like Xbox hasn’t given up on the Kinect as of yet, and trying to find ways to live up to the promises made years ago. Though, they are many who enjoy the Kinect as an easy way to navigate thought many of the non-gaming aspects of the Xbox One currently. Especially in regards to voice commands.

Do you own a Kinect, and what do you use it for? Let me know in the comments.

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