Xbox One can treat a spine as a third thumbstick, says Microsoft

Xbox One can treat a player's spine as a third thumbstick, it has been revealed.

A behind-closed-doors presentation at E3 2013 revealed a tech demo where players leaning while using a controller can be incorporated into a game.

Inspired by how people naturally lean into turning corners when playing racing games, the tech demo had the player shift their torso to the sides while holding an analogue stick in order to avoid advancing enemies.

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Neoninja1583d ago

If true then that is impressive. I said in another comment that I'm still skeptical of the new kinect, but man the things they're claiming it can do.
I hope to see demos kinects functionality before launch.

MariaHelFutura1583d ago

That real question is....Who even want to use their spine as a 3rd thumbstick? It sounds uncomfortable and painful TBH.

Shadonic1583d ago

Only thing your spine or back should be used for with kinect is for moving backwards or turning from left to right if you dont want to use your hands for that.

Dee_911583d ago

lol.. I tend to try to keep my back straight when playing games, because I dont want a bad back when I get older.But this could be incredible with forza, moving around cockpit and stuff

Elit3Nick1583d ago

You're probably overthinking how this will be used, buta really good use for this feature could be peaking around corners in BF4 or COD: Ghosts

Shadow Flare1583d ago

"Xbox One can treat a spine as a third thumbstick, says Microsoft"

Unfortunately this can't be used with Don Mattrick as he is spineless

PtRoLLFacE1583d ago

that's another way of saying you can use your body, i get how they talk about racing i my self lean when cornering, obviously is unconscious natural body movement if they can incorporate that in a game i ll look forward to it

Heartnet1583d ago

Yeh if its done as a main controller but if a game is immersive you will/might move without you knowing and if kinect can pick up on that... crazy

CrossingEden1583d ago

so now leaning forward is uncomfortable -__-

MurDocINC1583d ago

Better thing would be kick up your feet and use them as joysticks or car pedals.

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Serg1583d ago

They didn't deliver on half the promises of what the first Kinect should've been able to do.

Elit3Nick1583d ago

Ya the first kinect was a shadow of what they originally envisioned. At least this time they have videos showing how it actually works.

malokevi1583d ago


This is the news I've been waiting for. Proof-of-concept that MS can incorperate the Kinect into AAA hardcore titles such as shooters.

Ideally, when I round a corner and come face-to-face with a tank, I should be able to lurch/scramble backwards/sideways by using my body. That's basically been my dream for the Kinect... and apparently it can deliver.

Great news! I wish they had demoed this stuff on the show floor/publicly.

rainslacker1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

I tend to lay down on the couch or in bed when I play games. But yeah, the idea behind it is sound.

jmc88881583d ago

All the better to spy and exploit you with my deary.

SilentNegotiator1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

Woah, wait a not only does Microsoft cooperate EXTENSIVELY with the US government to spy on us and has a requirement for Kinect to always be connected when playing games that tracks faces and must also be connected to the internet every day....

But they're ALSO tracking my spine?!?!
*jumps out a window*


3-4-51583d ago

Let's see that idea, not on paper, but in practice.

It could be useful for FPS games so you could lean around the corner.

But I honestly don't want to have to be doing side bends and crunches while I'm playing games.

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WeaseL1583d ago

Sounds good but I like to sit back and relax when I play.

EasilyTheBest1583d ago

Things like this make it good that Kinect is standard with the X1. There is a lot of good new stuff to look forward too.

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt1583d ago

its like the wii... it was cool, innovative, and new at first then it gets boring and annoying after a while

mcstorm1583d ago

@EasilyTheBest I agree one of the biggest issues with Kinect, Eye toy/move and Wii Motion + is they were not standard with the console so developers overlooked them where just like the WiiU is bundled with the Wiiu controller and Kinect 2 is with the one more and more developers will look to use the technology where the PS Eye and Move will not get as much attestation as it is an add-on.

I know a few people don't want the PSEye, Kinect or WiiU controller but they cerate new ways to play games. Yes most games will use a controller but having the other devices in the industry adds to how we can play games and to new types of games and imputs. Project sparks showed this in impressive ways using Kinect and smart glass and for me its Kinect, WiiU controller and PSeye/Move that gives a lot of people a reason to own more than one console as they all offer something different.

WeAreLegion1583d ago

I enjoy more immersion in games. I like the racing game example. They used head tracking in Gran Turismo 5 via the PS Eye to look around. It was nice. :)

tucky1583d ago

If I look around while playing, guess what... I don't see the screen anymore :-) A useless gimmick in m'y opinion

WeAreLegion1583d ago

No, your head moves. Your eyes don't move. You just turn your head slightly and the screen pans over. Try it out sometime.

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