Jonathan Blow Criticizes Xbox One's Kinect, Terms Its Auto Detection Capabilities As 'Janky'

"The Witness developer shares his thoughts on all things automated, Xbox One's Kinect included."

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IanVanCheese1731d ago

Lol the one thing on this site with less respect than the Xbox One is Jonathan Blow.

GamersRulz1731d ago

well, bad technology is bad.

xPhearR3dx1731d ago

Kinect is not bad technology, it's just not for everyone. I had the original, it was fun for the first few days, but it's not for me. I can certainly see how people will enjoy it, but because you don't like something, that doesn't make it bad.

georgeenoob1731d ago (Edited 1731d ago )

Kinect 2.0 is bad technology now that Johnathon Blow says so? Everyone has an opinion, but No one can deny the advanced next-gen experience that Kinect 2.0 is bringing.


An E3 Kinect demo dismisses your argument. Cause PS camera can do advanced things like detect your heart rate, right?

MysticStrummer1731d ago

@george - "No one can deny the advanced next-gen experience that Kinect 2.0 is bringing."

The people reporting less than stellar voice recognition might deny it. Also, what Kinect 2.0 features are being used at launch that weren't possible with 360's Kinect, or with PS's camera for that matter?

nukeitall1731d ago (Edited 1731d ago )


"Also, what Kinect 2.0 features are being used at launch that weren't possible with 360's Kinect, or with PS's camera for that matter?"

It really shows your ignorance. Not all voice recognition is equal, the same way Optical Character Recognition software is not the same. It's like saying, what games is not possible on PS3 that is possible on PS4 at launch!

The answer is, MS has built in hardware to handle the voice capture and recognition in addition to the advanced software. Even the original Kinect had among the best voice recognition system.

Kinect One will be even better.

So the real answer isn't, can other systems do it, but rather how well it works. For that, it looks like Xbox One is among the best, if not THE best!

Sony's PS Eye for the PS4 is essentially a 720p webcam with a microphone array attached. No special hardware, and bare minimum voice recognition capability.

In short, it is so far behind it is more akin to the original Kinect, if that.

TI_211731d ago

@george Most webcams (even bad ones) can measure your heartrate. All you need is a software for that. There are even working apps for smartphones.

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Funantic11731d ago

"Jonathan Blow has been critical of Microsoft’s Xbox One in the past"...that explains everything.

nukeitall1731d ago

It does explain a lot.

I know I won't be buying Blowfish' games!

There are people like me who is exceedingly excited about the Kinect One voice commands among other things.

boeso1731d ago

One thing you can't disagree with though, is he doesn't beat around the bush. Hence the splitting of opinion on him. No fluff with blow.

come_bom1731d ago (Edited 1731d ago )

Yep. Nobody takes Jonathan Blow seriously any more. I really dislike developers that talk too much. They only bash and don't say anything productive. He really should STFU and release his game.

This guy reminds of the other moron that made FEZ.

strickers1731d ago (Edited 1731d ago )

I wonder if they are both considerably more intelligent than you?? I'm going to go with almost certainly. :-)

heliumhead20301731d ago

Lol right, why are indies always so outspoken. He states his opinion as fact but really hes just attacking the biggest companies. Googles voice recognition is rather awesome.. Ps4 eye doesn't get complaints.

On top of it I've seen this camera working fast, and near flawlessly.

What game is this guy releasing anyway?

KingKevo1731d ago (Edited 1731d ago )

@OP: What about Phil Fish?!

malokevi1731d ago

I only had to see the words "Jonathan Blow", and I knew it would be some ridiculous criticism of the XB1.

Thanks for the input, Johnny! Every time you have something to say, its so insightful!

Does this guy ever have anything good to say? Is his bed against the wall, with the only side open to his bedroom being the wrong side?

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Kayant1731d ago (Edited 1731d ago )

Oh shit at the IGN video what kind of sorcery was used to sign Fran in when he wasn't even in the room yet??? Hmmm....

Majin-vegeta1731d ago

Oh boy you know every time JB comments about M$ and goes up on N4G it' gets good.

MysticStrummer1731d ago

What did MS do to this guy? He really seems to dislike them.

OrangePowerz1731d ago

I suspect their bad practices to work with indies would be the reason.

EverydayGuy1731d ago

Don't know the what went between them, but this is probably what happen.

Belking1731d ago

Blow is a perfect name for this guy. He is still butthurt over the past.

Livecustoms1731d ago

What happened to him in the past?

cell9891731d ago

he got screwed putting his masterpiece Braid in the hands of Microsoft.

garos821731d ago

lovely so someone brings up a valid issue about Kinect and constructively criticising his name and not the issue at hand

no go watch polygons Kinect live streaming highlights and come back and tell us what you think of kinects"superior"exp erience

oh wait 1 bubble.never mind

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