Kinect Completely Ruins Need For Speed on Xbox One

Wired writes: "Need For Speed Rivals may not be constantly watching you (as far as we know), but it is definitely always listening to you. In theory, you’re supposed to be able to shout out certain commands to access the game’s special features without having to take your hands off the wheel. In practice, Rivals over-enthusiastically interprets background conversation as voice inputs, playing havoc with your race."

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Hatsune-Miku1328d ago

kinect completely ruins xbox one. Imo.

I can't wait to be able to buy a xbox one without kinect. The kinect is pointless for me even though some features works ok but it adds extra cost to the xbox one and doesn't offer much.

Excalibur1328d ago (Edited 1328d ago )

Agreed, I'm still baffled why a company insists on not giving you an option and forces a unwanted peripheral on it's consumers at an additional $100.00.

iamnsuperman1328d ago

Because they spent a fortune developing it (didn't Microsoft say the Kinect 2 is half the price of the One?). To ditch it/make it optional would be disastrous for that expensive peripheral. They were forced into this situation when the released the Kinect. It was a big investment for them

Excalibur1328d ago

I hear what you are saying but in the same token do you want a bunch of half hearted/tacked-on efforts ruining your games?

Beside that, just because it's there doesn't automatically guarantee that Devs will use it.

Eonjay1328d ago

Because the first one had a relatively poor attach rate. When you give people the option, most said no thanks. This way they will definitely get the money out of you whether you want it or not. They have already made the choice for you. If you don't like it, you can take your business somewhere else. What are you complaining about? For another $59.99 you get the Fighter Within!

Kidmyst1328d ago

This also falls along with 3D, sure it's cool but in the end I like 2D gaming VS 3D and camera features are neat to play with for a few min. but then it's off and down to some serious gaming. I dropped my XBONE preorder the last min. and feel strongly a Kinect free version will come out or be announced by the end of this Summer. I'll pick up a Xbone then.

Deividas1328d ago

Yea they did spend a fortune on it and that was a mistake on its own. Microsoft cares more about the Kinect than the consumer. The majority of xbox one owners would have rather have had a greater system as a whole than an extra piece that most prob will not use. So instead of spending all that money on something clearly most dont care for, should have used it on the Xbox One system itself or the first party titles.

gaffyh1327d ago

I am 100% sure that there will be a kinectless Xbone SKU at some point. I have said it since the console was announced. It's a question of when, not if, especially considering they will never be able to be competitive on price otherwise

ipach1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

we can all blame the wii and our millions of grandmas and toddlers for going nuts over them wii sports. that game singlehandedly sent the entire gaming industry in a weird waggly twilight zone for the past 7 years... it was certainly a fun phenomenon at the time. but alas, we're still paying the price for those old bowling and boxing matches...

zeee1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

Kinect is perhaps the biggest reason why Xbox will lag behind PS4 and I am not even going to mention the crappy initial DRM policy, less powerful etc.

I CAN'T understand why ANYONE outside the US or rather the unsupported territories would purchase an Xbox ONE? They'll be paying for the hardware that will not work in their countries, or have voice commands work perfectly (because of different accents) yet, MS will FORCE them to pay for features and devices that won't function and not to mention a less powerful console.

AND... charge some more for XBL which is lagging faaarrr behind PSN Plus.

nukeitall1327d ago

I'm still baffled why certain people refuse to acknowledge the value of Kinect. Maybe because it is usually the same people I see with an agenda....

That said, there are two ways to fix this:

a) turn off Kinect in the settings, before you start the game

b) make sure you calibrate the TV properly by turning up the TV volume so the system knows to tune out the game noise. With the tuning I can literally whisper to my Xbox One and it will hear it. F'in amazing.

Also, this is poor playtesting with EA, because I don't have this problems with other games. Just sayin!

Utalkin2me1327d ago


"I don't have this problems with other games. Just sayin!"

Dont just "say", go into to specifics of the reasons why and what your doing to make it superior to what EA is doing.

UnHoly_One1327d ago

Because it isn't a peripheral. It's part of the console.

SilentNegotiator1327d ago

"Because the first one had a relatively poor attach rate"

Kinect 1 sold 24 million. Even if you chop off a million or two from the people that bought it for PC use, that's not a "poor" attachment rate.

SilentNegotiator1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

"I'm still baffled why certain people refuse to acknowledge the value of Kinect. Maybe because it is usually the same people I see with an agenda.... "

And then there's people like you that TOOOOOTALLY don't have an agenda and want to disregard the opinions of people that don't want Kinect just because, right?

jacksons981327d ago

If anything Xbox One should cost less than PS4. I was pretty blown away when Sony announced $399

Excalibur1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )


Yes Kinect did sell 24 million units but it's attach rate was abysmal.

Many sites tout the Dance Central 2 and 3 among the best Kinect games available, do you know how many units were sold world wide?

Dance Central 2 - 1.94 Million units.

Dance central 3 - 0.68, a little over a 1/2 million units

Plug in any Kinect game you wish and you will find it's attach rate severely lacking and it's popularity dropped off as the years went by as the games did worse and worse yet Microsoft still chose to push Kinect 2.0 on it's users.
I'm sorry but that is a very poor business choice.

SilentNegotiator1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

I'm talking about Kinect's HARDWARE attach rate.

DC2 and DC3 sales exponentially faltered after DC1 sold 3 million because people QUICKLY got sick of the latest game fad. Now MS is betting on it to be the next Wii, even though the fad already passed. As a result of MS trying to salvage a dead fad (and Nintendo trying to recreate a mobile fad), the company that always focused on core gamers has exploded out of the gates with their hardware sales. MS beating the dead horse that is Kinect is hurting them.

edit: I guess we're both making the same point, really.

TheSaint1327d ago

You're baffled as to why MS forces you to buy stuff, sorry but, really?

abzdine1327d ago

money and also to spy on people. i know famboys will disagree with the second part(even the first one) but that's all what it's about.
Being anti-consumer is the reason why xbox will remain a garbage brand in my eyes.
Thank GOD Sony Nintendo exist to satisfy my gaming needs.

Tomden021327d ago

Because the kinect is a needed component for the xbox one and is so far advanced then it was for the 360...the system is in every way better than the ps4

Gigaguy7771327d ago

The Kinect is about 1/6th of the price of the Xbox One, about $50 to $60 to make

MajorMayhem701327d ago

You do have an option. Don't buy it and buy something else. No one placed a gun to my head to buy the X1. I bought it cause I wanted One, Kinect and all.

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Charybdis1328d ago (Edited 1328d ago )

This future sounds cool, they should put an off button I guess though. Way too easy to troll when playing with friends by 'accidently' mentioning words like look around map, or turn off.

Eonjay1328d ago

Love your screen name!

malokevi1327d ago

Yeah, I hate Kinect, and Xbox, and EA, and Microsoft, and adorable puppies crawling all over each other in a box with cute backwards letters on the side. Also life.

TXIDarkAvenger1327d ago

Kinect only ruins Xbox One because they enforce it into the games when it isn't needed.

frostypants1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

But if they don't include it with every console, it will discourage developers from using it to add features you hate!

/sarcasm (but pretty much the backassword reasoning MS is applying here)

JodyCones1327d ago

Build a better PC for the same price, waste of money.

BallsEye1327d ago

Do you have XO? No? then shush. I was having similar approach but once I got XO in my living room, I've realised that kinect 2 is amazing piece of tech and it makes XO unique and gives it a next-gen feel. You're just another fanboy that got nothing to complain about.

GortJester1327d ago

@BallsEye Totally agree with you. Ignorant haters are always going to hate something without trying it. I was totally against the Kinect after playing with the first one but after some extensive play with the new one, I really feel it is the evolution of the Guide Button. What unintelligent people don't understand is that in order for technology to get better and for developers to actually want to develop for something, people have got to own it or there is no point, hence it being bundled with every system. I'm getting pretty sick of people not listening to even a little reason in these forums. I understand not liking being forced to purchase something, but if you don't like it, don't buy a damn Xbox One then, stop looking at it, don't read the advertisements and shut the hell up about it. Buy the PS4, ignore the Xbox One and let us that have one, enjoy it.

Side Note: If it's causing issues in NFS, unplug the thing until they add a patch to turn it off from the menu. If they don't, unplug it while playing this game.

Jack_Reacher1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

So I like the way you all say just unplug the kinect. Which just proves that is not needed or wanted by many. Not when you add on the price it has cost to the console. It should have been an optional extra. I wonder how many would have bought an xbone without. My guess many more than would have. But alas microsoft took the choice out of your hand's. So much for consumer choice.

Oh and gemini.maybe when xbots stop slagging of ps4 then ps4 owners might do likewise. It works both ways. Enjoy your console.