Microsoft Needs To Free Cortana From Kinect On Xbox One

Forbes: Microsoft is about to redesign the Xbox One’s UI, a change that can’t come soon enough and can hopefully free us from the tyranny of the tiles that are simultaneously reminiscent of Windows 8 (yuck) and failed Kinect gesture navigation (double yuck).

It’s not as if PS4’s UI is some kind of a dreamboat, but it’s been significantly better than Xbox One’s since launch, and hopefully this change will bring them to at least the same level. But there’s one other thing Microsoft is adding to Xbox One in order to make the console feel even more unique from its Sony rival.


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FallenAngel19841186d ago

They need to sell Kinect devices somehow

TheGreatGamer1186d ago

Dont't see it happening. All Kinect functions are handled by its own processor on the Kinect unit. Yes, contrary to what some people believe, it's not just a camera and a mic. So...people want the features of the Kinect, but they don't want to get a Kinect and still whine saying it has no use... and all of this coming from Forbes who thinks that Apple TV is a threat to Xbox & PS. Safe to say they don't know very much at all about the gaming industry

Tedakin1186d ago

"people want the features of kinect, but they don't want to get a kinect and still whine saying it has no use."

This is a painfully true statement. I have kinect and love it as part of the UI. "Xbox Record That" blows away the button method. Cortana is like Siri, designed to be spoken to with your voice, not typed to.

DanielGearSolid1186d ago

I mean calling them Kinect feature is a stretch...

Voice recognition works with or without the cam on ps4.

Its more like features unnecessarily locked behind a Kinect paywall.

donthate1185d ago


"Voice recognition works with or without the cam on ps4.

Its more like features unnecessarily locked behind a Kinect paywall."

Then you are a fool!

The reason why Kinect is so dang good is because of all the onboard processing. Sure you can get cheap sh!tty microphones for sub-par quality.

Notice Siri is using the cloud to compensate. Point being, Kinect is a wonder and does it without requiring an internet connection instantly.

You don't get the same quality voice recognition on PS4 and there is a reason why people ask for the Xbox version.

Deal with it!

ShowanW1186d ago

Perfectly put....

These words you have spoken are facts...

LifeInNZ1186d ago

You want to use Cortana on the X1 then you need Kinect, why is that such an issue?!?

akurtz1186d ago

i can control my ps4 using my mic. im sure the magicians at ms can make it work with just a headset. you dont need a kinect, they just made it so to sell the kinect.

LifeInNZ1185d ago

You know, Sony could easily add PS4 games to PSNow but they don't....can you guess why?

Gwynbleidd1186d ago

I don't get it either. I wouldn't miss kinect for the world. It so much improved how you communicate with your entertainment system that I can't go back to a time where there was no kinect! And Cortana is an addition to that.

TheUndertaker851186d ago (Edited 1186d ago )

Cortana is also available on Windows 10 with voice recognition without Kinect for PCs.

There are better ways. Plus yes, PS4 offers it with any headset, even the earbud that comes with it. Why can't Microsoft implement it on the system side rather than passing it through Kinect? Doesn't seem like there'd be anything to stop them except for the fact they hope to move more Kinect instead.

Orbilator1186d ago

Small in acuracy with the voice thing on ps4.
You defo dont need the camera for it to work.
I use the bundled mic. I just have it taped to back of pad with the ewrpeace cut off. Works fine.

Ok point im making is surely both partys could do a small attachment like that as the port is there.

Voice recognition is all software so its all down to the orogrammers

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