Phil Spencer Confident in Kinect: It's 'Fundamentally Different' from PlayStation Move

Just a few weeks before Kinect's retail launch, Microsoft hosted an event in San Francisco to celebrate the much-anticipated new hardware. There Joystiq spoke with Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer not only about the hands-free camera peripheral, but also the company's success with the "Xbox 360 S" console refresh, Ubisoft's strong Kinect launch lineup and, of course, the PlayStation Move.

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sdtarm2974d ago

Different doesnt mean better

zootang2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

From the middle (Wii) you could go more complex (Move) or go simpler (Kinect.) In my book complexity always wins when it comes to games.

mikeslemonade2974d ago

I just hope Kinect and Move steal all of Nintendo's Marketshare as much as possible. Nintendo doesn't deserve to be where they are now.

AAACE52974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

Pretty much everything they have said hasn't come true! Everything they have bashed has done better than expected. Everything they have praised has not lived up to what they claimed... but they still believe!

They bashed the 360, yet it still sells well. They bashed the new 360, yet it still sells well. They said no one would care about Kinect, yet the preorders are high. They said FFXIII wouldn't sell on 360, yet it did about a million or so. They said Gears and Halo were a waste, yet they are among the highest selling. It's year 4 and the Ps3 still hasn't magically moved into first place. Killzone 2 isn't as popular as Halo, because there are less than 500 people total playing it currently, while you can still find over 100,000 playing Halo 3!

I have a Ps3 and like it, but I am willing to accept the truth, while others refuse to! Sony are riding on fumes! They are depending on their name to sell products. They do come with good games, but there is always something that gets in the way of those games doing really well.

Anyway, I know Kinect is mainly a way to draw in new consumers with easy games. The core gamer will not be forgotten. They will have games targeted at us, but for us, we will mainly play with the controller for the time being.

Edit: And to those who want to keep calling it the eyetoy, MS had a camera out already that you could play games like the eyetoy does. However, it was realized that those games weren't fun. This is new tech that can do much more than the eyetoy... just accept it!

You guys are so quick to bash this based on the first few games shown. I did the same thing back in 2006, when I took my reserve off of the Wii and Ps3. They didn't look to be that interesting to me and I thought it would be more of the same. The first Ps3 games didn't impress me much, but after a year, the real games started coming out that made me go get a Ps3. I imagine the same will happen with Kinect. I won't buy it right away, but maybe in the future.

divideby02974d ago


"Sony running on fumes"....

do you even know about the list of exclusives Sony has ?

We own all the consoles and I just find your comment, unbelievable silly..and whats even more lol you dont support your comment

Sure Kinect will sell well, but to the non hardcore gamer.. The launch games are just shovelware,

I would gladly buy Kinect or even Motion if either had games I want to play

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Lou-Cipher2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

Yes, but it is very close to the Eye Toy.

The Eye Toy failed because it wasn't fun, and no matter how much more tech Kinect has in it, it plays games in the exact same way as the Eye Toy. After Microsoft's insulting 500 Million runs out, Kinect will be done with.

Wii/Move has positive word of mouth, Kinect will never have that, because it is nothing more than a garbage piece of tech.

Mystogan2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

If you have been reading news, almost all third-party developers support kinect and have positive things to say about kinect..

Anyways we'll just see which one will have the better and funner games in 2011

one word: Grasshopper.



I know kinect is not for the core yet, but to call it garbage is really ignorant, everyone thought the wii was garbage but look at it, there are still a lot of innovative games using to wii-mote coming out for it and it sold more then the ps3 and xbox 360 combined.

I see the same thing happen with kinect , First a lot of casual games and then the core and MS spending so much money on advertising in my eyes is a good thing...although id rather have them spending that on core games

Lou-Cipher2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

"If you have been reading news, almost all third-party developers support kinect and have positive things to say about kinect.."

They need Kinect to sell.

Thet aren't going to tell the people that they want to buy their games that it sucks. People that are making games for Kinect need it to be successful, Why would they tell people of it's faults?

We have had all the proof we need to see how awful Kinect & its games are.

Why defend Kinect anymore? It is garbage.

DaBadGuy2974d ago

You want word of mouth?

Oprah, Ellen, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is better than word of mouth don't you think? I think playing whisper down the lane with Move won't make as much an impact.

Garbage or no the name is out there and the pre-orders are up and it will sell.

I'm not getting one but I'm sure at least a million or so other people are.

commodore642974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

@ ingiomar

I disagree with your assertion that "the eye Toy failed because it wasn't fun".

Fact is the eyetoy, as of November 2008, had sold 10.5 million units.
That's none too shabby, if you ask me.
Truth be told, 10.5 million eyetoys sold is simply testament to the success we can expect from kinect.

If a simple webcam like the eyetoy can do those numbers, just imagine what Kinect could do!
After all, kinect is several orders of magnitude more functional and technically accomplished than the eyetoy ever could have been.

No doubt millions of gamers all across the world can't wait to have fun with Kinect, notwithstanding the glut of negativity that seems to have made a home on n4g.

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N4Great2974d ago

ingiomar and other extreme xfanboyz = ostrich :)

it's not ps3 fanboyz who give bad previews of the eyetoy+, but journalist ! so just read, and accept the reality for once.

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Bigpappy2974d ago

It is because it is so different and simple to use, that it will make a bigger splash than the Move.

Infernostew2974d ago

The difference is $500,000,000 worth of advertising.

MajestieBeast2974d ago

Whats so hard about using a controller? I played mario with a controller.

DaBadGuy2974d ago

Yeah but you didn't have to wave around a dildo to make Mario jump.

Up, down, left, right, a, b, select, start.

That's all we ever needed or asked for.

But now you kids today what with your daggum wandamacallits and your motionkajiggers.

Ya ask too much dag nabbit.

SmokexFFx2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

How good it actually will be I don't know, but I hope it is loads of fun!

DigitalRaptor2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

It's different, so it's automatically a better product! /s

Well I'm glad there's a clear difference.

Different products for different standards, I suppose!

MajestieBeast2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

Yeah cause move actually works bazinga.

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

Ding Ding! You hitted in the right spot.

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