Was Kinect dropped to boost Xbox One’s power?

Yesterday Microsoft announced they would be selling Xbox One consoles without the bundled Kinect camera, a cheaper sales price will obviously help sell more units. But when discussing his reasons Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, made a shocking revelation; that the removal of Kinect means Microsoft can potentially free reserved system resources to make the Xbox One run games better.

Handy Tips looks at the perceived power difference between the new generation consoles. How Xbox One can gain processing power to improve game performance and the ramifications on Kinect's functionality.

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LackTrue4K3660d ago (Edited 3660d ago )

We allllllllllll know it was to boost sales!!


To boost power, lol....what happen to the clouds???


I've never seen a company have so much blatant disregard for common sense IN MY LIFE!

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WeaseL3660d ago

To boost power would mean disabling kinect on the xb1 owners who bought into there vision. A big FU to there fans

Neonridr3660d ago

While the idea in practice would help even the playing field, it would be crazy to think that they would actually remove resources dedicated to the Kinect. By doing so it will essentially render the kinect sensor useless.

Perhaps you can free up some resources while keeping the bare minimum needed to still utilize voice commands and such, but I question that sort of thinking..

Thantalas3660d ago

New Kinect is actually a very powerful piece of tech. At the moment it is primarily used for system control via voice but Microsoft designed it to do a whole lot more, they certainly have/had a long term roadmap for it. Perhaps stealth games that detect if your carrying concealed items, know if your lying from the way your heartbeat changes. However if resources are taken away from it will benefit system graphics but some Kinect features might not be possible.

Kayant3660d ago

No because they still sell the kinect bundled XB1. How do devs account for people who have it? The 10% reserve is not only for kinect anyway it's also for allowing things like snap.

Kinect was dropped to allow for a lower price point which also results in boosting sales.

Jdoki3660d ago (Edited 3660d ago )

I was going to write a big 'ol post about why this is a stupid idea... but it was just easier to agree with you. :)

The only way they could do this is if MS issued an API that allowed devs to turn off Kinect completely - but that won't happen as it'd frustrate people who actually do use Kinect.

kreate3660d ago (Edited 3660d ago )

it would of been easier if they dropped kinect 2.0 completely from the get-co. and take the 360's route with kinect 1.0

kinect 2.0 is more of a burden to x1 than anything beneficial.

it should be a add-on. not integrated into the system.

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Joy Ride Turbo - The Beginning of the End for Xbox Kinect

Joy Ride Turbo launched 10 years ago today. The first title was Xbox Kinect exclusive, yet this sequel failed to support the device at all.


10 of the Biggest Video Game Hardware Failures Ever

Cultured Vultures: "Sadly, not all hardware is created equal, and no matter how much developers might try, some gaming hardware just fails to hit the mark. We’ve compiled a list of 10 gaming hardware fails, and boy did some fail hard."

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Knightofelemia850d ago

I would label the Power Glove, Kinect, and that Tony Hawk skateboard more as hardware addons hardware failure would be like the Virtual Boy and one day Stadia.

Magog850d ago

Kinect was bundled with every Xbox One and inflated the price on an already underpowered and low RAM machine so for the One it wasn't an accessory as much as a white elephant.

CaptainHenry916850d ago (Edited 850d ago )

Definitely the RROD but that power glove had a lot of issues as well. The Kinect just didn't work

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CrimsonWing69849d ago

Hardware add-ons are more like RAM or a video card, basically components that enhance capabilities or performance of the computer.

If you really want to get technical the Kinect is more of a peripheral device, kind of like a keyboard or mouse to a computer.