Killing the Kinect was a horrible move

Why would you remove one of the best features for the console?

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Neonridr877d ago

best features? I mean I guess it had a few uses, but I would hardly call it something that was utilized for any real purpose.

darthv72877d ago

the tech behind it just wasnt suitable for gaming needs. It has been reverse engineered to do some amazing things outside of gaming but the game space it did deliver was not thought out to the fullest extent.

Had they opted to not make statements like "you are the controller" and instead found ways to make using kinect WITH a controller something acceptable then it could have gone on to get more support as a companion to, not a replacement for, the controller.

Skull521877d ago

Na smart move, the horrible move was making everyone buy one when they didn't want it.

Neonridr877d ago

I still remember the initial concept videos. That would have been a lot cooler, but ultimately it was nothing like anything they showed.

RacerX877d ago

Last year, I got an Xbox One S. I got the kinect adaptor because I thought I would miss the kinect. I never hooked it up and forgot it existed. Guess that says enough for my house.

TheCommentator877d ago

They really could have made it useful alongside a controller, and I always imagined its potential in that regard. Lean to peek around corners. Silently send orders to troops with hand gestures. Head tracking to look into corners in Forza. As it turned out, I disliked the first Kinect so much that I never even hooked 2.0 up to my XB1.

You said it though; people hacked Kinect to do some amazing things for remote surgeries, optics for robotics, ghost hunting, etc. I honestly think Kinect motion tracking is really just evolving to become part of the AR space with Hololens and other similar devices anyways.

Unspoken877d ago

Click bait approved article...hmm

bouzebbal876d ago (Edited 876d ago )

Fanboys a always defended it by saying that they always used it.
Now that they killed it those same trolls think it's ok to do so.
Kinect tech was garbage and hardly works. It works so bad that MS never showed live demo and the few they showed were biaised (star wars)

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letsa_go877d ago

This is just one horrible move in a series of horrible moves that the xbox division has made since about 2012-2013. We saw a preview of what was to come when MS stuck microtransactions in the free-to-play Doritos Crash Course 2. That was when I first noticed a change in their strategy and I didn't like it. They wanted those casual gamers and kinect was part of that strategy to get the wii crowd. They completely abandoned their core gamers and left them to sony to gobble up. It wasn't until the past year or so that they realized their mistake and have been trying to get those gamers back. It might be too late this generation though! Imagine if they had a 3D platformer from Rare ready to compete with Mario Odyssey! They could've easily! But they didn't. I am so confused by their strategy, hopefully they can work it out next gen.

Bigpappy877d ago

People on this site should really put some effort into speaking for themselves. Because you dont like the device, does not mean it didn’t serve a purpose.

I still have and use my Kinect. I wish the option was still there. I would have continued to purchase one when it needed to be replaced, it was the best device of its kind.

Neonridr876d ago

well I am speaking for myself. I didn't feel it had enough purpose. Hence why it was deemed useless... in my opinion. Take it for what it is I guess. I am glad you found good uses for it, I am sure some people really enjoyed it. It just felt gimmicky to me dating back to the 360 days.

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-Foxtrot877d ago

Keeping the Kinect as a core feature for the Xbox One was a horrible move

gangsta_red877d ago

I wouldn't have mind if MS actually supported the thing but yes, it was a bad move having it come with. It not only was not supported but it added an extra 100 to the price tag.

Godmars290877d ago

It is why the XBX is a thing. It not being built around Kinect as well as having beefed up hardware.

fivoleka877d ago

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rainslacker876d ago

Yep. If they hadn't of tried to force the Kinect, they could have come out stronger in hardware sooner, and maybe they wouldn't have had to rely so much on a new console to try and bring sales up. They could have focused more of software, and maybe built their brand over the generation, instead of spending the entire generation playing catch up to the competition, and realistically, falling behind whatever good they built during the 360 days.....where I actually felt they did more for the brand than I ever would have thought them possible for.

Right now, despite all the stuff that MS has done for the X1, they haven't built the brand at all. IT's remained stagnant, or even regressed, as I haven't seen so much animosity towards their lackluster gaming line up in their entire history. Even when they cut back at the end of the 360 era, it wasn't as bad as it is now.

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SCW1982877d ago

Because the data showed that hardly anyone in the user base was actually using it.

Aenea877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Yeah, but 'journalists' tend to not think properly and/or are just more interested in the clicks!

Sciurus_vulgaris877d ago

The Kinect took money away from AAA games, the device overstayed its welcome.

Profchaos877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Also stole ram from the os and games

Aenea876d ago

MS has plenty of money to have done both if they had wanted to...

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Nyxus877d ago

What do you mean, it can still be used as a paperweight, which was its main functionality to begin with.