The good news: sales of the Xbox One “more than doubled” in June, compared to the May figures. The bad news: It’s becoming increasingly clear that no one cares about Kinect, which was the console’s big differentiator this generation.
In theory, the idea sounds fine. Get a personable, well-liked young star to promote the Xbox One, and, even though you’ve unbundled Kinect from the system, feature it prominently in ads to keep awareness high.
In practice, though, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One commercial is driving current Xbox One owners crazy as it tries to sell the system to people who don’t have one yet.
The company has announced it will begin selling a version of its next-generation console — minus the somewhat controversial Kinect peripheral — for $399 starting June 9. The move is the latest in a series of surprising decisions Microsoft has made since its initial introduction of the system, as it had previously described Kinect as an essential part of the new Xbox experience.
If we’re being honest with ourselves (and we should), Kinect for Xbox One has been something of a dud. The games integrating the motion-control tech have been so-so and the voice recognition is still noticeably lacking.
Scientists at Canada’s Bloorview Research Institute, though, might have found a way to make it an extraordinarily useful peripheral by using it to help kids with cerebral palsy regain lost motor function.The games being used, reports Polygon, were originally created for the Xbox 360’s Kinect. However, kids (being kids) found that they could use that system’s lack of precision tocheat. The original Kinect also couldn’t discern if a child was in a wheelchair.
In 1995, developer Namco began using motion capture to create more lifelike movements in its game Soul Edge. Then, in 2009, Microsoft unveiled the system we know today as the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. The motion sensing camera introduced a new way for people to interact with games, movies and their consoles.
Sometimes that’s legitimate. Sometimes, it’s user error. (And sometimes, it’s an odd mix of both.) Fixya has dug through over 40,000 complaints to determine the most common problems with each of the new machines on the market.
And given the growth in this market—user interface is expected to top $25 billion by 2016, according to Visiongain—there’s no shortage of interest in what the company may announce at its Microsoft Build event in April, where the company is expected to focus in part on Kinect 2.0 for Windows.
Once again, Microsoft has announced a major policy reversal for its upcoming console, revealing that the Xbox One will in fact operate even if the Kinect sensor isn’t plugged in.
Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the world’s been abuzz over conflicting information about whether you’d have to keep the console connected to the Internet, exactly how intrusive the new, improved Kinect would be, and the fate of used games.
With E3 2013 looming, Microsoft has finally given clearer answers to those questions — though they’re not going to make everyone happy.
But a clever tech hack by her son has allowed her to start sending emails once again.