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Published on August 13th, 2013 | by SharnOfTheDEAD

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Xbox One is no longer Kinect dependant

Well here we are again, Microsoft have made even more changes to the Xbox One, you can now unplug the Kinect completely and leave it in the box, in the fridge or even attach it to your shoulder like some kind of Predator.  Joking aside it’s yet another addition to all the changes Microsoft have made in the last few months since E3.  Microsoft released a statement as to why they made these changes.

“The thing we all understood, and hence this change, is that there are some scenarios where people just may not be comfortable [with Kinect]. We wanted people to be 100% comfortable, so we allow the sensor to be unplugged. And clearly the “it dropped” scenario is possible … There is no “gotcha”, but obviously, if there is a game that REQUIRES Kinect (like Rivals), or something where Kinect IS the experience (like Skype), those won’t work.”

There’s a few things that feel wrong here (Just a little) The fact they acknowledge that some people don’t want to use the Kinect because they don’t feel comfortable or dislike it, can now unplug it; losing some features. However you’re still going to have to pay for it as there’s no apparent price drop as of yet, also as Microsoft have previously said they will not sell the Xbox One without kinect, but what if you really don’t want one? It seems if you never intend to use it, you’re going to have to buy it anyway.

I completely understand that Microsoft want to support this hardware the best they can. Microsoft want developers to come up with new imaginative ways to increase a gamers experience, but navigating menus with gestures and voice commands doesn’t cut it.  I honestly want to know what the games will be like and that remains to be seen.  Now I do believe Kinect could make good use of VR gaming such as the Oculus rift headset, there are many possibilities and innovative ways to implement it, but it’s way too early to make it essential to the gaming experience.  I’d rather wait and be shown what it’s truly capable of, rather than my bank account making a leap of faith.

It just seems silly using a surround sound headset but then having to use another device for voice commands

Now I’ll admit I’m not a huge Kinect fan mainly due to the fact I felt like I wasted £120 on kinect the other year.  The game support was lousy with many poorly made party games and awful hardcore attempts (Steel battalion) Only a few of them were fun to play with, games like kinect sports and Dance Central which were best with  friends.  The whole thing about using voice commands is also lost on me as I play with a gaming headset (Turtle Beach PX5′s) and I think it’s ludicrous that voice commands are exclusive to Kinect and not a headset, I imagine many other people who use gaming headsets feel the same way. It just seems silly using a surround sound headset but then having to use another device for voice commands.  I do feel VC are useful especially when playing games like Need for speed, such as changing wheels without touching a button.  So each time I hear Microsoft say well, you lose the voice commands feature I think why? What’s wrong with a headset? Now I could be missing something here, but I remember barking orders out on Socom on PS2 and we come along way since then and to say headsets can’t do it seems utter rubbish to me!

Steel-Battalion-Heavy-Armor-screenshot-2Nice Concept, poorly executed, fist bump your face!

Right now I feel the kinect is not a necessity to the gaming experience, not yet anyway, until they can give us proof of what it’s capable of then fine, but I’m not willing to fork out money for something I have yet to see in action and I don’t just mean Kinect sports or dance central, something that’s actually impressive, that will blow me away, then I’ll happily pay for one if I want it!  This is why people are dubious not because of all this NSA waffle but the fact they just think the games are going to be nothing special and not worth the time or money!  Could we see an Xbox price drop or an Xbox One without Kinect? It remains to be seen, but who knows what Microsoft will say or do next! Like I said, they have stated they don’t intend to sell the Xbox One without Kinect but at this point anything they say has the weight of a helium balloon.

It really sucks that there is so much negative press about Xbox One and yes this article may be conceived in a negative light.  It’s just, I have never seen a company make so many changes and take back so many statements over a games console. Well no doubt there will be even more news at Gamescom!

Just one small thing I’d like to add.  It would have been really interesting if Sony had done the same as Microsoft, would there have been as much out cry?  Would there have been so many changes? hmmm I’ll leave that up to you to answer in the comments section below!

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