It has been said countless times that the Xbox One needs to remove the Kinect to remain financially competitive with the PS4. With games like ‘Fighter Within’ getting critically panned and initial reports not exactly boding well for the upcoming Kinect Sports Rivals, many will begin to wonder why the Kinect is not an optional accessory.
Well one thing is for sure, Microsoft do take some convincing by the general public before they are prepared to back down. The initial proposed pre-owned games licensing fiasco of early 2013 paved the way for the PS4 to take centre stage. Microsoft, after several months, re-evaluated their plan and caved in to the general public’s demands. To keep momentum in Sony’s favour, many even suspected that the PS4 camera was removed from the launch bundle so the PS4 could undercut the price of the Xbox One. Since then, many have asked why Microsoft haven’t already removed the Kinect.
However, according to Phil Spencer, in an interview with Edge, the removal of the Kinect Sensor is not the number 1 request by consumers;
Right now, [dropping Kinect is] not the number one request from people. Usually it’s, ‘Where are the great games?’ There are a number of games on the ID@Xbox programme that use Kinect, and you’ll see more games in the fall.”
Microsoft have denied rumours on several occasions that there will be a version of the Xbox One that doesn’t come with the Kinect Sensor. Now, obviously Microsoft will want to stick to their guns on this because they want to prove the mass market wrong and show that the Kinect still has a strong appeal. They can even argue that the lack of games are causing the discontent from consumers. Also Microsoft will have made a lot of promises to third party publishers who perhaps felt that developing a game that was Kinect only was commercial suicide. Yet, if the console is continued to be coupled with the Xbox One, developers may be more willing to take that risk.
Fighting off the hysteria of angry fans who have access to social network sites etc is one thing but limiting damage control from one who used to be your own, is another thing altogether. When games pioneer Peter Molyneux, who oversaw the original Kinect Sports, condemns your strategy – you have a lot of work ahead of you to convince those already opposed to the Kinect.
I actually wish Kinect wasn’t a requirement,” Molyneux said in the same interview. “It feels like an unnecessary add-on to me. Maybe it’s because we’re in England, and it doesn’t really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke.
“My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn’t work….I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.”
Should the Kinect be given more time? Or are we sick to death of these glorified accessories inflating the overall price? Tell us your thoughts.