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Microsoft: People love Kinect!

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Last month, Microsoft announced that you’d be able to purchase an Xbox One without their silly motion-sensing peripheral bundled with it. This has resulted in far more people being quite excited about the prospects of getting an Xbox One. That, coupled with the derision directed at Kinect lead to an obvious conclusion; people hate the damned thing.  Microsoft says that’s not the case.

Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer asserted that consumers love Kinect.

"We see millions and millions of people using Kinect today. We’ve had over a billion voice commands used. The use of Kinect in people’s homes is incredibly high,” he asserted. 

“And because people are continuing to use it, it’s an area we’re going to continue to invest, in terms of making the experience better. And I think that makes building games in that environment even better. Consumers love the device; they love the experience.

He’s convinced that people will end up buying Kinect on its own after they’ve bought the standalone console.

“They’ll buy it. They’ll either buy it at launch when they buy their console, or they’ll be able to buy it after the $399 console; they’ll pick it up and add it on later. And we’ll continue to make sure that experience is great."

Honestly, I think Kinect is becoming an increasingly hard sell, and with Microsoft itself extricating the Xbox One from Kinect, it’ll be tougher still. At its E3 conference, Microsoft showed off exactly 0 games that utilise the peripheral exclusively – which perhaps signals that support for the peripheral is dwindling. Spencer also denies this.

“A Kinect game relies on the successful Xbox One installed base," Spencer said. "I need to, as the head of Xbox, make sure that we’ve got a platform and a product offering that millions of consumers will love, and I stay focused on that. That’s where I’m at now. We’ll also continue to evolve what Kinect can do.”

People love Kinect?

Last Updated: June 24, 2014

67 Comments

  1. Kensei Seraph

    June 24, 2014 at 13:34

    They need to open the Kinect to a wider audience.

    If they made it compatible with the PC, PS4 and Wii U they’d increase the number of sales by a whopping 10 units.
    That’s like 4 times their current market.

    Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      June 24, 2014 at 13:40

      There is already a PC version available, but no software.

      Reply

    • MakeItLegal

      June 25, 2014 at 14:05

      *this

      Reply

  2. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    June 24, 2014 at 13:38

    People love kinect?

    Yeah…uHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    http://media0.giphy.com/media/UW3FPFof5CKLC/giphy.gif

    Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 24, 2014 at 13:38

    So for the millions AND MILLIONS of the Kinect fans… FINALLY… the Kinect… HAS COME BACK to the PEOPLE!

    Reply

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 24, 2014 at 13:39

    Hey Phil.. Phil… Phil… PHIL! Tell everyone how MS is still committed to PC gaming as well!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      June 24, 2014 at 13:59

      Bwahaha

      Reply

  5. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    June 24, 2014 at 13:40

    Millions of commands you say? Probably coz people have to repeat the same command over and over before it recognises the command.

    Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      June 24, 2014 at 13:46

      Can you imagine some of the commands it has to try and interpret? Some COD whack job shouting things like “I hope your mother gets cancer”

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 24, 2014 at 13:49

        0_0

        Reply

  6. ToshZA

    June 24, 2014 at 13:47

    Header AND footer win.

    Reply

  7. Kromas

    June 24, 2014 at 13:48

    The high kinect usage comes from the following video.

    Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 24, 2014 at 13:51

      HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Reply

    • Alex Hicks

      June 24, 2014 at 13:57

      Apart from funny … that’s disturbing because of the vast quantity of kiddie voices … I knew CoD was bad – but hell’s teeth – the player base in that vid seems to be made up solely of children too young to be playing that game (according to the age guidelines)

      Reply

      • Kromas

        June 24, 2014 at 14:20

        I love CoD just for that. It keeps the other “Good” games from having too many kiddies. 😛

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      June 24, 2014 at 14:04

      Bwahaha

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 24, 2014 at 14:49

      Kiddies

      Reply

  8. Brady miaau

    June 24, 2014 at 13:48

    I want one. When my daughter is a little older, say 1.5 years or something, I think her interacting with Kinectimals or whatever would be very, very cool. We still go outside, balance in life and all that before I get slapped

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 24, 2014 at 13:50

      Ba-what? The only time I go outside is to mow the lawn & I hate it.

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        June 24, 2014 at 14:44

        I have a garden service. Best R680 spend a month, seriously. I only look after pool

        Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      June 24, 2014 at 13:55

      Think of how your poor daughter will react when she sees a flesh and blood animal for the first time.
      She’ll think that it crawled out of the TV like in The Ring.

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        June 24, 2014 at 14:43

        Nah, at six months I am exposing her (look, not touch) to animals and the like. She loves them, the little shriek with laughter is just awesome!

        Nah, I am not silly.

        But I do love your comment

        Reply

  9. Ryanza

    June 24, 2014 at 13:49

    This just goes to show that Microsoft is not selling the Xbox One to gamers. It still makes me wonder how Microsoft can stop focusing on games for their video game console and focus so much on the Kinect. They are trying so hard to get this damn Kinect into people’s houses. It just makes me wonder what the real purpose for this fucking Kinect is, because it’s not about gaming, and it’s not about gaming, it needs to fuck off. They are giving me so much reason to put my tin foil hat on.

    Don’t support DRM. Don’t support Kinect to NSA.

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      June 24, 2014 at 13:50

      It might be intended for some kind of facial recognition based DRM system…
      Wow, my mind is not a pleasant place to exist.

      Reply

      • Ryanza

        June 24, 2014 at 13:54

        Well they have mentioned that before. Like if you rent or buy a movie from Xbox Live only a certain amount of people are “allowed” to watch the movie and if Kinect sees that there are too many people watching the movie it will turn off the movie.

        But the way they are so focused on this Kinect, the purpose goes deeper than that, I am sure of it.

        Don’t support DRM

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        • Kensei Seraph

          June 24, 2014 at 14:01

          Holy mother of all that is unholy!
          That’s terrible.

          Reply

        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 14:04

          That was before they realised the potential of NETFLEX.

          Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 24, 2014 at 13:58

      You’re a card.

      Reply

    • oVg FX

      June 24, 2014 at 14:02

      Its an expensive interface that was a cool concept back at E3 2009. But because they pumped so much money into the FAD. They have to keep backing it.

      Reply

      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 14:04

        F= Fail?

        Reply

        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 14:05

          You cant tell the share holders that.

          Reply

          • Rince&exhale

            June 24, 2014 at 14:05

            I don’t need to, they all got the same skype call ‘Xbox On, Investment Capital out”

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 14:05

            Then bug out to Zynga.

        • Kensei Seraph

          June 24, 2014 at 14:05

          D = Device.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            June 24, 2014 at 14:06

            A = Ass
            Failed Ass Device

      • Ryanza

        June 24, 2014 at 14:04

        yeah I know but that’s the boring answer. Tin foil hat answers I like better

        Reply

  10. Rince&exhale

    June 24, 2014 at 13:53

    HAHAHAH! NO.

    Reply

  11. Ryanza

    June 24, 2014 at 13:56

  12. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 24, 2014 at 14:00

    Coming up next on Fantasy News:

    We’ll hear from EA & Ubisoft reps about how people really love Origin & Uplay by trotting out more meaningless 7-digit numbers & Activision will tell us that the new COD game will be innovative.

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      June 24, 2014 at 14:03

      When they say they have X number of subscribers a part of me wonders how many of those have actually used Origin/uPlay in the last 5 years.

      Reply

      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 14:04

        Anyone wanting to play Watchdogs? 0-O Too soon?

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 14:15

        Yes, how many millions of people who installed the crap only did it because they had to in order to play a game, not because they wanted their crappy middleware. I’m looking at you ME3.

        Reply

  13. Hammersteyn

    June 24, 2014 at 14:02

  14. oVg FX

    June 24, 2014 at 14:09

    Nobody loves me 🙁 Even Peter fcked off 🙁

    Reply

    • Rince&exhale

      June 24, 2014 at 14:09

      Taken many years for you to finally accept that. I salute you.

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        June 24, 2014 at 14:19

        Ouch.
        And to your own brother.

        Reply

        • Rince&exhale

          June 24, 2014 at 14:20

          It;’s been a family secret for many years. I’m just tired of having to explain why he has to sit at the bottom of the local rugby grounds with the leftovers from the night before everyday.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 14:53

            I thought it was because they knocked down his troll-bridge.

  15. Ryanza

    June 24, 2014 at 14:09

    People all over the world loves the Kinect so much, says Microsoft.

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/eed50029370da3b12c147ac78b3aabbc/tumblr_mglfdcrd671qz82gvo1_1280.jpg

    Reply

    • oVg FX

      June 24, 2014 at 14:10

      Implied face palm.

      Reply

  16. Rince&exhale

    June 24, 2014 at 14:11

  17. Sovereign

    June 24, 2014 at 14:30

    kinect blows. I have one for my 360, and it sits in a separate room… unplugged. It needs to think about its failure.

    Reply

    • Rince&exhale

      June 24, 2014 at 14:57

      I trust it’s facing the wall?

      Reply

      • Kromas

        June 24, 2014 at 15:04

        with a dunce cap.

        Reply

      • Sovereign

        June 25, 2014 at 17:16

        at all times.

        Reply

  18. HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

    June 24, 2014 at 14:38

    Phil Spencer just admitted that M$ is part of the NSA and watching people in their homes through Kinect!!!

    “We see millions and millions of people using Kinect today. We’ve had over a billion voice commands used. The use of Kinect in people’s homes is incredibly high,”

    Reply

  19. VampyreSquirrel

    June 24, 2014 at 14:51

    Yeah… soooo many people are using it… BECAUSE YOU GAVE THEM NO CHOICE YOU IDIOTS!!!

    Reply

  20. Thats_how_I_Troll

    June 24, 2014 at 15:06

    Just to make the people more paranoid, no one specifically Pieter… How would they know?? Have they been tapping in??

    Reply

  21. 1whiteguy

    June 24, 2014 at 15:13

    They love it so much that you release an kinect-less xbox one w/o a way to buy an the Kinect. You were doing so well not giving gamers BS! Oooooo well back to your CEO BS ways.

    Reply

  22. The Gaming Alcoholic

    June 24, 2014 at 17:04

    Yeah, I’m not believing any of this for a second. If the Kinect wasn’t the only efficient way to record gameplay clips to the One DVR, I’d have never plugged it in once.

    Plus, acknowledging my own mistake, if a consumer were smart, they wouldn’t buy an Xbox One at all, much less a Kinect for it later.

    Reply

  23. J_Joestar

    June 24, 2014 at 20:26

    “A Kinect game relies on the successful Xbox One installed base,”

    That line of thinking doesn’t really work when future sales will no longer guarantee a Kinect for every XBO in the install base.

    Reply

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