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PODCAST | Has Microsoft killed Kinect... and do we even care?

Matt Gardner
Kinect, Kinect 2.0, Microsoft, Podcast, U-Turn, Xbox One

PODCAST | Has Microsoft killed Kinect... and do we even care?

It's emergency podcast time! Microsoft, having just announced that they're to unbundle the Kinect camera from the Xbox One in an upcoming console package, are put under the microscope of scrutiny in today's discussion.

We ask if Microsoft has shot itself in the foot with the latest u-turn, we ponder over just how much of a slap in the face this is for early adopters, we wonder if the last year has been an enormous waste of time and money, and we think upon the price cut this will no doubt mean for the camera-less option and see how it might fare up against the PS4 going forwards.

Has Microsoft done the right thing? Will this allow the Redmond company to just focus on the games in the near future with E3 around the corner? Are you happy about this as a consumer or disappointed that MS didn't stick to its guns and lied through their teeth for the past year?

Is this the end of Kinect? Do we give a badger's chestnut either way? Hit play to listen to us chat excitably about all of this and more in today's emergency podcast!

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Realhoneyman  May. 13, 2014 at 18:39

You know, even though I don't own an Xbox One it shows a visible level of responsiveness from Microsoft that they have made these changes so soon after the console's original release. It gives me the impression that the executives making the decisions in the gaming division (i.e Phil Spencer and others) realise what's important; that being consumer confidence and loyalty. These changes show an awareness of customers and their value to the company.

Such a change to the company message when the Xbox One was originally unveiled and their keynote at E3 last year. As opposed to telling consumers that it was the MS way or the highway, now they're communicating with them on respectful terms again and it makes a difference.

Maybe SONY won't be a clear front-runner in this generation after all...

Last edited by Realhoneyman, May. 13, 2014 at 18:40
JoeDark64  May. 13, 2014 at 19:34

Picked up an X1 on day 1 and have found Kinect to be really cool especially with apps like Kinect Fitness.

Having said that giving people a choice (there will be both SKUs) will likely increase the installed user base which is good news for X1 owners.

Sadly customers are obsessed with cheaper priced SKUs. The PSP initially came in two varieties. One base pack with just the machine. The Value Pack came with a case, memory card and strap. The price difference was only £20 or £30 yet we sold the base packs hand over fist. These same customers came in again over the next few days and spent £50 plus on those accessories that came included in the Value Pack!! Nuts!

If MS had announced this at E3 this message would have overshadowed whatever games announcements they might have so this is probably quite a good move now and allows them to properly focus on games during E3. Which is nice :)

googleberry  May. 13, 2014 at 23:53

Like the idea of the kinect (except the bit where the NSA can use it to spy in my living room) however I would never pay for it.

Good move. They'll now need mind blowing exclusives to silence the 900p vs. 1080p, 30fps vs 60fps PS4 crowd.

Last edited by googleberry, May. 13, 2014 at 23:54
sizzle99999  May. 14, 2014 at 10:47

since when is the ps4 1080p 60fps ?

Late  May. 14, 2014 at 10:57

Well there's Watch Dogs...

Oh. Hang on...


X) lol Sony.
(Sony have now removed their references to 1080p and 60fps from their site.)

JonLester  May. 14, 2014 at 11:24

@Late: Heh, just posted about that. Though discussing resolutions is very tedious, we deserve games that look the business and run smoothly for our money.

Plus, I admit, we do love pointing fingers at transnational corporations who're caught telling naughty fibs/massaging the truth. Sadly Sony have overplayed their hand twice in one week.

And it's only Wednesday.

Last edited by JonLester, May. 14, 2014 at 11:39

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