E3 2013: The Xbox One is going to be subtle with Kinect


By Darryn Bonthuys on Friday, June 14, 2013

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Enough negative Xbox One news, at least for a few hours. I’ll admit that Microsoft isn’t doing a great job communicating their new console, but there’s still a lot of grunt under that hood. And believe it or not, the most surprising feature of the console may come from the hardware side that most gamers don’t want: The Kinect.

In a demo session with Microsoft’s Jeff Henshaw that I attended, the more subtle uses of the Kinect were shown off. Henshaw started playing a standard FPS demo, and spoke about how the game being used, had standard controls for combat.

But using the Kinect, Henshaw added more moves to his repertoire. An idea Henshaw says, that came about from a desire to provide more for gamers, without having them raise their hands from the controller.

"When I play a traditional first-person shooter most of the time my hands stay on the controller," Henshaw said.

Games in the past generation can’t always rely on A: A sensor always being there, and B: The sensor isn’t subtle enough to detect something like a lean while you’re playing.

By leveraging subtle gestures and combining them with hardcore controls the Kinect becomes meaningful even for hardcore gamers.

To demonstrate this, Henshaw showed us how raising the controller to his chest brought up a shield, or how tapping his head quickly switched the view from normal to X-Ray. Adding to that, Henshaw also used voice commands and a quick solo hand gesture to paint targets and call down missile attacks.

Personally, I like the idea behind the Kinect and games with a more hardcore lean. I like that it’s subtle, and not necessary to the gameplay. I recognise the fact that I move around when I play games. I lean when I steer a car, I get agitated when I get blasted.

Of course, the biggest hurdle here is getting developers to use this technology accurately. As I said, I like subtle. I don’t like forced gimmicks. Here’s hoping that we don’t see these advancements coming, because that’s how you do next-gen.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.
  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    But Kinect was so great for the xbox 360. All those quality no button games… :P /trolling

    • Gustav Minnie

      Still way better than that wannabe vibrator from Sony…. ;)

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Would I be banned from online play if I flipped the thing the bird?

    • Scruff304

      Banned? No…. Flip you off back and go all red ring of death on your ass? Possible…

      • http://www.codescrawls.co.za/ Edwin le Roux

        I think if this thing goes red ring. It will be allot worse.

        “You can’t do that Dave. I can’t allow you to leave Dave”

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Not a fan of what has been said so far. The fact that you NEED it and that the camera is always on when the console is freaks me out. its not like a PC where we can set different settings. It just the way it is and we must just deal with it…

  • Jakster

    So just how much of booty can the new Kinect pick up? Does a bigger booty get me a bigger shield?

    • Sageville

      If thats so I’d be designated shield for a few squadrons of players.

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    How does this work if there is more than one person sitting next to you when you play. How does this affect the detection of the models

    • Argentil

      I think it should be fine as long as the spectator doesn’t move around too much. The detection is pretty accurate.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol can just imagine you hitting your mate because hes moving too much next to you. better hope your bud ain’t a troll

  • Argentil

    This reminds me, PS4 Camera recognises gestures now.

  • Sageville

    I see great possibilities, interactive porn!

    The kinetic wil monitor my excitement levels and porn intensity will be adjusted likewise.

    I think we have a winner!

    • Jakster

      That’s a revolutionary idea!

  • Goth_Nerd

    I think this says it all

    • Argentil

      Lol, that’s brutal.

      • Goth_Nerd

        brutal is my middle name that nobody knows lol

  • Jakster

    Kinect 2.0 is coming to PC. Another reason to not get the Xbone.

    • Argentil

      I don’t see anyone adopting it, to be fair. Maybe a niche crew. Unless they make it compulsory. That would suck. I would live on Windows 7 for as long as possible, and maybe move over to Linux if I really had to.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    It will be very subtle in my living room… non existent actually.

  • saneman

    OK seriously except for the fatties who need to lose weight and kids who have waaay to much energy who even wants a kinetic? The reason we have keyboards and mice and controllers is because they reduce the physical amount of effort required to do the same task, so you can enjoy/continue that activity without tiring physically.
    And on the back of the NSA spying, who really microsoft(already in trouble with skype) to put an ALWAYS ON HD CAMERA AND MIC in your living room which is never offline for more than 24 hours?

  • Marc O Polo

    the problem comes with non exclusive titles, will the developers bother to use it if its only being used on 1 platform!

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