Greenberg: Hardcore gamers are still MS’s focus

Monday, 14 June 2010 16:46 GMT By Joe Anderson

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Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has said that hardcore gamers will not be forgotten now that Kinect is here.

Speaking after the recent reveal of the motion device, Greenberg told IGN: “The nice thing for us is that we have diversity. We’re not in any way saying that we’re not going to continue to do the best or focus on the blockbuster games that make Xbox great for gamers. That continues.”

Greenberg was quick to point out that despite the obvious comparisons to the Wii, Kinect is not a forced experience.

“We’re going to continue to invest in Live and the online community there. This is additive, on top of what we already have.

“There’s a key difference in the technology and the experience between Natal and the Wii, but we’re not taking our entire platform and making everything controller-free.”

The Microsoft man does believe, however, that many current Xbox 360 owners will find Kinect intriguing enough to pick it up.

“I think that will drive a lot of interest for current owners as a thing you get on top of what you already have. And for a broader, more casual user, it’s a way they can now experience and play without having to learn to use a controller. It sees you. It hears you. It recognizes your body. It allows you to play naturally without ever having played a game before.”

Microsoft will be revealing a lot more on the device very soon, so stay tuned.

Thanks, Daytripper

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