Kinect “is as core to” 360 “as Live is,” says Spencer

Tuesday, 26th October 2010 11:16 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer has told GameSpot that Kinect is as vital to Xbox 360 as Xbox Live.

Speaking at a Kinect launch party in San Francisco, Spencer said there is more third-party core content on the way.

“Well we view Kinect as a fundamental part of the [Xbox 360] platform,” said Spencer.

“It is as core to the platform as [Xbox] Live is. And we think about the all products in our pipeline, including things that haven’t been announced. And just like there’s an [Internet] pipe connected to the dev kits, there’s a camera connected to the dev kits.

“So you think about those dev kits and those teams and that creative space, and how they want to add [Kinect] to that experience.

“I think over time for first party, you’re not going to see that differentiation between “Is that a Kinect game?” and “Is that not a Kinect game?” You’re just going to think about these things as 360 games. Now that doesn’t mean there’s no controller included.

“This is just like Live, since Live is used in many different ways across many different experiences that we build.”

Spencer added that it wasn’t forcing third-party publishers to add in support for the camera for its games.

“This isn’t about trying to ram stuff in where it doesn’t belong,” he said.

“For us, the experience is from the ground up, and that’s why you see the first launch experiences are completely body controlled.

“Now one thing we, as a first party, don’t want to do is dominate our platform.”

Spencer added: “There’s a real healthy third-party ecosystem on our platform; that’s really important. We want to foster that. We get our games out to third parties early; we show them what we’re doing in first party to help build interest and excitement.”

“The level of support we’re seeing from third party is growing.”

Kinect launches on November 4 in the US and November 10 in Europe.



  1. themadjock

    Choochoo on this:

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor


    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gama_888

    do ya think he really belives that or jus says it for the hype? :P

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @1 WRONG! :D

    #4 4 years ago
  5. polygem

    i still can´t kinect to it at all…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. themadjock

    @4 – I think that was Choochoo’s gran, great gran probably given his likely age

    #6 4 years ago
  7. orakaa

    @1 and 4: OMG, I laughed so much… Thanks for this.
    And regarding the article… seriously… come on, Kinect will ONLY sell (if any) thanks to advertising. It will be the same as the Wii Fit thing : after 1 month-use, no Kinect owner will ever use it again…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. abnormal alan


    wow that video is straight off one of my jokes in that win a Halo console competition

    #8 4 years ago
  9. themadjock

    I love that video, anybody spot the guy showing his girlfriend how to teabag someone :) I lol’d so hard….

    #9 4 years ago
  10. _LarZen_

    As a owner of both PS3 and X360 I dont see any reason to resub to Live. And yeah Kinect is just as core as Live, a overpriced and pointless feture.

    Wont resub and wont cry if Microsoft wants back their Kinect testing unit.

    #10 4 years ago

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