“Next big thing,” from Kinect will come as developers gain more experience with it, says Tsunoda

Saturday, 19th May 2012 16:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda has said the “evolution of existing features as well as the invention of new ones,” from Kinect will come from its current model and not Kinect 2, as developers become more experienced using current tech.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Tsunoda said “the next big thing,” will come as developers “get better and better at working with Kinect.”

“I think that waiting for the next big thing isn’t about waiting for the Kinect 2,” he said. “It’s more about all the great invention that can be done in software without having to go out and spend money on a new device.

“I think right now we’re in an area where you’re going to start seeing some amazing Kinect experiences based on things like using voice or using full body or using identity. And then I think going forward you’re going to see a lot more people really blending all of the different features of Kinect together to build some really rich and immersive new types of experiences.

“I think that’s why you see Kinect branching off into all different genres of games now. It’s because developers are able to do more with the technology as they’ve become more experienced in working with it.”

“It’s not where you have to wait for Kinect 2 for something to be different as much as the more that we’re able to play with Kinect and update Kinect over time, all of the capabilities in all different types of scenarios, we’re going to keep pushing.”

Tsunoda has talked previously on the possibility of future Kinect tech being able to sense tone of voice and and body stance.



  1. diego-rbb-93

    I really hate this guy. You first give the devs a completely developed tech. Them, they´ll bring the great innovations, not “rich and immersive – Star Wtf!? Wars – experiences”.

    You dont have to go far: actually, besides Dance Central, the best Kinect experience so far seems to be Steel Battalion. And for the moment, its a hybrid between controller and Kinect.

    Really tired about this guy trying to sell us heaven, and being unable to make self-criticism about his product.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Amazing experiences based on using full body? Isn’t that because kinnect isn’t precise enough to interpret simple hand gestures? Wouldn’t that be something worth spending money on?

    Lol, what a depressing little read :|

    #2 3 years ago
  3. NiceFellow

    Kinect hasn’t even seen a first big thing never mind a next big thing. I haven’t played one thing on it that felt truly unique to the device.

    Dance Central has been the best – but most of the rest has been middling to downright awful.

    Kinect has great promise as in commercial non-gaming device judging by all the great stuff I’ve seen, but so far I’d say not so much as an actual gaming device.

    So far I’ve just been amazed how much marketing and hype has been able to push the device given the actual game-play has been distinctly lacking.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Da Man

    #13 Marketing, in other words an act of finding customers interested in your product. If so much people ‘re having fun with these dance games, there’s hardly anything to be amazed at..

    I’m shocked how well the vegetables sell this season, there must be lots of marketing involved.

    #4 3 years ago

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