Kinect Sports Rivals tech can be used in other games, says Rare

Tuesday, 18th March 2014 12:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Kinect Sports Rivals developer Rare has discussed the nature of its character creation tech, which uses the sensor’s camera to pull in and adapt your likeness. Studio head Craig Duncan has suggested that the tool could be implemented into future games.


Speaking with OXM, Duncan said, “It’s always great that we have core bits of technology that extend beyond the game. We have a number of things – the world looks beautiful, the art team have done an amazing job, as have the rendering team and everybody who enables that – so I think it’s an incredible-looking game and that’s something we can build into other games.

“And even things like our Champion creation system, that could absolutely live in a different type of game as well. We always look at that. It’s not so much about what can we take, but what can we build on to ensure that the next game that comes out of Rare has something new and different that people didn’t expect, that challenges what we can do in gaming again.”

The use of facial capture on Xbox One is a new concept that could happily exist within other titles, but it’s not clear what other applications it could have down the line. That said; Duncan added that Rare is poised and happy to share its knowledge of the tech with other first and third-party developers.

“We always work very closely with the platform team,” he added, “so whenever we do things that improve maybe the way skeleton tracking work, that gets fed back into SDKs that ultimately then go out to other developers. So that process happens organically.

“Very very occasionally we’ll get a call, and they’ll say hey – I won’t go into details, but – ‘”hey, we’ve got a developer that’s trying to do something with X using Kinect, would you mind hooking them up with a couple of your guys?” And we always do that, because it’s great for the Xbox platform, it’s great for everyone, and we like collaborating with other teams as well.”

Are you looking forward to Kinect Sports Rivals? Let us know below.

The game drops on April 8 in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, then April 11 in Europe.



  1. GuuR

    Imho, Rare shouldn’t be wasted on crappy games such as this one just for the sake of a device that is just a waste of money and space. The XO with Kinect is nothing more than a McDonalds menu. While you’d rather just want a burger and fries, you cannot buy a menu without it. It will cost you more bought separately and therefore you buy a menu and dump f*ing soda without drinking or using it. At least McDonalds gives me the option of separate purchases…

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Major Mayhem 70

    Wow dude, you dug real deep to try and make that correlation. Missed it by a mile I might add, but seeing that it was just your opinion and you seem like your hungry, we’ll forgive you. Now go get something to eat. May I suggest Burger King, their slogan is to have it your way. Lol

    #2 9 months ago
  3. XbonerVsPiss4

    I hope they don’t use this tech in others Xbone games!! Rare are being wasted IMHO at the moment. XBone FTW!!

    #3 8 months ago
  4. bradk825

    I hope they are able to sell the programming to other third parties to use in their games, obviously with updates to customize it to the game. Imagine COD’s soldier creation updated to use the facial scan, so your soldier now has your face. Or an RPG like Mass Effect or Dragon Age. Wonder what you might look like as an Orc? Find out!

    By the way I’ve been playing quite a bit of KSR this week and it’s a tonne of fun. Online gamer rage is “rare”ly rooted in truth. See what I did there?

    #4 8 months ago

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