Will dropping Kinect result in more Xbox One games? Harrison seems to think so

Friday, 23rd May 2014 11:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s Phil Harrison has explained why he feels the dropping of mandatory Kinect will result in more games on Xbox One.


We reported on Microsoft’s Xbox One Kinect u-turn earlier this month, along with details of a new console bundle without the device.

Now, speaking with OXM, Harrison said of the decision’s long-term impact, “Last week we made a very significant announcement about giving gamers a choice, a choice about how they want to enter the Xbox One ecosystem, by offering them a version of Xbox One both with and without Kinect.

“And fundamentally that is good for opening up the Xbox One ecosystem – the more consumers who buy Xbox One, it’s a virtuous cycle for more developers to make and more consumers to play games, and that is what we’re committed to achieving and continuing.

“But we remain committed to Kinect as the premium way to experience the Xbox One vision. Over 80 per cent of Kinect Xbox Ones are active, over 120 voice commands are issued per day on average by all users of the console, so when you have this premium experience that is where the Xbox One comes alive.”

Do you use your Kinect’s voice functions on Xbox One? Let us know below.



  1. viralshag

    When I first got my XBO I used the voice commands but after a while it was pointless and unnecessary. The only really useful one was “Record that”.

    I really wanted to like the XBO and despite all the u-turns and questionable decisions made prior to launch, I put my faith in them and purchased at launch. Sadly, it just wasn’t a very enjoyable experience and I didn’t fall in love with it like I did my 360.

    Since having sold it and jumped ship to PS4, the grass is definitely greener and I can’t fault the system. In almost all respects I find it a better machine. It’s a shame even now MS don’t seem to have a solid game plan for the XBO.

    #1 4 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    If we look at the bigger picture, then perhaps its possible. But in terms of third party games i don’t see a fault here. However, in terms of Japanese games/indie games they may fall behind Nintendo & Sony in that regard. Although if hes referring to the time it would take for third parties to ditch old gen, then yes that makes sense.

    #2 4 months ago
  3. bradk825

    “Xbox record that” has been a lot of fun for me to use, but most of them are only useful to me when I am too lazy to get the controller.

    That said, I also get some use out of “snap party, unsnap, use a code.”

    #3 4 months ago

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