New Kinect Costs Almost As Much as Xbox One


A post on GamesIndustry from yesterday points the way back to a Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” or AMA, in which an anonymous (but verified) Microsoft developer offered up some details about the work being done to create the Xbox One console. Among the more interesting revelations: the new Kinect sensor, which is a required and packed-in accessory, costs almost as much to manufacture as does the Xbox One itself.

“The majority of the masses care only about the console. Except that the success of the Kinect carries much more weight to us. The sensor costs almost as much as the console to make.

The goal with having a Kinect ship with every Xbox is to guarantee to game developers if they implement Kinect features into their games, everyone who has an Xbox will be able to experience it. I often see people dismiss the Kinect instantly because they haven’t seen it work like I have. It is an integral part of the Xbox One experience.”

If nothing else, that should point to the Kinect working quite a bit better than the sensor of the current generation, which for its lifecycle has been plagued with inaccuracies and poor implementation. The most success the original Kinect had was with those who hacked into its guts and used it for their own purposes. As for games? Not so much.

But hearing that the new Kinect will cost a pretty penny (and is likely the main reason that the Xbox One costs $500, allowing the sensor-less PS4 to cost $400) at the very least might signify that the device will work a damn sight better. It may actually track your movements well, and may actually recognize your voice commands, and may actually be a worthwhile addition to your living room.

That said, if you’re not interested in motion-based gaming, you’re not interested in it. There’s a reason the Wii sold really well among non-gamers, and then didn’t get much or any support from third party developers. So far motion-based gaming has proven to be a very effective fad, and far from the video game revolution it was promised to be.

[Via GamesIndustry]

  1. Now all we need is that Microsoft to say that you can unplug it from the console, then we can buy the Xbone and sell the damn thing to cover the console costs,a win for everybody.

    • But that’s only if the buyer somehow broke their old Kinect or that Microsoft made it able to connect to your PC for use as a First Robotics robot camera.

      • There will always be people interested on it for other purposes, same way they hacked the first for a number of uses, so, if you didn’t need to have it plugged, and could sell for, say 400 dollars, Xbone would become far, far more interesting.

  2. I still dont want the stupid thing. It doesnt matter how accurate it is, I still cant use the thing because my room is small and the space between the front of my recliner and entertainment stand is at best a 2×5 foot area. I plan on plugging it in and putting it in the cupboard in my entertainment center…out of sight, out of mind

  3. So the concerns that Microsoft is placing an infrared camera that can be remotely activated in everyone’s living room, that could be used to spy on people for corporate interests / intelligence gathering has been resolved?

    • No, Microsoft is currently fighting with the government over the NSA being able to spy on people with the kinect freely.

  4. The producers for Dead Rising 3 gave an interesting scenario in the game. The zombies in the game respond to noises you make. So let’s say you are playing DR3 with a friend and he needs time to set up a bomb. You can yell at the zombies and draw them toward you. This gives your friend enough time to do his thing. It’s the little things like this that are cool.

    And the SmartGlass thing for DR3 seems very cool as well. Let’s say you download SmartGlass to your smartphone. They’ve set it up that what happens in the game also goes to your phone. So the scenarios they were talking is someone in the game calls your phone. You get voice messages, video messages, text messages on your cell phone from the person in the game! How cool is that?

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