Molyenux: The Kinect is a “Joke”
According to industry veteran, Fable creator, and longtime former Microsoft employee Peter Molyneux, Xbox One’s Kinect camera’s inclusion is a “joke” and an “unnecessary” add-on to the system.
“I actually wish Kinect wasn’t a requirement,” Molyneux, told Edge. “It feels like an unnecessary add-on to me. Maybe it’s because we’re in England, and it doesn’t really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke.”
Molyenux also believes the camera can be finicky and unresponsive.
“My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn’t work,” he said. “[Microsoft] could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect]. I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.”
However, Molyenux’s negative view towards the Kinect is something of a revelation for the veteran, as he was a strong advocate for the device back in its 360 days. But it should be noted that the Kinect was never required in order to turn on and use the Xbox 360. Microsoft has stressed time and time again that it doesn’t plan on separating the Kinect from Xbox One.
Even though the Kinect costs an extra $100, pricing the Xbox One at $500, Target is currently offering a $450 bundle with Xbox Live Gold for those unwilling to spend the premium price for the console.
New Xbox head Phil Spencer has also stated that while the Kinect might be an issue for some, the company is currently solely focusing on providing software for its systems and it’s users.