Hardware developers are famous for churning out useless accessories. But every so often, a clever company stumbles into something truly brilliant. Most of the time, the peripheral didn't seem important right away but in time it manages to change the direction of the industry.
It was bound to happen sooner or later and it looks like it's happening sooner rather than later: enforcement agencies now have an opportunity to utilize Microsoft's Xbox Kinect for procedural police training. Yes, that is correct. You can now use Kinect to train in baton beating, breaching and entering, and tazing someone in the water.
If you still haven't picked up an Xbox One yet, or perhaps you want to tape two consoles together to make the first ever Xbox Two, then you'll be able to do exactly that for slightly cheaper in the very near future, as Microsoft announces another $50 price cut is coming to its next gen console.
The Kinect 2.0 hasn't had a very fruitful or worthwhile life. It's short span on the market has been a turbulent and troubled one. However, Microsoft is still hedging bets on the camera device becoming something more than the butt of NSA jokes by possibly making it a standalone accessory starting this October.
The new head of the Xbox division believes that all the controversy is water under the bridge and that consumers will buy Kinect, either as part of the package or as a standalone device following the release of the June SKU.
This week Microsoft debuted an Xbox One advertisement featuring Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. The ad has an unintended side effect: it's turning on Xbox One owners' consoles.
One of the only things separating the Xbox One from its competitors was the highly controversial camera device sometimes known as the NSA Spybox, but now it's no longer going to be exclusive to the Xbox One.
Larry “Major 'Flip Switcher' Nelson” Hryb had to come clear the air about where Microsoft stands with what some consider to be the Xbox One's Kinect.
The May system update for Xbox One is now available for download according to Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. The patch enhances the audio and Kinect for the console.
Like the embedded video shows, voice commands is a wonky, shoddy piece of crap that doesn't appear to work on the PS4 just as well as it didn't work on the Xbox One, at launch.
The former golden boy of the Xbox brand has traded in his expository serenades and alluring laudation for biting tones and jagged verbal jabs aimed at Microsoft's proprietary camera device known as Kinect 2.0.
Finally... there's a game coming to the Xbox One that's not coming to the other consoles, and it's making full use of gesture and voice controls. Unsurprisingly enough, it's not an AAA blockbuster title, but rather a Kickstarter called There Came an Echo.
Microsoft was reached by Eurogamer for a comment on the involvement of Kinect being used to spy on people and here's what the Micro 'S' spokesperson had to say...
The brunt of the protocol relied heavily on monitoring Yahoo! chat webcam sessions, along with the Xbox Kinect, in which a lot of sexually explicit images were recovered.
That's right, you guessed it (against your better judgment): Microsoft won't be selling an Xbox One without Kinect... not any time soon, anyway.