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New Kinect Touted in ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ Preview

    March 12, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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It is now clear that Xbox One console sales are quickly falling behind the PlayStation 4. The largest factor in this is almost certainly the fact that the Xbox One offers less computing power at the higher price point of $500 (versus Sony’s $400 PS4). Though Microsoft has consistently insisted that the Xbox One offers a superior value proposition, it appears that consumers do not agree.

This situation has led to a growing call from some gamers for Microsoft to drop the Kinect peripheral from its mandatory placement alongside every Xbox One console sold. The logic goes that if Microsoft would give up on the Kinect it could better compete with Sony on price.

Whether or not this is actually the case, it seems that Microsoft will no be abandoning the Kinect anytime soon. Since before the launch of the Xbox One Microsoft has been touting the features of the new Kinect.

The only problem is that gamers have not seen many of these features used outside of the polarizing voice commands. Kinect Sports Rivals, which Microsoft picked to help sell the Xbox One to mainstream consumers through an appearance on Jimmy Fallon last year, was delayed past the console’s launch window. This left the Xbox One with only a dance and Ubisoft’s poorly-received Fighter Within to show off the new Kinect.

Now April is approaching and Kinect Sports Rivals is finally nearing release. With the Titanfall launch out of the way, Microsoft is now once again marketing the Kinect as a feature. The first of these efforts is, of course, a new Kinect Sports Rivals preview featuring dubstep and good-looking people flailing their limbs about:

  • Terrorantula

    Works really well, play the preview Jet Ski thing with my friend, tracked us both perfectly. My only problem is, you’ll only ever be on a 2D plane because you have to look at the screen. Microsoft need a Wii-Mote + Nunchuck like thing to compliment the Kinect, I tried a shooter with the Playstation Move and it worked so well, almost like using a keyboard and mouse it was that fast and accurate. I do not like analogue sticks for use of camera control, it is too slow…

    I look forward to seeing what Kinect can do, I think Indie developer support is needed as they’re the true innovators. I’d love to see a track IR kind of thing with maybe Dayz or ARMA 3 on the Xbox One.

    So much potential, Microsoft cannot abandon it now, it’s the only advantage they have over the PS4. The Xbox One is the better deal, £399 vs £350, you get a £45 game with the Xbox One, you get nothing with the PS4, you also get Kinect, which the camera on the PS4 is another £50. With twitch streaming, more and more people will use that camera now.

    Xbox Fitness is another Killer app, I do Insanity every day, it was the reason I went Xbox One over the PS4. I was disappointed it only launched with one workout, it now had three… I hope more will come, but as they do, it really makes Kinect worth it alone for me. I enjoy doing it, but please can people get better as I more than double the average, I swear people give up half way through.