Originally Posted by scubasteve2365
Why do you need a camera for that? Wouldn't a microphone built into the console achieve the same thing? You do realize that "next-gen" camera doesn't do anything yet, other than utilize the microphone built into it. Voice commands might be the future, but it's not going to be the future if it's tied to a locked eco-system ala microsoft/xbox/XBL. ..........................
It all comes down to priority I guess. I look to home automation devices for home automation. I'll look to media players for playing media (the Xbox, PS4, Wii, will never do what my popcorn hour or Dune does). I look to gaming consoles for gaming because I don't expect my smart thermostat or refrigerator to start releasing AAA games on it.
it just sounds like games are a secondary priority to you, and that's fine, but understand for most, games are checkbox number 1 for a gaming console.
Valid points.....but......in general terms "uni-taskers" are failures. Most devices are now moving in the direction of multitasking. While it may not work for you myself and many others are looking to remove devices from ths chain, not add. I's much prefer to use a single device for everything.
Voice/visual interface is the future and devices like the Kinect are exactly what's needed to push it to the mainstream. Just like masterchief one could use Cortana to interface with everything......phone, Xbox, computer, tablet. The added bonus is Cortana is now aware of what you do across all platforms. Personally I like the fact is signs recognizes you & signs you in - another family member joining a game is simple.
Originally Posted by henry296
Just to provide the counter point, I point the Xbox One because of Kinect. My primary uses are Xbox Fitness and Kinect Sports Rivals.
Yep, use Fitness all the time, excellent. I like the heart rate monitor is fairly accurate at times - checked against my Polar it often only a few off = Kinect can do some amazing stuff. In my house Xbox Fitness, Kinect Sports Rivals, Zumba, and Just Dance all get used and ALL require the Kinect.
Originally Posted by pcweber111
My question has to be what does MS gain by un-bundling it? If they knock off $100 they're still a less powerful system than the PS4 at the same price. This doesn't count on Sony not doing the same to their system thus still keeping the Xbox more expensive. They'd have to go at least $150 to gain any real advantage and I just can't see them doing it. I can see them biting the bullet and dropping to $400 with Kinect. Sony still might undercut them but at least they have a unique draw to their system and it's less expensive now. I'd be highly surprised to see them un-bundle Kinect. What they need to do is really play to it's advantages (voice control) and come up with a killer app that uses it. Until they do the controversy will continue...................
Well remember where we are - a gaming focused area, going to get a skewed view. I'd say they do need a "mainstream" killer app for Kinect..........though that's tough given the landscape. I see the value in it just from ease of use (and so do many others given this thread).
Originally Posted by Artman22
Great post and I agree 100%. I've actually heard people say that the other console isn't next gen because it doesn't have tv features or snap etc. Gaming should always be priority on a Gaming console. The good thing is that Xbox now had Phil spencer who seems to be gaming focused first. Features are cool, but gaming should be priority. I also agree with many here that the Xbox can do without the kinnect. Voice commands can be achieved without a camera. I own both consoles and I really don't see the reason for a kinnect. Voice commands are also very limited on the one since it can take you to certain apps or settings, but a controller is still required to select some of the options.
Well there's one little problem with "gaming uber alles"..........a stagnant market is a dead market. Check the landscape, dev costs for a AAA title are astronomical. The profit margins for even massively successful games like COD aren't very large. Just look at the publishers - we're down to a handful like Activision, EA, Ubisoft........ They're the only ones who can afford it, not many can. If you can expand the market you can get more sales (well that's the thought anyway). Take Xbox Fitness - MS is trying for a piece of the 3 billion $$$ home fitness market = expansion. I agree gaming should be high on the list but don't eschew other functions. Easy to google many an article that says "go with Xbox as it does more", people like multitaskers. I pretty much do all platforms (yep, even have a WiiU for Donkey Kong) but as yet I have zero reason to get a PS4. For what? Graphics I'll likely never notice in the middle of a firefight? Titles? Uncharted is over a year out. What else does it offer? Nothing compelling = ZERO reason to purchase...........and winner winner I'd miss TitanFall.