Microsoft Requires Kinect Functionality For All Future Apps Built For Xbox 360

So, the future of the Xbox 360 is upon us. It'll have lots of TV and video content. Microsoft's looking to turn their dedicated game machine into yet another app repository. With a worldwide install base of 57 million consoles worldwide, lots of partners want their stuff on the 360. And, as would follow, Microsoft's setting up some requirements as to what needs to be built into software hoping to show up in the second Xbox.

The Kinect motion sensor stands at the centre of one those requirements. (The other one is parental controls, which makes sense.) Other features app developers can implement like avatar or Facebook integration are optional, but anyone looking to have their content or experiences on the Xbox will need to make sure that users will be able to navigate with gestures or voice. A year ago, this wasn't a requirement, just a cool added feature. But, with the success of Kinect, Microsoft's trying to make ensure that its usage in every aspect of the console. But, Microsoft's helping developers making apps with tools to help index search terms for voice recognition and motion controls. What they want to happen is to have a standard for voice search across a multiple partner pipeline, one that will spread out across PCs, Windows Phones and other devices Microsoft will power moving forward. The fact that Kinect plays a big part of that just reflects how important the device has already become for Microsoft


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    Well, this confirms it. The future of gaming on Xbox will be innacurate motion controls. -___-

    This is a stupid requirement.

      Not really. I'd say this requirement represents the need to be able to control everything via voice commands. It'd be extremely frustrating to be browsing 90% of the console without controller in hand, and have to go get it just for one app.

      Also realise that apps are not games. The apps are separate utilities, like Facebook or video streaming services.

      MS have been very clear from the beginning that they recognise that Kinect doesn't suit many existing games/genres, and should only be used for games designed around it.

      I don't have a Kinect, but if you did and you used your Xbox purely for Kinect games and you didn't even have batteries in the controller, it would make you hate your Xbox if one or two apps didn't have Kinect enabled.
      I can see why this is "stupid" (I agree that it seems uneccessary) however from a corporate perspective, this is probably a good move by Microsoft

    prob make everything take 3x longer to develop and come out now.

      That's good, potentially fewer bugs

    Have you tried it yet though, you finally get it to recognise that you're saying facebook,then you have to pick up your controller anyway to use the FB app!

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