To be perfectly honest, Kinect and me don't quite get along. Sure, Dance Central is fun, and Fruit Ninja Kinect works, but apart from that, well... nada really. I haven't used it at all. I certainly haven't used it for voice controls. But according to David Quinn, at Rare, increasing the level of voice recognition, to the point where it recognises natural speech, is next for the device.
"We pushed speech pretty hard in Sports 2," said Quinn, talking to Gamasutra. "But it was also a very say-what-you-see approach; in golf, you change clubs [by saying] 'four iron', kind of thing."
"What I'd like to see and what we're investigating now is a more natural conversation way of talking to the Kinect, so you can say, 'Hey, caddy, give me a five iron,' or 'Hey, caddy, what should I use now?'"
Voice recognition is one of those things that, if it has to be done, has to be done well. I think for the most part Kinect has done a good job of it, but natural speech? I'll believe it when it understands a single word of my Scottish jibberish!