Xbox One's Kinect is "unnecessary" and "a joke," Molyneux says
"It would be unthinkable" if Microsoft did not one day offer a system without the camera, Fable designer Peter Molyneux says.
The Kinect camera is an "unnecessary" add-on for the Xbox One and overall its inclusion is a "joke," according to industry veteran and longtime former Microsoft employee Peter Molyneux.
"I actually wish Kinect wasn't a requirement," Molyneux, who now runs his own indie studio 22Cans, told Edge. "It feels like an unnecessary add-on to me. Maybe it's because we're in England, and it doesn't really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke."
Molyneux also said that the Kinect camera itself can be finicky.
"My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn't work," he said. "[Microsoft] could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect]. I'm sure they're going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn't."
Do you guys agree? I only partially do, but mostly don't, as I think even if we don't see it's full potential now and even if it was supposed to be misused by Microsoft, it's still a product that can be great and this might only be a necessary stepping stone towards it. I personally would even wanted to have something similar to it for the PS systems if only it weren't so intrusive. Hopefully, someday, someone finds a more practical use for it that doesn't resort to gimmicks like voice controls and switching from games to TV. Also, I don't know who this person who is saying this, but from reading about his former stance on the Kinect, I question his motives on his current one - but again, I know nothing about the guy, so I could be wrong. Just my two cents. What do you guys think?Molyneux's downtrodden outlook for the Kinect camera is somewhat of an about-face for the Fable creator. He was a strong supporter of the Kinect-enabled Project Milo prototype for Xbox 360 and didn't shy away from speaking optimistically about Kinect functionality for Fable: The Journey.
On Xbox 360, the Kinect camera was optional. But for the Xbox One, it's included with every system. Microsoft says this allows developers to create better games because they know Kinect will be there. It also is presumably the reason why the Xbox One carries a $100 premium over the PlayStation 4.