Here we are again with more good news from MS. This was such a small deal that I had a feeling that this would turn out to be the reality. Now people that had been complaining about privacy worries or wanting to be able to store it away when not in use get their wish.
And here we go again with people negative on MS for this news. More good news is attacked and spun as a big minus. I'm getting tired of this stuff going around and around.
Developers can still be confident that if they create compelling content that uses Kinect, every X1 owner can make use of it. That means more Kinect only titles, but I think the bigger part is that means more hybrid options. Taking core titles and using Kinect where it makes sense, not trying to break standard controls, but adding controls that compliment them. That means voice and gesture uses. At the same time, customers have the option of not using Kinect at all if they aren't interested.
I like how Microsoft is essentially going through a checklist of complaints about the Xbox One, crossing them out one by one.
Yeah I agree, and yet unfortunately, they seem to still get grief for it. The internet echo chamber is just a mess sometimes.
Who wants to bet that Microsoft reverses on more XBox stuff:
- 3rd party apps, IE & Skype no longer behind the XBL Gold paywall
- Kinect-less SKU
- Removed ads from XBox UI
They already removed the ads from the Home dash screen, so they seem to be trying to cut that stuff down already.
I still think we will see MS announce an open app store, something like a mobile app store, that is not behind Gold. At the same time, they could offer some premium apps or content that is behind Gold. We will see.