All future Xbox 360 apps to require Kinect support

Microsoft sees Kinect as one of their biggest future businesses. The motion sensing and voice recognition device may have launched as an optional gaming peripheral for the Xbox 360 console a year ago but it has expanded to include support for Windows 7 PCs. This week's Dashboard update for the Xbox 360 added even more support for Kinect, including voice searching features via Bing.

Now Kotaku reports that Microsoft is requiring that all future Xbox 360 applications have at least some kind of support for the Kinect device. The specific requirement is that apps must be able to be navigated via Kinect's gesture and/or voice support. Microsoft is helping developers by providing SDK tools to help development teams index the search terms that will be needed for Kinect's voice recognition and gesture features.

It's a major move and one which likely signals how Microsoft will use Kinect in the future. The new requirement for the Kinect support will help developers get used to adding such features in their programs going forward. That will also help developers when they make apps for Microsoft's next version of the Xbox console, which will almost certainly have Kinect support built into the hardware. Kinect's voice recognition for search features will also likely expand to other Microsoft platforms including the PC.

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Good thing they aren't forcing you to use it. My room is too small for a kinect. Im not too eager to get it yet as the tech is still in its infancy. When it's smarter, more accurate and faster ill be a over it. Until then... Someone else can be the lab rat.

Scraggles said,
Good thing they aren't forcing you to use it. My room is too small for a kinect. Im not too eager to get it yet as the tech is still in its infancy. When it's smarter, more accurate and faster ill be a over it. Until then... Someone else can be the lab rat.

There is something available as an add-on for people with smaller rooms, saw it the other day at EB Games.

http://www.ebgames.ca/xbox-360...xbox-360-kinect-zoom/310115

I agree. All Xbox 360 apps and games should have Kinect support.

BUT

NEVER required; As in, if you dont have Kinect, you cant use it. NEVER. Doesnt matter the game/app.

Battlefields Battlelog app for Xbox would be most welcomed.

Halo has Waypoint and Call of Duty has Elite, so why not Battlelog for Battlefield?