The Downside Of Xbox One Without Kinect

Fans had been asking for it and finally Microsoft listened, introducing a Kinect free bundle for Xbox One. Perhaps it’s now time for players to look at the bigger picture and what they would be missing out on without Kinect.

Some of the games which will be totally unplayable without a Kinect include:

  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Fighter Within
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (upcoming)

There are even some games which although don’t require a Kinect but have some cool features available in them which players will not be able to utilize anymore with the Kinect less bundle.

Zombies in Dead Rising 3 could be distracted or taunted by using the Kinect microphone to shout at them.

Voice commands could be used to order your troops during the heat of battle in Ryse: Son of Rome. Many other games like Battlefield 4, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, FIFA 14, Forza 5 used various Kinect features.

All these will no longer be available with the Kinect less bundle of Xbox One. In addition to this, players will have to navigate the Xbox Dashboard with their controllers instead of voice commands as the UI was more geared towards fast voice navigation.

Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer for Xbox has confirmed in an interview with Engadget that Microsoft will be working on making the interface friendlier for users without a Kinect.