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Microsoft Doesn't Even Mention Kinect at E3 This Year

Last year's Microsoft E3 conference was a dud, this year's conference delivered. With zero mention of the Kinect.

Fresh off the Microsoft press conference of this year's E3, Xbox One is looking strong. Damn strong.

And with no help from the Kinect.

The cornerstone Xbox peripheral device has had a healthy degree of controversy ever since last year's E3 including alarmist NSA concerns and price criticism. While the device was a large focus last year, Kinect had zero mention this year. 

Even when a new Dance Central game was announced, the presenters glazed over the fact that the game requires a Kinect. This was possibly the strongest move Microsoft could have made to save face after last year.

Microsoft Brought Their A-Game

With lots of fan favorite franchises, plenty attention-grabbing new games, a healthy 'holla' to the indie scene, a large focus on online co-op & multiplayer, and absolutely zero mention of the Kinect - Microsoft really stepped up this year.

Since last year's Microsoft conference was such a dud, this year's fans were pleasantly surprised to find themselves ooh-ing and ahh-ing quite a bit. Sunset Overdrive took the piss out of modern military shooters with humor and style, the collection of indie games was impressive, the Halo franchise updates have fans foaming at the mouth, and Project Spark's Conker cameo stole the show.

Well done, Microsoft. You had our curiosity for 2014, but now you have our attention.

Published Jun. 9th 2014
  • Devilsmack
    They sure did better, but I didn't see them strong enough. They showed lots of 3rd party IPs, but VERY little exclusive or proprietary ones. Sony, on the other hand, did so.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    I think Sony did OK - but a large number of the exclusives* came with the asterisk "exclusive console debut" - which is pretty far from being actually exclusive. Nintendo, on the other hand, absolutely beast-moded with exclusives.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    They may be far from full-fledged exclusives, but they actually offered a lot more games I want to play, and the Powers TV series certainly helps me feel better about the relative dry period of PS Plus games (Skullgirls and Puppeteer not withstanding).

    Microsoft did a solid job and almost had me convinced, but then the Playstation conference pulled me back in.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I'm sad they didn't mention the Kinect. Kinect 2.0 is now going to suffer the same fate as the Kinect 1.0. Irrelevance. It's awful in my opinion, there is enormous potential with the Kinect 2.0 and of course hot headed gamers with nothing better to do than flame have ruined it.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    Well, those hot headed gamers are still the ones who are going to put money where their mouths are. Seems to be that the market doesn't really prioritize Kinect games, so neither will Microsoft.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    It's not even remotely about the games for me. It's about revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Phones are getting good at it now, why can't we put some effort into powerful devices to run such tech. Illumiroom is one of the ideas that they HAVE to keep going for. It upsets me that people can't look past things and see the real future and its potential. This is why the day Kinect 2.0 is released for PC with the SDK, I am building apps for it. I look forward to the day that I have voice and motion control over my computer. I want my computer to audibly say hello when I sit down. I want to see voice packs sold, I want the SuperGiant Games narrator to be my computer. The Kinect 2.0 being a mandatory part of Xbox One helps ensure this development is taken seriously. It just won't anymore and I'm not happy about it :(.
  • zoLo567
    Senior Intern
    I am not much of an Xbox fan, but I gotta admit that Microsoft impressed me. I was not expecting that. And I think that dropping the Kinect was a good move for Microsoft.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    It was a significantly better conference than last year's! Microsoft and Nintendo are both looking good.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Very pleased with their presentation, especially with Halo :)
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    I gotta say, they had a lot to prove this year and I think they did it right.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I agree completely. It was a smart move on their end!
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    #GameOn, or as Sony put it #FlameOn.
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    The attachment that shall not be named.

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