Xbox One: List of Confirmed Kinect 2.0 Features That Are Worthy of Excitement

So Microsoft is offering Xbox One bundle with Kinect 2.0 for $499 ($100 more than the cost of Sony's PS4). So this post here is related to what features new Kinect has to offers to Xbox One gamers.

Xbox One with Kinect 2.0The list below features things announced related Kinect 2.0 and are worthy of excitement no matter whether it's related UI navigation or actual in-game usage.


  • UI Navigation with Hand Gestures: You can flip, grab, drag, and push.
  • UI Navigation with Voice Commands: “xbox on,” “go home,” “snap Skype,” “watch TV,” “play game” are some of the commands you can use. There are tons more.
  • Identity Recognition: After you sign in the first time, the Kinect will remember your face, associate it with your live account and can automatically sign you in when you walk in front of the Kinect and pick up a controller. This enables an array of features such as automatically loading your favorites, your settings, your list of games, etc.
  • Controller recognition: This works in junction with identity. Each controller is bound to the player holding it. There was a question asked about removal of the LED rings and not being able to tell who is player X. It doesn’t matter which controller you are using. The console handles it and recognizes where you and your friends are in the room and adjusts accordingly. We can even tell when one person is holding more than one controller.


Some of the games announced for launch have been pretty revealing on what features they are using. Some people are still saying they haven’t seen any Kinect features in games. Well they’re right, the games are not out yet. But it's not a question of whether game devs will use the Kinect, it's how are they are using them.

Most of these are focusing on subtle controls in addition to using the controller.

Ryse: Son of Rome - Voice commands to control legions of soldiers.

Dead Rising 3 – There’s a lot of info on how DR3 is running with this. Zombies can hear you, wriggle away from zombies by shaking your controller, point at an area and use voice commands to control survivors.

Killer Instinct – You and your buddy sit in front of the Xbox, grab controllers, you are both automatically signed in. Your separate customizations and loadouts are ready and you go straight to fighting.

There was a demo shown at E3 called Reflex. This is an FPS game made in house to showcase how Kinect can be used.

  • You’re shooting targets as usual, suddenly you’re outnumbered and enemies are shooting at you from all over the place. Raise your controller to chest level and your shield pops up. They can't hurt you now and you own them.
  • Wait! Invisible enemies are shooting at you! Good thing your helmet has an XRAY vision module. You touch your right temple to activate it. Now you can see them and you waste them.
  • Giant obstacles are flying at you while you sprint across a stretch of land. Lean left or right with your body and you strafe/dodge/roll accordingly. You are too quick.
  • You’re shooting at flying enemies and these guys are tough. Your puny gun can’t penetrate their armor. Except you have rockets. Raise your finger and point at each of the targets to lock on and you say, “fire missiles.” Something like this happens.

So guys let us know in the comment section below, whether Xbox One with Kinect 2.0 for $499 is worth a buy?

Source: Reddit

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nosbigibby (not verified) posted on Thu, 2013-08-08 13:00
I personally don't understand where all the negative comments about the XBOX are coming from. For me, xbox is the obvious choice. Almost makes me believe Sony is telling their staff to post negative comments all over the internet about XBOX. The features of the Kinect spoken of in this article are straight up killer. Automatically recognizing you, loads you out with your configurations automatically, puts you on the correct side when split screen, raise your controller and shields pop up? what? awesome....touch your temple for xray vision???? seriously???? BOMB. Point at targets and speak "fire missles" and it does.......this is freaking.....awesome. I can't wait. I didn't even buy an xbox 360. I've only owned a Wii and a PS3. And I have a lot of games on PS3. But I tell you what, XBOX has won this battle. How many of you play games at night? Who wants a glowing light on the controller reflecting off of your TV? Not me. I've got the power of infrared on the night....killing zombies and using my body as a controller in complete darkness. While you PS4 fans are trying to find your zombies past your controller light reflection....I'll be strangling those zombies with my bare hands. Looks like Microsoft also just recently filed a patent for some VR glasses as well for a 2014 release date. Dude.....bring on the future of gaming.....bring on the XBOX ONE. I'm pre-ordered and ready to play.
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Solid Snake (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-07-27 05:11
Theres more cons then pros with xbo hardware 1.higher price tag 2.Weaker overall raw performance 3.5GB of 8GB free for games development 4.Overall complicated architectural Cheers!
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mike (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-07-28 15:44
Where the hell are you getting this info? Just about everything else online says that xb1 OS uses 3 GB leaving 5 a full 5 for devs to use for games. Get the facts straigh
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therealharmyb (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-07-27 09:51
Actually Microaoft has said that game developers are not restricted to 3GB of RAM for their games.
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Tony42069 (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-07-27 04:48
I'm pumped! This IS next gen stuff right here. I can't wait to see how Quantum Break uses it.
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Jay (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-07-27 04:03
Wow! It looks just as stupid and tacked on as I thought it would be! The Kinect 2.0 is a 150 dollar paperweight.
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Blaze Blue (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-07-26 20:16
Really interesting. Can't wait for day one to come !
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Dirk (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-07-26 19:49
If KINECT is part of every sale developers are more likely to include the features that support KINECT than if only a fraction of users have it. Long term this may result in richer game experience than on other consoles who shall remain nameless (just kidding PS4). :-)
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p (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-07-26 18:33
the new XBone can recognize when you bend over and then bills your live account randomly. When you say "XBone screw you" it doubles the charges... lol
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YEAH! (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-07-26 14:09
Sounds freaking awesome! Xbox One Day One!
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Mathew Chopey (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-07-26 08:25
i think the reflex example sounds pretty cool if it actually works thats way.

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