Microsoft may have just won the console war after announcing a game changing feature of the Xbox One: The ability to use up to 15 Kinects at once.Currently, the PlayStation 4 can only use one camera accessory at a time. Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison claims that this makes the Xbox One 15 times more powerful than the PlayStation 4. He went on to explain the history behind this revolutionary feature in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
“We were speaking with Rare on how we could improve the Kinect experience for the Kinect Sports games,” explained Harrison, “They told us that using one Kinect wasn’t enough to make legendary titles and that they could use two or even 15 Kinects to make their games that much better. After we implemented this idea, many Rare employees were shocked that we actually went through with their request.”
“Senior Rare employee Gregg Mayles even asked if they could make a non-Kinect game because of the pressure brought on from trying to use multiple Kinects,” continued Harrison, “Of course, when people think about Rare, they immediately think of the Kinect so we couldn’t let them off the hook that easily. We can’t wait to see what great game they come up with that uses 15 Kinects.”
Harrison also says that the ability to use 15 Kinects at once might be enough to make hardcore gamers realize what they’re missing out on.
“When we first came out with the Kinect, hardcore gamers hated it,” continued Harrison, “After some heavy thinking, we realized the problem was that one Kinect just wasn’t enough for them. They needed more cameras, more motion controls and that’s what we’re giving them with the Xbox One. True next-generation gaming is not going to be defined by better graphics or better gameplay, it will be defined by multiple Kinects.”
Some critics say that 15 Kinects might be too overwhelming for some gamers. Harrison shot back saying that if you can get used to one Kinect, you can get used to 15 of them.
“I don’t see why gamers would be uncomfortable with multiple Kinects watching them,” questioned Harrison, “Life will just be so much simpler with it. Walking into a room, you could make a quiet whisper and one of the 15 Kinects will pick up on that and start your Xbox One. You don’t even have to make a noise, one of the Kinects will know that you’re there. And who doesn’t want to have 15 different camera angles capturing every happy moment while you’re playing games online?”
Microsoft will be offering a new Xbox One bundle that comes with 15 Kinects for the low price of 1800 USD. Microsoft reportedly will also be releasing how-to guides on getting used to having 15 Kinects in a room at once.