The rumour-worm has turned full circle. The cycle is complete. Not to be left out of the fun, Microsoft is now ruminating on the make-up of Xbox 720, reportedly code-named Durango.
Gregory reckons form Microsoft says this:
There are a lot of capabilities in Kinect that people haven’t used yet” (the next twelve months will apparently be “really interesting”). Would it help if Microsoft built Kinect into the next Xbox? Surely developers would have more incentive to wrangle with the hardware then?
Yeah, I think so. There are a lot of 360 owners out there right now who don’t have a Kinect, but there are a lot that do have Kinect. We’d love to have everyone on 360 incorporating it, but we don’t know what they’re going to do with the next console.
I think it’s about making as much of the core technology available to everybody who’s engaging with the platform. A game like Mass Effect for example, if you knew that everyone who played that game has the same capabilities as Kinect owners then we’d see a lot more of the Kinect integration.
Gregory’s words echo those of Alan Willard, Epic’s senior technical artist and designer, who said last year:
That built-in Kinect would lead to more “intelligent” games. “Once we know that we can rely on it, we can integrate it into the game at a much deeper level.
Do we think it’s a good idea, of course, when will we see it, that still to be determined. Right know, all we know is that the Xbox 720, it’s just out of our finger tips…. Or Is It??