Following a Kinect-heavy E3 showing
from Microsoft, the company has now said that it's likely all future first-party Xbox 360 games will utilize the motion-sensor in some way.
Talking to news site GameSpot, Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer noted that
, although it has not been made mandatory for first-party titles to use Kinect functionality, he believes that soon we will see every single one using Kinect in some form.
"It's not a mandate that everything we do in first-party has to support Kinect right now," he explained. "But I will say, specifically with voice, that there are some things that just seem to make navigating and playing games so much easier, that I would guess the answer will be yes in the end, that you'll see all first-party games using some form of Kinect functionality."
He explained further, "Whether it's voice in Forza
or head-tracking in Forza
, which you wouldn't say is somehow turning the Forza
gameplay experience on it's head... Rather, it's just using the advantages of what Kinect brings to make the experience better. So I think there's some specific examples where Kinect makes everything better."
Microsoft also launched
a series of Kinect-enabled entertainment applications called Kinect Fun Labs
over its Xbox Live service earlier this week, including a photo recognition Avatar maker, an object scanner, and an art app.