With the Xbox One set to be decoupled from the Kinect next month, Microsoft is working on changes to the console’s user interface in an effort to make controller-based navigation more viable, reports Engadget.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that, after the year of statements from the company about how “essential” the Kinect was to the console, it will be dropping the price of the Xbox One from £430 to £349 by offering a version of the console that does not include a Kinect in the box. The Kinect-less Xbox One will go on sale June 9 alongside the existing bundle; a standalone Xbox One Kinect will be released this Autumn.
However, Xbox One’s current user interface seems geared toward the use of voice control. A function that is more unlikely to be available to those planning to buy the kinect-less model. Meaning that there more then likely be plenty of Xbox One owners in the future, who have no choice but to navigate the system’s dashboard and apps using a controller alone. Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer for Xbox, told Engadget that Microsoft is working on interface changes for controller users.
“We do want to find ways to give you some of those shortcuts and make some of the things that we have with Kinect easier with the controller,” said Mehdi. “You can expect to see us do a bunch of things over the coming months to make the experience easier and easier, even if you don’t have a Kinect.” He added that Microsoft is working on those changes now, and they will likely arrive soon after E3 that begins June 10th to 12th, with Microsoft’s, EA, Ubisoft and Sony’s press conferences happening on June 9th.