Here’s Why My Xbox One Is Still DisKinected
As I unpacked the goodies found within the Xbox One‘s bright green box I took note of what I saw. The first layer of components included the enormous power brick, controller, HDMI cable, a couple of manuals, an advert compelling you to buy Xbox Live Gold, and the Kinect. I went through, carefully unpacking the many objects, but when the time came to remove Kinect from its resting place; I hesitated. I pondered what immediate use I had for the device. (For clarification sake, I have a smart tv, so most of the apps available on Xbox One are readily available on my TV set without having to turn on the console. As for my audio setup, it’s a soundbar, same brand as the tv, hooked in via HDMI)
Before completely passing the device up, I decided to explain the many features Kinect offered to my girlfriend (She’s a stay at home mom, and isn’t much of a gamer). I told her that Kinect can literally act as a TV tuner and offer a more robust programming guide, called the OneGuide. And that it has this awesome snap feature that allows you to do two things at once. I even clued her into the Skype app. Through it all she stared at me blankly. I explained all of these features, like an MS schill, until I was blue in the face.
After I finally shut up, this is what she said, “Why would I want to turn on the Xbox to watch TV?”. Where the hell was she during the focus group Xbox!? As a result the Kinect is still slumbering in its form-fitting sub shell inside the Xbox One retail container. What are the repercussions? So far I’ve noticed one inconvenience; the Xbox One constantly reminds me that Kinect isn’t plugged in with a blinking notification in the upper right hand of my dashboard. As I currently understand, the only way to get the passive badgering to cease it to plug-in the Kinect, so I guess I’ll have to suffer for a bit.
As it stands I have no real reason for unboxing my Kinect, but maybe I’ll have reason to in the future. Who knows, maybe it’ll materialize lunch for us at some point like in old sci-fi movies.
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