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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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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  • Godmars

    Could have been worse: the console wouldn’t even work without Kinect if MS had their way.

  • Anon

    Could have been worse: you bought a Microsoft hardware product. Oh, wait. I mean, you could have bought an NSA box. Oh, wait. I mean, you could have spent $100 more for something you don’t use. Oh, wait. I guess what I mean is that, you’re dumb because you bought an Xbox One and think it’s worth it to support a P.O.S. corporate conglomerate hell bent on control and profits like Microsoft.

  • Damian Wayne

    If you have no interest in the Kinect, why the hell did you buy an XBone? just because your american and you feel like being part of a stereotype?? $100, more expensive, less power, extremely uncomfortable bumpers headlining a less innovative controller, no instant game collection, no free to play titles, etc, etc.

    • I have both. Simma down nah!

  • DNA

    Ahh c’mon…. I’m an all-out Sony fanboy because I’m clever and know to choose the best but even I can agree that once the Kinect is underneath the TV, regardless if people know how to use it, its only a matter of time before it becomes the norm. And at that point it won’t be just an awesome xbox component helping raise sales, rather just a way to interact with most of your entertainment.

    Kudos to Microsoft if they can work out the lag, kinks and issues of controlling your living room entertainment through the Kinect but stop, for fuck’s sake, claiming it’s a more powerful gaming console! it’s not, and never will be.