Microsoft confirmed today that the Xbox Series X console will not support existing Kinect accessories or Xbox One games made specifically for Kinect. In a blog post laying Microsoft’s commitment to the upcoming Xbox Series X console, Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed the Kinect game would not be supported.
“This is our intention for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console,” said Spencer. “And because of the unprecedented power of the Xbox Series X, most of your favorite games will load faster and look and perform better on the new console.”
Microsoft has previously been clear about supporting existing Xbox One games, including Xbox 360 compatible with back-back and original Xbox games on Xbox Series X. However, the lack of Kinect support is still new. “There is no way for Kinect to work,” Spencer stressed in an interview with Verge. The back of the Xbox Series X, the same as the Xbox One X, does not include a special Kinect port, and Microsoft will not support the USB Kinect Adapter. was stopped again in 2018 after kill Kinect in 2017.
While Spencer is not explicitly committed to every Xbox One game that works on Xbox Series X, it’s clear that the majority will, and the words “intention” exist in case there are rare exceptions. “Our backwards compatibility engineers have spent years designing innovative ways for the next generation of modern technology to make the game library that you build today better, without additional costs and without the work of developers,” said Spencer.
The rest of Spencer’s blog post really feels like Microsoft is highlighting its different approach to the next generation console, with some fine digging on competitors like Sony. “Xbox Elite controllers and Xbox Adaptive Controllers all work on Xbox Series X, so you don’t need to buy a new controller,” Spencer wrote in a blog post sent to press before the announcement. “Unlike others, we believe that your investment in playing games must move with you to the next generation.” After being published on the Microsoft site, “like no other” was removed from the post.
Spencer also said Microsoft would not “force” people to update the console Xbox exclusive game. “Our Xbox Game Studios titles will be released in the next few years – like Hello Infinite – will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One, “said Spencer. “We will not force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play Xbox exclusively.”
Microsoft now plans to hold Xbox game show on July 23. Next week’s event will be an exhibition for Hello Infinite Another gaming campaign that came to the Xbox Series X.
Update, July 16 11:00 ET: Pay attention to changes in Microsoft blog posts.
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