Ah yes, the peripheral that just won’t die.
Did you think that we’d seen the last of Microsoft’s Kinect after Phil Spencer and the Xbox team decided to sell a $399 SKU that doesn’t include the controversial camera/microphone combination? Think again, because according to a Microsoft job posting, a new team has formed to push the Kinect to its limits. All sarcastic joking about how the Kinect requires nineteen attempts before turning on one’s Xbox (unless of course, someone within a 4 mile radius whispers the word “Xbox”), this has the potential to be exciting news. Here are a couple of excerpts from the job posting that show that Microsoft is committed, allegedly, to pushing the Kinect into unforeseen territory (like the “This is a thing I actually want” territory):
“A new team has formed in Microsoft’s Xbox division with a specific purpose: to push the envelope of today’s and tomorrow’s technology as we explore new ideas from the ground floor. It begins with veterans from Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Kinect. But we’re growing as quickly as our imaginations can be translated into code.”
“If you want a comfortable, standard-role job at Microsoft with no ambiguity or risk, please don’t apply. But if you’re passionate about the potential for Kinect to continue to revolutionize entertainment and are a seasoned software engineer with the skills to prototype and build the future of premium Kinect-powered experiences, we have a growing team of talented people who want to take entertainment into the future.”
You hear that, folks? Entertainment is going to be pushed into the future.