In just one week, Microsoft’s xBox one will have been available to consumers for six months. This week they announced that they will now be offering an xBox One without the Kinect which allows consumers to save $100 on the purchase. This leaves little hope for us users who have been waiting for an extension cable to properly finish setting up their system.
To see the demand, all you have to do is go to Google and type in “xBox One Kinect” and you will see that “xBox One Kinect Extension Cable” is at the very top of the list of most popular searches. Yet to this day, there is no word from Microsoft or any third party company that a release is imminent.
The Kinect was a central part of the xBox One release. It was supposed to help make it the next big thing in media centers. Instead, users all are unable to even use it because the included cable is just under 10 feet! Unfortunately, that cable is not sufficient enough for most peoples’ setup, including my own.
My TV is hung on the wall above my fireplace. I have a media closet where I could store all my devices so they aren’t out in public. That would leave my living room looking much neater. But unfortunately, thanks to Microsoft I am unable to use it and instead have wires hanging in front of the mantle on my fireplace, leaving it to look rather sloppy.
I’ve seen people complaining in message board threads, on twitter and all over the internet. These folks have home theaters and entertainment centers but they are unable to even use their Kinect because the short cable does not allow them to have it hooked up. How is a device, a critical part of the future of both gaming and media centers, supposed to take off when users are forced to not use it? And instead of trying to help fix this issue to help the future of the device, Microsoft decides to now offer a bundle that doesn’t include the device so that people can save money. If they were truly interested in the future of the device and making it more wide spread, it would have made more sense for the company to eat the $100 and lower the price and include the Kinect with a longer cable.
Microsoft knows about the problem. They even have a page on their site addressing their issue and offer a rather simple solution: “If the 9-foot cable that came with your sensor is not long enough, we recommend that you reconfigure your play space by moving the sensor and console closer together.” What a load of BS, if you ask me. Come on Microsoft, let’s get with it. Give the users what they want and maybe everyone will be able to take full advantage of what the Kinect has to offer.