Xbox One’s October Update Makes Kinect Less Essential Than Ever
As each month passes by, Microsoft seems to make the Xbox One a little bit better without Kinect.
Every update over the past six months seems to make Kinect less essential than ever, with the October system update making us seriously consider packing it back up in its box and condemning it to the cupboard for good.
The update is focused around the Snap experience, offering a Snap Centre to help the user switch between applications without screaming at the TV. A double tap of the Xbox button activates Snap Centre, which offers an enhanced UI to quickly get between apps such as Game DVR, Messages, Friends and Achievements.
The Friends and Messages apps are also being updated to work better in Snap view. Player’s rejoice – we can finally send and receive messages without leaving a game entirely. Basically, the Xbox One’s UI is starting to work a little bit more like the Xbox 360’s Guide, which isn’t a bad thing.
The best feature yet, however, is the ability to finally record gameplay without trudging through menus or shouting at Kinect to record clips. You can now double tap the Xbox button and then hit X to record the last 30 seconds of gameplay. It might not be as seamless as PS4’s Share Button, but it’s a start.
All Microsoft need to do now is give Xbox owners a way to quickly take screenshots and the ability to use a third-party camera device with Twitch. We’re already counting down the days until the November update.