Former Microsoft employee and recognized game designer Peter Molyneux isn’t all that impressed with Xbox One’s Kinect and he isn’t hiding his feelings about it. In a report by Edge, Molyneux expressed his disappointment with the camera and, like most people, he wishes Microsoft would release a cheaper model without the required peripheral.

“I actually wish Kinect wasn’t a requirement. It feels like an unnecessary add-on to me. Maybe it’s because we’re in England, and it doesn’t really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke,”said Molyneux. “My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn’t work. They could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect]. I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.”

While some consumers are rallying for a Kinect-less Xbox One, Microsoft remains adamant that it has no immediate plans to release the console without one. In the same piece by Edge, Xbox head Phil Spencer claimed that a camera free console just wasn’t high on the company’s list of priorities but didn’t rule out the idea completely.

“We’re always trying to match what consumers are asking for,” said Spencer. “I always want to make sure that we’re in tune with what current or potential customers are asking for from us. Right now, [dropping Kinect is] not the number one request from people.”

Molyneux left his position as Microsoft’s creative director in favor of a new independent studio 22Cans, where he had been working on his own Kinect title Milo and KateThe project has since been cancelled. According to Molyneux the title wasn’t cancelled due to technical limitations but because the industry wasn’t ready for such an emotionally driven experience.

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  • Mark Krijgsman

    SOOOO funny to see molneux is still somewhat angry that his kinect game fable the journey bombed.

    According to Molyneux the title wasn’t cancelled due to technical limitations but because the industry wasn’t ready for such an emotionally driven experience.

    or he finaly realised it would not live up to the hype he created around it.