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Microsoft to help new Kinect-less Xbox One owners with a redesigned UI

Posted on May 14, 2014 AT 02:31am

Microsoft has deeply integrated its Kinect peripheral into the Xbox One’s user interface to make navigating it quicker and easier, but what does this mean for new adopters who opt for the recently announced Kinect-less Xbox One?

Chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi told Engadget that Microsoft intends to redesign the Xbox One UI following the release of the new Xbox One SKU to make it more controller friendly.

“We do want to find ways to give you some of those shortcuts and make some of the things that we have with Kinect easier with the controller,” he said. ”You can expect to see us do a bunch of things over the coming months to make the experience easier and easier, even if you don’t have a Kinect.”

Mehdi indicated that these changes wouldn’t be in place for the Kinect-less Xbox One’s release, and are likely to be implemented after E3, stating, ”We’re still kind of working through that.”

Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced an Xbox One bundle without the Kinect peripheral would be released on June 9 in all markets where the Xbox One is currently sold for $399.

Source: Engadget

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