Posts Tagged ‘problem’

Kinect-less Xbox One–Issues, Issues, Issues

May 17, 2014


This week Microsoft announced they would be releasing a Kinect free Xbox One.  This has been met with great internet back lash.

This is showing yet again Microsoft are doing yet another u-turn on an executive decision.  My problem with this decision however is just how much of a U-turn this is.

Back last year when the Xbox One was near release, Microsoft were going on and on about how this is the future of gaming, how that by supplying every Xbox One owner with a Kinect sensor that developers will be utilising this amazing piece of tech.

6 months on and we have just a handful of games utilising the tech and most of these aren’t great.  Kinect sports is ok and a vast improvement on the previous Kinect Sports games but there were still things lacking, that I believe with time and research could be improved.


However now that gamers will be able to buy the Xbox One without the Kinect the incentive for developers to utilise this has been removed.  I feel this was one of the main reasons the Kinect v1 wasn’t very successful or improved over it’s short life span.

Whilst I am not a massive fan of the Kinect games, it did offer some nice features to games, for instance in Battlefield 4, the leaning function felt very intuitive (you leaned on you chair, the first person view leaned).  The voice commands were also very good, although this was not so much of a draw for me as I play in the same room as my wife watching TV so I don’t really get to utilise this feature often.

phil sPhil Spencer is still saying that developers will utilise the tech but really it just means that any developer wanting to use the tech will also have to come up with a non Kinect alternative for the new owners.

I do understand why they have done it as they are falling way behind the PS4 sales, however by removing the Kinect I feel that they are not offering anything different to the PS4, other than a same priced, less powerful machine, so i don’t understand how that will draw people in.

Whilst it is refreshing to see a company listen to feedback and make major changes, it does also put the company in a bad light and make it hard to trust anything they say.  When the console was launched last year they said the Kinect was an integral piece of equipment and it was essential to the consoles success.  6 months later and apparently it is not essential and you don’t really need it.

So whilst they cannot please everyone, they should at least stop the rubbish they are coming out with regarding developers still wanting to use the Kinect when there has been little evidence of this before it was no longer a requirement for the console.

What will happen, who knows, if it does draw new crowds in then great, I am an Xbox gamer through and through and anything that prolongs the console’s life is fine by me, but please just stop the bs declarations Microsoft!


The Problems At West Ham Utd.

March 13, 2008



West Ham Logo

As a West Ham fan since I can remember it has never been a smooth ride. In recent times we had much expectation with the new money coming into the club but this does not seem to be coming to fruition. It does annoy me though that yes we have had three straight 4v0 defeats on the trot but already the newspapers are prospecting the sacking of Alan Curbishley! 

Whilst I admit I wasn’t overwhelmed with the appointment of Curbishley, he has not done a bad job at the club, we are in the top half of the table. He made some unusual purchases but many of these have proven to be good. He has however had to cope with most of these new signings being resigned to the injury table which was his first issue.

His second issue as noted by former West Ham star Julian Dicks is that the players are the ones who should shoulder the blame for recent performances. Bar the exception of maybe Noble, Green and maybe even Cole the team seem to have lost the West Ham pride and fight that used to get us through, despite never having much cash flow. The club seems to have lost the player pride to play for the club with only Mark Noble being an obvious player who is proud to step on to the picture in the club’s claret and blue. Also Carlton Cole, a player none of us would have rated at the beginning of the season, has through other’s injuries, had the chance to prove himself and that is exactly what he has done, he has put the work in and shown what he can do. 

Most notably it seems the problem lies with players like Ljungberg who do not really care whether we win or lose and just seem to be going through the motions each week. Also Ashton, despite the clubs loyalty and getting him through his recent injuries, I feel that each week he is looking for his next club and does not want to stay at Upton Park. Until you move to your next club you should fight like it’s your last in every game. 

So yes some blame can lie at Curbishley’s door but the main blame is with the players who are on the pitch each week and just not performing, don’t call for the manager’s head call for some of the players to get off their backsides and earn their wages!