One of the more interesting things to come out of the E3 show in Los Angeles this week, was the addition of Cortana to the Xbox One. Microsoft is looking to expand Cortana into all of its products and the Xbox One is the latest. But, using it will require the Kinect sensor.
During their press conference and subsequent announcements, news about the Xbox One aqnd Cortana were flying across the tech show. But, exactly how Cortana would integrate with the Xbox One was still a question mark. Microsoft confirmed on Friday, that the Kinect was required.
Using Xbox One and Cortana
In its briefings with reporters after the show, Microsoft officials confirmed that the best way to enjoy Cortana on the Xbox One was with the Kinect. The Kinect allows for hands-free navigation, typing questions with the controller, and staying focused on the game in-hand.
This left a lot of questions for the trade show goers and analysts as to the requirement of the Kinect. On the new Xbox One dashboard, it now specifically states that the Kinect is required for Cortana speech recognition, and is available in select jurisdictions only, making it needed.
Microsoft Limits Cortana on Xbox One
All of the confusion angered Xbox One users, since connecting with the Cortana element of the Xbox One, seemed easy enough with the headset mic. Apparently, Microsoft is definitely limiting how and where you can connect and use Cortana. This could please some and anger more in the future.
But, it points to an interesting trend at Microsoft, as the company has recently gone away from offering the Kinect with the latest Xbox One bundles. Now, users will have to buy the Kinect on its own to use Cortana, or buy the bundle with it. Either way, Cortana is married to the Kinect on the Xbox One.
Xbox One and Cortana will be an interesting match. We will see how well it works later this year.