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Kinect doesn't need new hardware for improved experiences, says Microsoft's Tsunoda

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Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda has said that he believes that Kinect will go down a similar path as the Xbox 360, where game developers create better experiences as they become more accustomed to the hardware.


As game consoles age, developers are able to squeeze increasingly impressive experiences out of the hardware as they learn how to utilize it better — just look at an early Xbox 360 game compared to an upcoming title like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. While speaking to VentureBeat, Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda explained that he believes that the trajectory of the Kinect motion control system will be similar. "People understand better how to develop on any kind of technology," he explained. "You're going to get better performance, better experiences, new inventions over time... It's because developers are able to do more with the technology as they've become more experienced in working with it."

Because of this, Tsunoda says that we won't be seeing a second iteration of the hardware anytime soon — so you probably shouldn't expect any Kinect 2 news to come out of E3 next month. "The next big thing isn't about waiting for the Kinect 2," he said. "It's more about all the great invention that can be done in software without having to go out and spend money on a new device." In the meantime, you'll just have to be content yelling at dragons in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.