Xbox One games you can't play without Kinect

Following the news of a Kinect-free option for Xbox One, we rounded up what you can't play without much-maligned accessory.

Microsoft announced a price drop for the Xbox One today, but that comes at the expense of the Kinect. Love it or hate it, there are some games and features you can only experience with the camera accessory.

Here are the games that are completely unplayable without Kinect:

Upcoming games that will likely be unplayable:

And here are some of the games that make use of Kinect, but you can still play with a standard controller:

For more on how the Xbox One price drop will effect the console war, check out our editorial feature.

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sambucca
sambucca

And someone once said this steaming pile of cack was the future of gaming. I unplugged mine about a month after purchase and chucked it in the cupboard. And, no, I don't give a flying shít about voice commands.

MkScorpion4400
MkScorpion4400

They should call this "Games not worth playing."  Microsoft dropping Kinnect is a reason why I'll probably buy an XBOX One eventually.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

Upcoming games like FRU and D4 are worth mentioning.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@A8ADD0N  How so?  Can these not be played with a controller?

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

The list of games unplayable without Kinect proves removing the device from Xbox One isn't a great loss.

deltron77
deltron77

how many times is this article going to be posted... very few people care about the kinect anyway, i mean look at the games that cant be played, they are crap.

naruto945
naruto945

My Kinect accidentally got pulled outta my X1 a week ago. Havent even cared to plug it back in. Titanfall is still fun though.

golemoy
golemoy

Wii U and Xbox One are exactly in the same boat:


step 1: bundle your new console with a overpriced gimmicky peripheral. [kinect/gamepad]

step 2: release no good games that make use of said device, making it look like a joke

step 3: watch abysmal sales of your console

step 4: get rid off the damn thing to reduce price and hope for more sales


Microsoft seems to be one step ahead of Nintendo though.


AK1015
AK1015

This should be titled, "Xbox One games most people don't care to play." I'm not slamming Xbox One. I'm slamming the silly Kinect.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

0:23-0:57 Looks somewhat like a fantasy game, which game is that?

lionheartssj1
lionheartssj1

So basically, you can't play Kinect games without a Kinect?  Where's the Xbox 360 version of this article?  I'm not sure which of my games require Kinect.

nothingformoney
nothingformoney

OH NOES I CAN'T PLAY FIGHTER WITHIN WITHOUT KINECT NOOOOO

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

Some of those games like zoo tycoon have features that you have to use the Kinect with ...so the game is indeed unplayable....jackasses.

snaketus
snaketus

Witcher 3, best played on PC.

jadaski1
jadaski1

@shinjuki @am_h8ter_ade@snaketus  It's about $300 for a simple, non-gaming PC.  The gaming components themselves would cost about $400 dollars extra.  In other words, the gaming aspect of a gaming PC is about as much as a console, and you get better components than a console.

A couple days ago, I watched twitch.tv while simultaneously playing SC2 and then Sword of the Stars: the Pit.  Also, I was able to quickly look up wiki info on the pit without leaving the game.  The current gen has only begun to dip into the multitasking options that have been PC standard for ages, and I'd like to see your console burn dvds, maintain spreadsheets, or hell, run anything that is not a game or a Netflix type app.

sidzero
sidzero

@am_h8ter_ade @shinjuki@snaketusI actually cannot name anything that a PC offers that warrants $300 or more in additional cost (and even more to keep the hardware up-to-date enough to play whatever the next new game is). The internet, maybe? Except consoles can do that too now (granted, not as well, but they can), as can your smartphone or tablet if you happen to have either of those (I don't). I suppose I could build my own games and mod, but I'm too lazy (read as: busy playing games) to do that even if I could. Same goes for making movies, producing music, or pretty much anything. Really, console gaming is just more practical. Instead of spending $700 and up on a gaming PC, spend your $400 on a console, and get a cheap computer for your non-gaming needs that'll cost you less than the difference.

sadface1234
sadface1234

... it is not he games I would be worried about but the voice recognition and hand control you lose if your xbox 1 does't have Kinect.


When I eventually bite the bullet and buy my next gen systems ill be getting an xbox 1 with kinect so I can utilize it to its full potential.  They need to release good games on both systems first though...

Talavaj
Talavaj

There are no Kinect games, just pathetic excuses for inclusion of an otherwise pointless peripheral.

naruto945
naruto945

@shinjuki @naruto945 @Talavaj  couldnt that be done without the connect just move th controller away from your body include a lil sensor bar like wii if its that serious but that doesnt make DR3 fun

lacee148
lacee148

Huhh... it was a long list... That's exactly why we don't need kinect. M$ pushed the technology with nooo games at all.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

After I read this article I stopped to think.. "What games have I purchased for my Kinect?"... The answer is zero... I've owned both Kinects from their launch and the only game I played on them were the ones that came with it... Dance Central is a good game... That I must admit.. But I can't see anything I would consider "Core Gaming" to be a catch.. That list of games that can use Kinect is the only way I see Kinect really going forward.. Things like Oculus Rift or AR technology may make it more purposeful 

wildamnesia
wildamnesia

I saw this move coming a mile away.  Should have done this at the beginning, they would've sold a hell of a lot more.

mattress805
mattress805

You and the rest of the worl......Don Mattrick had stuck the Kinect so far up his ass, he forgot it was even in there.

gplayer5
gplayer5

meh, all the games on the "Can't play without kinect" list aren't all that great anyways. I would say no loss there.

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

D4 will use Kinect too and is coming this year.

But Killer Instinct? What?

Bowser05
Bowser05

Rivals was decent. Can't speak for the rest of that list.

DoogyDonDoogy
DoogyDonDoogy

Wow guy, I tell ya what. Those are some mighty fine...lmfao wait, wait, I'm sorry I can't do this; flat out lie. No, no, no uhh some blockbuster titles on that list there eh?

rad8045
rad8045

I noticed all the worst games from xbox were on the cannot play without Kinect list lol.

zircon001
zircon001

Just Announced... The New Microsoft Nokia Kinectaphone Cell phone with Motion Sensing Gesture Texting...er um just kidding..... or am I??


zircon001
zircon001

Microsoft corporate meeting:--- "So People, just what are we going to do with all these Kinect 2.0's??" Just then a Timid hand begins to rise amongst the crowd.. "Yes, Poindexter  what is your proposal??",Say's the Chairman. Then a shakey voice squeeks out "How about "Microsoft Surface 3.0 now with Kinect"!! Needless to say he is met with Thunderous Applause!!




zircon001
zircon001

Curious how no one has mentioned Microsoft's blunder last year... "Sherman" Set the way back machine for last May when Microsoft in all of its greedy wisdom had a Locked up DRM System with the XB1 and Kinect Spyware like programing (linked to the NSA)..that was going to be live 24/7. Then after the Boo-ing at E3 back peddled and lied about how that was never their intention. OMG Microsoft seemed to have been drunk at the same party Nintendo attended. In fairness my Kinect 2.0 does do something very well ...."Xbox Turn off"!! 

deadpen
deadpen

DAMN IT...................I didn't need a kinect after all.

trfe
trfe

Kinect will always be improved and pushed. Even those who don't buy it initially will see the value and get it later.

trfe
trfe

Nope. This generation is roughly what? 8 years? I can't even imagine how good kinect is going to get in the next year or two let alone the next 3-5 years. Remember how much the 360 changed each year? I see about the same thing for kinect, new features, better recognition, and probably even a few great games.

Khasym
Khasym

@trfe TRFE, the Kinect is NOT a new device. Nintendo has been tinkering with motion control for well over 20 years. The sad thing is, no one, not Nintendo, not Sony, not Microsoft, will ever do motion controls properly. For one simple reason: all three want to base an entire console, and a library of games, AROUND motion control. They don't want all that money to go into something just to work alongside a controller. But, there will not be a more economic and ergonomic ability to play games on a TV set than a controller. Maybe if VR takes off, motion control could work better. But until then, the controller is where it's going to stay.

domisbatman
domisbatman

@trfe  all I remember about the 360 is it's form changing and yet both my slim and regular Xbox got Red rings

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

I bet that Microsoft will completely phase out kinect by next year.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@Simulator_Shock May as well. The only ones who will be making games for it are Rare and, they haven't put out too many AAA titles yet. The best devs won't bother now as, there will never be the user base needed to bother with. The only way they will include anything Kinect wise is if MS pays them to.

trfe
trfe

They will if they have a cool or unique idea to use kinect.

am_h8ter_ade
am_h8ter_ade

@trfe  No, they won't. Just like third parties won't bother with the wii u cause of its small user base, why would they bother with a peripheral that no one going forward will own. It will just increase production costs for something nobody will ever use.