Shortly after the Xbox One release date we published an article looking at why there’s a need for Kinect 2.0 to have an optional extension cable, and that article received over 160 comments from gamers with some of them being in a similar position to us.
We have a cinema room used for reviewing games and all devices, including the console, are placed at the back of a large room requiring an Xbox One Kinect 2.0 extension cable that at the time of launch didn’t exist.
Now we’re 6 months on since launch you’d think the situation has changed, but after a quick look online we can see Microsoft hasn’t provided an official Xbox One Kinect extension cable and we didn’t notice any 3rd party cables either.
One Product Reviews reader had this to say as well, “I have a media room with everything at the back of this room and my new Kinect is sitting on top of the Xbox One, why? It is waiting for a longer cable, as you can imagine I’m pretty frustrated and this is made worse considering the original Kinect supported a USB extension cable”.
Xbox One with built-in Kinect – when we looked for an Xbox One Kinect extension cable this week another story jumped out at us, and this was an interview with an Xbox One hardware designer explaining how Microsoft did consider building the new Kinect 2.0 inside. As you can imagine, this would have been pointless to people with media rooms or even room setups requiring the console to be far away from the television.
You can read the interview with Carl Ledbetter on Develop that goes into detail about this idea being considered, and the fact that Ledbetter is happy to see Xbox One’s Kinect not built-in. If this idea did go ahead, then it wouldn’t have been as easy to release an Xbox One console without Kinect like Microsoft is planning right now.
It’s also interesting how close this idea was to becoming a reality, especially considering Ledbetter explained they even produced some Xbox One models with Kinect built-in.
During the interview we liked Ledbetter’s opinion on having “choice for the consumer” and bringing a new model without Kinect is a good move, but in our opinion choice also includes having the option of extending the distance from Kinect to the Xbox One, so Microsoft please release that extension cable already.