The next generation of gaming is going to be absolutely fantastic. Not only do we have an amazing collection of games on screen, we’re now adding the ability to interact with games off screen using tablets and smartphones. Take Battlefield 4 for example; whilst one player is shooting shit up on the big screen a second player could be letting the first player know where the enemy is or whether flag ‘C’ is being captured.
Speaking with Xbox Wire, Battlefield executive producer Patrick Bach has revealed that they’re considering using the Kinect for finer controls such as “peeking and leaning” making the level of immersion much, much greater.
Bach spoke first about the use of Xbox Smartglass within Battlefield 4, “Through SmartGlass, Xbox players will be able to view the overhead map during multiplayer matches and take advantage of the second screen.” he then touched briefly on the use of the Xbox One’s more advanced Kinect hardware, “Also, with Kinect, we’re looking into features that enhance the controls including peeking and leaning and tracking head movement as well as incorporating voice commands.”
Though it’s quite foggy territory right now, in the future DICE could possibly incorporate those features into the game, whether they’d work, or just become an annoyance remains to be seen, though pessimistically I think the latter.
What are your thoughts on using the Kinect to control finer points? Leave a comment below! And while you’re at it, check out the Battlefield 4 Multiplayer trailer above!