The New Xbox One Experience update, which will go live this Thursday, will remove the option to use Kinect-based gestures in the dashboard, a feature that allowed players to navigate through menus and select options by using their hands.
Director of Program Management for Xbox Mike Ybarra explained that only a small amount of people choose to use the Kinect-based gestures, which is why Microsoft decided to drop the feature in the next update.
"On gestures, when we looked at the New Xbox One Experience we wanted to prioritize features that customers were asking for, plus areas of improvement from the existing Xbox One UI. Then, we wanted to look at the use-case model of features that take a lot of investment and say, 'is it worth continuing to invest in that area?" Ybarra told Windows Central.
"With gestures, the reality was the usage was very, very low. So for now, we've cut that from the New Xbox One Experience. So when we launch on the 12th, they won't be in the product. We'll continue to monitor and listen to feedback to see if people want them in."
Despite this, Microsoft assures that users will still be able to use the Kinect-enabled games, Kinect voice features, biometric sing-in, and video calls with Skype for Xbox One.
The New Xbox One Experience updates goes live on the 12th of November, bringing with it a lot of new features, including backwards compatibility.