The product needed a better, faster and more intuitive way to interact with the new Kinect technology to that of the previous 360 console. One of the signature gestures (as it was demonstrated on stage at the first release announcement) is coined "Go to Home". As the name implies, it's a premium gesture that takes the user back to their "Home" screen from anywhere in the Xbox One experience.
To perform the "Go to Home" gesture, with both hands apart at the edges of the screen, make fists with both hands. Move hands inward toward each other, and release signature gestures fists into open hands, as demonstrated in the video examples below.
Below you will find video examples of a toon shaded 3D man I animated, demonstrating the various gestures that can be performed though out the system. These animations are used in the "Gesture Tutorial", which is a selectable tile on Home.
Multiple visual investigations have been done to find the right balance between the old Xbox 360 cursor (cartoonish hand) and the Xbox One visual language (modern, minimal, and premium).
With a “hyper-real” hand, the user expected the icon to reflect the behavior of their hands (move fingers, rotate wrists), functions that are not available in the current generation sensors.
Having a more iconic representation solves the problem and better aligns to the current design language.