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Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison is underlining the company's support of the new Kinect with Xbox One. According to an interview with CVG, Harrison dashes the hopes of fans holding out for a cheaper, Kinect-free Xbox One bundle.
When asked if the Xbox One will always come with a Kinect, Harrison responds, "Correct. Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."
Check out the full interview on a variety of topics including Microsoft's reversal of several Xbox One policies, the possibility of a pack-in game in North America, and the lack of a firm Xbox One release date.
Our Take:This seems like a very definitive choice that Microsoft is making, especially since it's already confirmed that the Xbox One will work without a Kinect plugged in. Past console launches have taken advantage of separate SKUs at different price points with different features. Even though Microsoft seems to be firm on this, it has gone back on plenty of Xbox One policies already. I wouldn't give up hope on a Kinect-free bundle just yet. It may take a year or two, but I think there's a chance.
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Oooh finally some backbone... Good for you MS.
Now remove the kinect from the system!
Does microsoft not know that the vast majority of gamers hate kinect? I would probably get the Xbox One if it was the same price as the PS4. The decision is pretty close for me so that 100 bucks for something that I will never use tips the scales in favor of PS4
This is rough news to hear. I don't want to be forced to buy something for $100 that I don't want to buy. And don't anyone give me your bullcrap opinion about what I'm saying because you know damn well that Microsoft has abandoned their original gamers fan base that made them who they are. If your going to create something that is "everything your living room will need" freaking sell it somewhere else and DON'T put the name xbox on it. Because this is not an xbox anymore. It's something else that they are trying to force people to believe it is not.
So you still have to buy the stupid thing? I thought that because its not mandatory to run the xbox one they would release one without it. Guess I was wrong. And I guess I am still getting a PS4
I honestly feel it would be a bad move to backtrack on yet ANOTHER design choice. As much as I am against the Kinect and Microsoft, even I have to admit they would be foolish to change another aspect of the console. They are quite literally one backpedal away from being the Xbox 180. What they have now, is what they should sell, no more changes
I really hope they make kinect games as awesome as regular played games
Brian Vore said exactly what I was thinking. They will sell as many as they can with the kinnect. sooner or later it will be taken out. I'm glad for all the reversals, but I doubt they're resolve. Lol
That really sucks honestly. Sony is at least letting people buy the PS Eye if they want. If the Kinect isn't mandatory to play games, why keep it with the bundle? I'm guessing a big majority of Xbox One future owners want nothing to do with it. I feel that developers will ignore the fact that the Kinect is there.
I'm somewhat sceptical. They've hardly done a good job of sticking to their guns so far. It's one of a long list of things that they said they'd never change.
Good because it shows definite support for the device bad Because i dont like Change like 99% of the fourm people here!!:-(
I hope microsoft stops making statements.... they have a very good product, and with their statements and 180 I know a few people, and myself, are starting to wonder (and even believe) in everything they are saying right now.
They have a great product, they are just screwing it up everytime they make a radical statement, like the ones in E3 (which were all radical at that moment).
Ahh, and by the way, the xbox one works without kinect in case your kinects stops working/breaks... not because they intend to ship it without the kinect.d