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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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If the new kinect is so amazing and so important to the system where is all the gameplay footage? I'm sure there is some out there if you hunt for it but why isn't MS showing us how great it is instead of just telling us?
I don't want the damned kinect. Then again MS will change their mind next month saying thats not what they meant, and will have a kinect free package. I really don't want the kinect. Haven't cared for the first one, I don't understand why they keep bothering with this gimmick, same with sony's move. I wish they would put the money into development for something else.
Still not getting Xbox One, I do not trust Microsoft.
Welp! Guess I'll just have to hold out until they reverse this decision, too. Shouldn't take too long, they're on a roll...
I'm glad to see Microsoft sticking to their guns on this. I'm looking forward to seeing what developers can do with Kinect 2.0
Wow. Very nicely put but still sucks. I don't want to have to pay extra for something that I'm never going to use.