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Microsoft Nukes Rumors of Kinect-Free Xbox One

By - Source: GameSpot | B 30 comments

Nope, you're getting a Kinect whether you want it or not.

Sigh. It didn't take long for Microsoft to reach out and nuke rumors that the company plans to ship a version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor. Given how Kinect 2.0 is integrated in Microsoft's new console, the rumor seemed a little silly – it's the eyes and ears of the next-generation system. To understand this, you have to actually see the duo in action when the Xbox One arrives this holiday season.

"We have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect. We believe in Kinect and the value it brings to both games and entertainment, and believe $499 is a great value for what consumers receive with their Xbox One," a Microsoft representative told Gamespot.

The rumor about a Kinect-free Xbox One came by way of supposed insiders who told Inside Gaming Daily that Microsoft intends to release a bundle without the Kinect in the summer of 2014. There's also supposedly a second bundle, according to the unnamed insider, that will offer a smaller hard drive. Both are supposedly Microsoft's response to the PlayStation 4's cheaper $399 USD price point.

The insider information regarding Kinect was seemingly backed up by a privacy statement issued by Microsoft. Xbox One owners are in control of when the Kinect sensor is on, off or paused. The device can be paused if the user doesn't want it when playing games, navigating or consuming other content. The Kinect also has the ability to listen for voice commands when the console is turned off – this "listening" feature can be disabled as well.

"Some apps and games may require Kinect functionality to operate, so you’ll need to turn it back on for these experiences," the company states.

Thus, even though Microsoft insists that the Xbox One can't function optimally without the Kinect sensor, it's possible that Microsoft could sell the console and Kinect separately just to offer a lower point-of-sale console-wise. Still, selling one without the other could be like buying a new car without tires, a scenario Microsoft likely wants to avoid.

Keep in mind that Sony's PlayStation 4 may sell for $399, but the updated PlayStation Eye – Sony's answer to Kinect – will cost $60. Sources claimed that Sony didn't introduce the PlayStation 4 and the Eye as a complete package at E3 2013 in June just to undercut Microsoft by $100. The whole DRM controversy was a big blow to Redmond as well.

If anything, the idea of Microsoft selling the Xbox One with Kinect and a smaller hard drive seems reasonable, a bundle that's marketed to a mainstream audience rather than hardcore gamers who likely already bought the gaming box within the first three months of availability. Parts should be cheaper by mid-2014 as well, bringing down prices just a notch.

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    DRosencraft , July 29, 2013 7:47 AM
    Yeah, anyone who saw the E3 presentation and read everything about the XBOne would have known this rumor was highly unlikely. Still, would think they'd let the rumor lag a little longer, if only to get a little more attention.
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    greghome , July 29, 2013 8:45 AM
    The Sony eye cost an extra 60USD?
    Then, just don't buy it........It's not like most games use it anyways.....
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    gallidorn , July 29, 2013 9:49 AM
    Microsoft should have offered the Xbox One without Kinnect. It would have had a more competitive price point, and if people wanted Kinnect, they could buy it as an accessory. Although Kinnect may be appealing to people who enjoyed the Nintendo Wii, most serious gamers find it annoying.
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    belardo , July 29, 2013 10:32 AM
    higher price, slower CPU, GPU, memory and made by Microsoft... whats there to hate?
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    belardo , July 29, 2013 10:32 AM
    higher price, slower CPU, GPU, memory and made by Microsoft... whats there to hate?
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    Sangeet Khatri , July 29, 2013 11:13 AM
    And because of this behavior and strategy by the Microsoft the Xbox one is certain to sink. I mean no one likes buying things that are not that much open (open as in freedom to customers). That is the reason why everyone loves Google for the cloud, AMD for chips, and Sony for the PS4
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    opmopadop , July 29, 2013 12:15 PM
    "who likely already bought the gaming box within the first three months of availability"

    who likely WILL BUY the gaming box within the first three months of availability?!
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    John Bauer , July 29, 2013 12:23 PM
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    Microsoft should have offered the Xbox One without Kinnect. It would have had a more competitive price point, and if people wanted Kinnect, they could buy it as an accessory. Although Kinnect may be appealing to people who enjoyed the Nintendo Wii, most serious gamers find it annoying.


    I don't know why you have negative votes, you hit the nail on the head. Microsoft NEEDS to drop the Kinect to be competitive with the PS4.
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    dextermat , July 29, 2013 12:43 PM
    Duke Nukem would sure say, your face, your a**, What's the difference on Kinect!
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    Achoo22 , July 29, 2013 12:43 PM
    This is stupid. Unless the device can be disabled with a hardware switch, I don't believe it can be disabled.
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    HyperionLight , July 29, 2013 12:53 PM
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    Microsoft should have offered the Xbox One without Kinnect. It would have had a more competitive price point, and if people wanted Kinnect, they could buy it as an accessory. Although Kinnect may be appealing to people who enjoyed the Nintendo Wii, most serious gamers find it annoying.


    The first kinect had a price point of $150 and is still selling at $100…so how much do you think a considerably upgraded version would cost?

    And that would have been one smart thing to do, like Sony is doing...you know the optional buy of the ps eye which 10% (or less) will buy so that the R&D resources for the ps eye/controller are really well spent...and lets sell the new ps eye at a loss while we’re at it….yep that's some smart thinking all right. /s

    And are you seriously comparing one generation of the kinect to another?!

    Then let’s compare the 360 to the x1 or the ps3 to the ps4…it’s all the same anyway!

    Most serious gamers? Yeah because the only market is the “serious gamer” one.
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    r3dl1n3 , July 29, 2013 12:55 PM
    Good for MS.. stick to your guns on this.. I personally like what the Kinect offers in the way of non gaming features and having every single box sold will allow developers to build a wider variety of software that utilizes Kinect.. If it was an optional thing developers wouldn't put as much effort into it because they target market is smaller. Hate on it all you like.. but even at 499 it's still a better deal than the PS4.. I'll still buy both.. but I can assure you I will not buy the PS4 camera's add-on.
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    HyperionLight , July 29, 2013 1:11 PM
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    And because of this behavior and strategy by the Microsoft the Xbox one is certain to sink. I mean no one likes buying things that are not that much open (open as in freedom to customers). That is the reason why everyone loves Google for the cloud, AMD for chips, and Sony for the PS4


    Lol what?

    And what strategy is that exactly?

    Do you mean the new indie polices…hmm, no it’s not that.

    Than how about the “unlimited” space you get with every x1? Nope not that either. Maybe... maybe the fact that this is not the kinect 1.0, but a greatly improved one that is included with every x1 which means you can build a kinect game and you know that it will sell to more people than if sold separately?

    Nah, I don’t think it’s this either!

    Oh I know it’s the games, right? Yeah you’ve got only what... 60 games? Good thing there aren’t any halo/gow/forza/dead rising etc. fans out there.

    Yep there’s no doubt about it the X1 is as good as dead. /s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJZDfwjY-uc
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    bobusboy , July 29, 2013 3:16 PM
    "Nope, you're getting a Kinect whether you want it or not."

    No I'm not. Either they will release a version with out it, or I'll wait for the cracker/hackers to find a way to alleviate us of Kinect.
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    mman74 , July 29, 2013 6:56 PM
    It seems their company policy is now to tell you what you think you want, refuse all legitimate requests otherwise, and only back down when it looks like their customers are going to desert them en masse. Example - see Xbox One DRM, Windows 8 start button. If you think the games you like to play don't require Kinect, if you think Kinect should be an add-on option rather than a must, then you should not buy Xbox One. Past history speaks for itself. Despite the tough talk, when enough people do what you do and vote with their feet, Microsoft always backs down in the end.
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    alextheblue , July 29, 2013 6:56 PM
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    The Sony eye cost an extra 60USD?
    Then, just don't buy it........It's not like most games use it anyways.....
    That's exactly why every Xbox One should have a Kinect. Then developers know it's a guaranteed feature, and are going to use it. Even if they just use it to add optional/supplementary voice commands to an otherwise controller-centric game interface, that's fine by me. Being able to issue a command to friendly AI by voice, without having to pull up a menu, for example.

    Plus if you really don't like it, you can disable it completely and only fire it up for games that rely on it. I don't know that I would myself, at least the voice part of it, since you could use it for TV/UI navigation too.
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    virtualban , July 30, 2013 12:06 AM
    @John Bauer

    To answer your question about the negative votes:
    Remember that article about Microsoft being caught with the hand in the cookie jar of paying for trolling comment sections and upvoting MS positive comments?
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    Poul Wrist , July 30, 2013 1:39 AM
    Selling it as part of the system allows developers to target development for it, specifically, instead of just having it as a maybe optional thing.
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    back_by_demand , July 30, 2013 3:22 AM
    Looks like the black arts are being deployed again, raise a rumour that they sell the Xbox without the Kinect (erroneously) wait for MS to deny it, then wait for rabid fanbois to bash them all over the forums.
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    back_by_demand , July 30, 2013 3:23 AM
    Looks like the black arts are being deployed again, raise a rumour that they sell the Xbox without the Kinect (erroneously) wait for MS to deny it, then wait for rabid fanbois to bash them all over the forums.
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