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Xbox One Coming in White; Could Shed Blu-ray to Lower Price

By - Source: via The Verge | B 29 comments

The rumor mill is churning out Xbox One chatter like there's no tomorrow. From the console's appearance to its innards, this could be a very interesting year for the Xbox One.

First up is talk of aesthetic changes. Larry Hryb said last year that there may be a white Xbox One far into the future, but recent rumors say we'll see it later this year. The Verge cites one NeoGAF poster as saying it will come in October with Sunset Overdrive. The Verge says it has independently verified that yes, a white Xbox is coming later this year, but there's been no official word from Microsoft just yet.

Aesthetic design is important, but apparently the color is not the only thing Microsoft is looking to tweak. Word has it that the company is also going to release a 1 TB version of the Xbox One in November. The current model has 500 GB of storage via an internal drive, so Microsoft would be doubling the onboard space. No doubt that's going to have an affect on price, something Microsoft's already faced criticism over compared to the PS4. 

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Perhaps most interesting is talk that Microsoft might release a version of the console without a Blu-ray Drive. Now that's intriguing. Microsoft has responded negatively to rumors that it might eventually sell the Xbox One without Kinect. The company believes Kinect is an essential part of the Xbox One experience, and it doesn't plan to sell the Xbox One without it. But is the Blu-ray drive as critical? Though consumers might not like having to get their games exclusively via digital distribution, we could easily see Microsoft dropping the disc drive and selling the console for less. Perhaps that could tie in with an option for more storage, too?

When contacted for comment about any the above, a Microsoft spokesperson gave us the usual, "Microsoft does not comment on speculation or rumors." Still, the company has made a lot of changes to the Xbox One since it was first announced last spring (enough for it to earn the nickname 'Xbox 180'). This could be a way for Microsoft to help gamers out a bit on the price.

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    hakesterman , January 30, 2014 2:32 PM
    They should Shed Kinect off it as Well, many buyers would go Konkers over it.
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    chuckydb , January 30, 2014 2:36 PM
    They should get rid of Kinect too. THAT will lower the price!
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    deftonian , January 30, 2014 2:39 PM
    They SHOULD make a white version.... it's racist that they don't!/sarcasm
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    rwpritchett , January 30, 2014 2:46 PM
    Hey Microsoft, how about fixing the audio sync issues when using 24p first?
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    capt_taco , January 30, 2014 2:47 PM
    Shed the Blu-Ray? How about shed the Kinect! Nobody wants that piece of poo.
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    hotroderx , January 30, 2014 2:48 PM
    I wouldn't buy a XBOX One just because of Kinects. The thought of the system being in standby and the camera being there creeps me out. I dont like the idea that someone could be watching even if the chance is so remote that its almost nonexistent chance.
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    Wizard999 , January 30, 2014 2:57 PM
    I think what we will see come November is the current Xbox one at $450. A 1TB version at $500. And a non-bluray drive version at $400.The $400 unit would be for the casual gamer /sports/fitness crowd.The $400 version won't be for gamers. It will be for the casual crowd. At that point the number of applications and casual/Kinect games should have enough critical mass to attract the casual gamer or sports fan to the Xbox platform.
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    NightLight , January 30, 2014 3:00 PM
    i think a lot of people will hit their bandwith caps in the foreseeable future, with sony and xbox's game streaming...
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    garikfox , January 30, 2014 3:28 PM
    There already is a white version in existence, goto the below page and scroll about half way down.http://www.overclock.net/t/1445024/xbox-one-owners-club/110
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    stevencfitness , January 30, 2014 3:35 PM
    Forget shedding garbage from kinect. Give me a WiiU without the silly gamepad for $100 less and we have an immediate deal in my book.
    I can always use a pc for anything else.
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    DRosencraft , January 30, 2014 3:42 PM
    Is this the "continual improvement cycle" people were hoping for? Stripping out parts before the system even reaches a full year old? I'll restate my position - PC and console gaming are different, and there should be respect for those differences, including that consoles are meant to be relatively stable for multiple years. Don't like that, fine. That's what PC's are for. I think Xbox is shooting itself in the foot here.
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    stevencfitness , January 30, 2014 3:54 PM
    Quote:
    Is this the "continual improvement cycle" people were hoping for? Stripping out parts before the system even reaches a full year old? I'll restate my position - PC and console gaming are different, and there should be respect for those differences, including that consoles are meant to be relatively stable for multiple years. Don't like that, fine. That's what PC's are for. I think Xbox is shooting itself in the foot here.



    The problem, as I see it:

    Microsoft considers the value proposition differently than the consumer does. They would rather sacrifice the blu ray drive vs kinect and therefore kinect is a plan that goes deeper than the xbox.

    Can we see mobile phones with a miniature kinect sensor on the front some day that tracks eyes or other craziness?
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    goodguy713 , January 30, 2014 3:55 PM
    I have no interest in the xbox one i have a ps4 i mean even for the sake of just having an xbox one i wouldnt want it in my house because of kinect. Its just a privacy thing with me if they were to drop it maybe i would consider it but honestly i think for that price they may get a lot of competition from steam boxes..
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    Monochrome_Night , January 30, 2014 4:24 PM
    Okay Microsoft, don't go with the ONE option that makes sense and a lot of people want, you morons. Fu%^ Kinect.
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    thefiend1 , January 30, 2014 4:40 PM
    I doubt that they would shed the bluray drive. Arent the developers putting games on bluray discs?
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    badaxe2 , January 30, 2014 4:50 PM
    Funny that they'll get rid of the Blu-ray drive before Kinect. Will it also come wrapped in red ta...er, a red bow?
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    matthelm , January 30, 2014 5:00 PM
    I know a LOT of people that bought PS3 for the Blu-ray, so they lost a LOT of sales because they didn't have one, and now you are saying to remove that item? Also, that shouldn't be more than a $20 adder at the OEM level, as internal Blu-rays are about $40-50 on the street. Yes, they could have saved a ton of engineering cost before they added it, but now that it is added, it's only a few dollars. Digital content = Low bit rate 1080p data. :p 
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    sirskeetsalot2013 , January 30, 2014 5:37 PM
    Meh, If you're so worried about your privacy just buy the EnlargePDP - Kinect Sensor Kit for Xbox One for a measily $20 it has a rubber cover that goes over the camera.Me and my girl bang in the same room we have a Kinect in when it's on standby with no cover, Believe it or not, Only way it could get hacked is the day they release 3rd party APPS, and i'm sure they wont. Get over yourselves.
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    Antimatter79 , January 30, 2014 5:48 PM
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    i think a lot of people will hit their bandwith caps in the foreseeable future, with sony and xbox's game streaming...
    We exceed ours every month b/c of Netflix and Steam, waiting for more available games to get the new consoles. It would be nice if I could purchase a key online and then go pick up a physical disc from a kiosk, similar to a Redbox, since retailers aren't carrying many boxed PC games anymore. Strange that consoles have been able to hold out with physical copies for so long. <jealous>
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    alextheblue , January 30, 2014 6:26 PM
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    Can we see mobile phones with a miniature kinect sensor on the front some day that tracks eyes or other craziness?
    You're being a bit silly. Mobile phones already have all sorts of sensors, including cameras and mics. They already have a lot of that "craziness" going on already.

    Of course what's really funny is watching all these people going after Kinect for "privacy" concerns. Meanwhile they use their more-vulnerable phones to take pictures and video. You're much more likely to be spied on (whether by NSA or hackers) on a PC/laptop or mainstream smartphone/tablet. Heck, with a smartphone you've even got GPS. Half of these guys are just Sony fanboys using it as an excuse - take away Kinect and they'd still never put one on a shelf next to their precious.

    Now, if you're the type that puts black tape over all their cameras, wires in a toggle switch for the microphone built into their devices, and never uses a USB cable they haven't personally checked for rogue components, etc, then you get a pass.
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