"We Believe In Kinect"
Microsoft has categorically denied that they plan to release a cheaper Kinect-free Xbox One bundle next year, following an inflammatory rumour yesterday.
InsideGamingDaily's anonymous source claimed that Microsoft were aiming to undercut the PS4 with a lightweight SKU next year, which is pure fallacy according to the console manufacturer.
"We have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect," reads a statement issued to Kotaku. "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."
So there, at least, for now. Though some gamers may be disappointed at the lack of a cheaper option, keeping Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One ecosystem is the only way that the sensor can thrive throughout the next generation, and studios can develop around it without worrying about a fractured install base.
Naturally we'll keep you posted if we hear anything to the contrary.