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RUMOUR: Microsoft To Release A Kinect-Less Xbox One In 2014 [UPDATE]

Matt Gardner
Kinect, Microsoft, Next-gen, Xbox One

RUMOUR: Microsoft To Release A Kinect-Less Xbox One In 2014 [UPDATE]

Well, it wouldn't surprise me.

A new report citing "an anonymous source familiar with the matter" suggests that, contrary to Microsoft's repeated statement that the Xbox One absolutely requires Kinect, the Redmond company will release a budget version of their next-gen console without the controversial camera.

UPDATE: Microsoft has categorically denied this rumour.

InsideGaming reports that the source revealed that there'll be "one 'normal' Kinect-less bundle and another 'budget' bundle with a smaller hard drive. The budget Xbox One will undercut the PlayStation 4′s price."

Given how heavily Microsoft have been pimping the Kinect functionality with regard to the Xbox One, though, if this rumour is true, it seems that the supposedly "mandatory" requirement might have merely been a ploy to usher in a wave of early adopters.

It wouldn't be terribly surprising given the rapturous applause Sony was met with after basically just reinforcing the status quo and undercutting the Xbox One, but do bear in mind that this is unofficial at the moment.

Would it sway you, though? A cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One?

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[email protected]  Jul. 24, 2013 at 17:59

But how am I supposed to change the channel on my TV?

Seriously can we believe this? It really does make a mockery of Microsoft's "vision".

I guess the removal of mandatory installations now makes a smaller HDD feasible, although now in the digital age the bigger the better, oh wait that is for PS+ :p

Late  Jul. 24, 2013 at 20:32

Seems unlikely, tbh. They've invested a lot on making this a complete package, and mandatory kinect means functionality for it is likely to be included in most games - meaning it might actually eventually become something useful.
Making it optional will mean much less support, and p1ss off all the early adopters.

Would definitely get the console into more homes though.

Tsung  Jul. 25, 2013 at 09:01

I see where this is going, reduces the price making it competitive with the PS4. Once people get it in their own home a lot of features will "require kinect". The Xbox one will keep reminding the customer.. Eventually they will buckle and buy the Kinect attachment. :)

davidpanik  Jul. 25, 2013 at 10:28

That's hilarious. Next they'll be dropping the Xbox One name.

JonLester  Jul. 25, 2013 at 11:44

UPDATE: Microsoft has categorically denied this out of hand.

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