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.
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?