Rumour: Kinect-Free Xbox One Bundles to Launch In 2014
Posted by Ken Barnes
We're surprised the rumour took this long.
Machinima's Inside Gaming Daily is reporting a rumour that Microsoft are planning on launching a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle in the summer of 2014. They even go so far as to suggest that two different bundles will be on the cards. A "standard" bundle, and one that contains a smaller hard drive. The goal of the budget model would be to undercut the PS4's $400 price, retailing for $350 or $375.
There are a billion reasons why this is incredibly unlikely, the first being the requirement to install games on the Xbox One's HDD. Why throw in that requirement, and then lower HDD sizes? Also, where's the benefit of throwing Kinect into the box at launch, and then removing it later? That pretty much guarantees that if any Kinect-only titles suffer from low sales early on in the machine's life, the developer and publisher of such a title have nothing to persuade them down the line that things will be any different with a new game.
Still, Inside Gaming Daily's "anonymous source familiar with the matter" (read: "this could easily be made up out of thin air") seems to think that he or she is on to something, so what do you think? Would it make sense for Microsoft to put all its weight behind Kinect 2.0, only to effectively bail on it less than a year after launch?