Gamescom 2013: You Won't Be Buying An Xbox One Without a Kinect
Posted by Dave Letcavage
At E3, Microsoft was very adamant that the Xbox One wouldn't be able to function without Kinect; though recently, after listening to what the fans were asking for, they changed their stance, and now owners will not need to have the Kinect plugged in for the console to function. With that announcement, many were wondering if the possibility of a lower-cost, Kinect-less Xbox One would also be made available at launch...well, it seems that question has now been answered.
In a recent interview with CVG, Phill Harrison - Corporate VP of Microsoft - very assuredly stated that the Xbox One wouldn't be sold without a Kinect unit. Here's what he had to say:
Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem.
We think this is fantastic news. If every single Xbox One unit comes with a Kinect, it will allow developers to create more substantial experiences knowing that every owner has the option to indulge in their full catalog of offerings at any time. This should also lead to an evolution of the way motion and voice controls are integrated into "core" gaming experiences. Love or hate Kinect, you aren't yet being forced to use it; but it's there if you'd like to. And we don't think that's a bad thing, at all.
What do you think? Are you excited for the full potential of Kinect to be realized, or would you rather have a lower-priced Xbox One at launch? Leave your thoughts in the comments.