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Microsoft has no plans to sell Xbox One and Kinect separately

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Xbox One, Kinect and Wireless Controller
Xbox One, Kinect and Wireless Controller

Microsoft has confirmed that it will not be selling an Xbox One without the Kinect, despite rumours that it would be doing so.

The latest rumour was that Microsoft would be selling a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle in November, for a reduced cost, according to sources supposedly “familiar with the matter”.

However, Microsoft has combated those claims, protecting the importance of its motion gaming peripheral for the Xbox One experience.

“We have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “We believe in Kinect and the value it brings to both games and entertainment, and believe $499 (£429 in the UK) is a great value for what consumers receive with their Xbox One.”

Microsoft has always maintained that the Kinect will always have to be plugged into the Xbox One for its next-generation console to function.

Of course, Microsoft has already performed a huge 180 turnaround on its Xbox One DRM and online check-in policies, but is holding firm on how essential Kinect is to Xbox One.

“Its unparalleled vision, motion and voice technology let you reach into games and entertainment like never before by dramatically expanding its field of view and fidelity,” said Microsoft of the Xbox One Kinect at E3. “It works in nearly any lighting condition, recognises precise motion control from a slight wrist rotation and distinguishes your voice even in a noisy room using advanced noise isolation.”

The Xbox One Kinect has a new active IR camera that enables it to see in the dark and is capable of automatically signing a user into the Xbox One whenever they enter the room.

Users can wake the Xbox One with a simple command, “Xbox On”, and it will turn on their TV as well.

Several developers have already said they will be integrating Xbox One Kinect commands into their games. Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts will both feature the functionality.

Next, have a gander at the best Xbox One games.

Via: rel="nofollow"Kotaku

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Matthew Bunton

July 25, 2013, 3:07 pm

I must admit a camera in my family home is not appealing and a little disconcerting. However the latest per-order sales seem to put both consoles on par so a lot of users aren't bothered by this.

I do think that they have missed an opportunity here though. Removing the Kinect would have enabled them to lower the price and be more competitive price wise with Sony. Besides a lot of the Kinect features that were showcased seemed far more relevant and geared towards the US market and its television/sports services.


July 25, 2013, 3:27 pm

Fair comment, but I have to disagree. To me Kinect (and peripherals like it) are all or nothing. If they made it optional, then developers would not bother investing time and money into supporting, as most users wouldn't have it. So, it would never be full exploited.

I am not saying I am fully convinced by Kinect either, but this way we will at least get to see if it really does have a purpose and they will be an incentive for developers to make use of it. Of course, you could argue that cross-platform games will reduce this affect and that's true. Time will tell.

Matthew Bunton

July 25, 2013, 3:36 pm

I see your point SEL but the trouble is with Kinect is its not convincing for gaming.

Look at RYSE it was supposed to be a Kinect only game and was to showcase what Kinect 2.0 could really do and suprise, suprise Kinect doesn't even feature in the game now.

My point is do we really need it and does it offer must have features I would say a resounding no.

T.J. Kenny

July 25, 2013, 7:22 pm

I want to know if the opposite is possible can I buy a new Kinect without a console and use with my PC like the first Kinect.


July 26, 2013, 7:51 am

I've always been a PC gamer vice consoles, though I am interested in the technology. I've followed the debate with interest, especially as DRM and privacy issues can and do affect all gamers, regardless of platform.

I will say, however, as long as there is a *requirement* for a camera/biometric sensor to always be connected, there is zero chance I will be giving it a try.


July 26, 2013, 1:42 pm

I agree that Kinect for the 360 didn't do much for gaming, the tech wasn't good enough and not enough take up. As I say, I am sitting on the fence at the moment with a "wait and see attitude".

Apart from looking pretty, RYSE didn't do much for me with or without Kinect! lol


July 26, 2013, 11:13 pm

Kinect 1 sold massively (26m units) That still didn't developers invest in it. Its a massive gamble by MS.
I feel they'll eventually have an kinectless xbox in 2014.

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