Microsoft has "no plans" to release Xbox One without Kinect

In response to new report, Microsoft says "we believe in Kinect," adding $500 price point is a "great value."

Microsoft is not currently considering releasing an Xbox One without the Kinect, a representative for the company told GameSpot today.

"We have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect. We believe in Kinect and the value it brings to both games and entertainment, and believe $499 is a great value for what consumers receive with their Xbox One," the representative said.

The statement came in response to an Inside Gaming Daily report, which claimed, citing an anonymous source, that Microsoft would release a Kinect-free Xbox One in summer 2014.

Every Xbox One unit includes a Kinect, unlike the setup on the Xbox 360, where the motion-sensing camera is a peripheral. The new Kinect is reportedly 10 times more powerful than the prior model and capable of detecting facial structure, hair, skin color, body composition, and expression.

The Xbox One launches in November. Microsoft will reveal the exact launch date later this summer.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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LordClowny
LordClowny

I don't know why anyone is complaining about the price. I paid 400 and some change when 360 came out and that was without the Kinect. 500 for a new system and the Kinect sounds good to me. already purchased my day one along with 5 games

budadeath
budadeath

Thats why in this last 3 years 360 have a lot of games x kineckt and only 5 6 exclusives x the console, and PS3 have mostly the same number of games that kinect haves but, exclusives of PS3 like god  of war 3 etc and x Move only have some... ¿¿¿Anyone see that picture that resume what i wrote here????

greenshadow222
greenshadow222

I am beginning to see the real appeal of the PS4 . . . .

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

got my launch xbox one...counting down the days

starfish75
starfish75

Most games will have kinect or eye toy functionality. Packing kinect with every console garantee s every user is ready with kinect. In this area, well done for sticking to your guns microsoft

tim1935
tim1935

Ahhh, I got excited when I heard a few weeks ago there could be an Xbone without Kinect next year.  I have enjoyed having both consoles in the past, but now they are back off my wishlist again.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Bottomline: What Microsoft wants to believe in, doesn't mean others want to believe in your beliefs. Kinect clearly resembles a Add-on, looks like a add-on, behaves like an add-on. So in the end many are being forced to play make believe along with MS that spending a half a grand at the entry point is something that totally may not appeal to everyone opening their wallets. Today, Tomorrow or The Future.

BrYaNq93
BrYaNq93

My problem with this is the price... It could drop to around 400 bucks if the kinect wasnt included.  Anyone else with some other reason similar to this one "NO KINECT CUS MUH PRIVACY" Is retarded. Its as simple as disconnecting the thing when you turn off the xbox one.  or if youre to lazy DONT BUY ONE AT ALL.


but back to the point... yea dat price

WehrmachtBear
WehrmachtBear

I want a PS4 but with an Xbox One controller.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

so do they have any plans to release any actual games to go along with this "mandatory" device, then? At least the original Kinect came with the rather nicely put together Kinect Adventures! which I still bring out now and then, River Rush and the Reflex Ridge-segments is still good fun. Sadly, there was never really anything good released after that but still, it was something.

arkhamcity54
arkhamcity54

PS4 FTW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haze204
Haze204

And this is exactly why i do not trust Microsoft. 

I am 100% sure that they know that not everyone wants the kinect, and i am pretty sure the One can work without it. They even said that you can ''turn it off''. 

So why MUST it be included !?

Something is not right and no, I am not paranoid :P

tightwad34
tightwad34

Well, I have no plans to piss people off anytime soon. Know why? Because it sounds like a bad idea, Microsoft.

rkzhao
rkzhao

Ok Microsoft, I still have "no plans" to buy a XBone.

the13stuff
the13stuff

The thing is, no, it isn't a great value. There is virtually no reason that this should be priced higher than a current gen Xbox 360 with kinect bundle. The outcry for the system's policies alone, regardless of back peddling (funny thing about trust is that it doesn't come back easily) should show this. The TV function is not a selling point, even if you say it is. It isn't. The Kinect 2.0 is not what everyone is clamoring for, regardless of how much creepier and creepier it appears with each passing demonstration (counting heartbeats and sensing distress?).

Value isn't to be determined by the seller.

darkamor
darkamor

Microsoft is being a HUGE error in assuming enough Gamers want to use the Kinect! It would be in their best interest to halt all this pro kinect nonsense .... and release xBox One without it .... then slowly integrate it into the Game(s)

ken4062
ken4062

Well when they do its too late huh? Your just screwed arent you?

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

NSA has "no plans" to release Xbox One without Kinect


Headline fixed

hardcorecasualz
hardcorecasualz

I dont care about being rich and being able to get an xbone, but why pay more for a less powerful,  higher chance of rrod because microsoft cant make anything without it.

i dont trust M$ anymore because of the rrod. on top of that, microsoft just cant grasp the fact that the ps4 is a better deal, it is even semi backwards compatible!

the ps4 is not completely Backwards Compatible but gaikai will let u play gta 5 and other games watching a controlled video (which video games are but more responsive than onlive), on top of not having to worry about blockbuster going bankrupt and closing anymore. on top of not needing to rent games from gamefly to rent em, gaikai will be awesome, 30fps is no biggie because that will make it better (and more reliable) than what is already decent onlive.


RIP xbox. im not paying 500$ for this disaster when the ps4 is 360 centimeters to walk away to.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

well at least they are sticking to their guns with this one...i still think it sucks but ms really needs to stick to their guns

Solid_Max13
Solid_Max13

Useless M$ trying to make a buck off of everyone so they can compete with PS4 no one needs kinect useless flailing sh!t

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

it's all good...feel bad for the poor sony fanboys trolling this article...they have nothing better to do since their in-debt company has released no valuable information on the ps3.5.

got my launch edition xbox one preordered and I cannot wait to play online where the real fun is...not on some crappy poorstation network

tisuko
tisuko

Then I have still no plans of purchasing an Xbox 180

Karjah
Karjah

Yep good old MS.  Still clearly showing they don't give two shits about their customers. 

omar_q
omar_q

Haha, GS you already wrote this article weeks ago but I guess you have to shittalk X1 now that it's completely dominating PS4 since it's reversed a lot of their controversial policies. 

Jjinne
Jjinne

@starfish75 .....that hardly anyone will use, like now, and their Kinect sits on top of their tv, like mine, and collects dust......unused. 

Titanman2013
Titanman2013

@tim1935 Well that's good, stick to your causes.  The lack of interest on your part really affects no one but yourself... so what is the purpose of telling anyone

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@DARKSPACE yeah because $100 is a total wallet buster...like I said many times before if you can afford $400 for an entertainment device and can't save up or spend the extra $100 then you have more serious economic issues to deal with....

and as I said many times before...the Kinect will have a very, very ,very high chance of NOT being a gimmick because every xbox one owner will have one and give developers a huge incentive to utilize the Kinect...

people are complaining about Kinect before it's even out and even after solid demos with specs that prove it is multiple times better than the first version. 

and for even futher reassurance for all you people lacking critical thinking skills...Kinect is still an option and nobody is forcing you to use it. if you are worried about the nsa watching you then you really need to get over yourself because they have much more important matters to attend to than worry about some random gamer in random town

Haze204
Haze204

@MrDouglas 

I read somewhere that it will have Kinect sport rivals or something, but it will be released in early 2014 -_-

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@darkamor or they could be smart and make sure everyone has a Kinect with the option to use it...and thus give developers much more incentive to create games for it or games that utilize Kinect...such as voice commands in many upcoming games like dead rising 3...you can shout at zombies to draw them to you...etc.

but yeah sony doesn't care about anything but graphics so they will have a useless, gimmicky ps eye...the little touchpad is the only other thing they got

Titanman2013
Titanman2013

@hardcorecasualz Don't trust them because of rrod... why because you never got a return from it.  Your argument doesn't make sense, MS paid for that mistake you didn't.


The fact that you can't see past your 12 year old fanboy attitude is somewhat disturbing, not because of you but because this is the common theme with some of the PS4 commentators and some of the Xbox folks as well, but really your choice is your choice, it's the odd way that it is defended.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@hardcorecasualz yeah except the rrod was a problem 3 years ago...the xbox 360 slim has had no such issues...

have fun with your $400 graphics upgrade then...

Jjinne
Jjinne

@omar_q The company shows that it doesn't care about you by having those policies in the first place. When they saw that they were losing money hand over fist they reversed SOME of them, and now suddenly they are dominating? Laughable. 

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@omar_q bwahahahaha you are seriously retarded if you believe your own statement kid...

starfish75
starfish75

If it comes as standard with the system then more developers will utilise the kinect in their games. I've heard that in Rise, son of Rome, you can use arm gestures to command your armies. The games is not out yet but this sounds like a good use of Kinect.

ghost2046
ghost2046

@Titanman2013 @tim1935 theres a lot of people with no interest in xbox one because of Kinect... that affects Microsoft...that's the point of telling everyone

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

@deadly_yank33  You're missing the principle of my write up, It's a Voice, Vision & Motion Technology Add-On..  If it were to break for whatever reason, you will be forced to fix or purchase this stand alone add-on through MS. 

Also please refrain from adding $ talks and that boat load of babble you brought up as it clearly shows you're just reaching.  Kinect is not new, it's just been revised in hoping to take off.  Plus this Forced to buy, Kinect 2 Add-On look is not even eye appealing when compared to the original.

Titanman2013
Titanman2013

@Jjinne @omar_q No apparently those policies would have never affected you since you wouldn't have had one anyways. 

Jjinne
Jjinne

@Kristan1711 @starfish75 Agreed. I've tried to play games with Kinect. It's annoying and unreliable. Who wants to sit shouting commands and flailing their arms at their TV? It ruins the experience. It isn't fun. It isn't relaxing.It annoys the rest of the household. Also, it's not reliable.

Titanman2013
Titanman2013

@DARKSPACE However, your principles are kind of screwy as well.  Why spend any extra money on wireless controllers then, you can still use the controller with a wire, why spend extra money on a hard drive when everything can be loaded off of a cartridge or the disc.  If your controller broke you would have to buy new, if your tire blew on your car you would have to buy new.  

If your argument is that you do not want it then guess what, it is a overused excuse for not buying the X1 or an overused excuse for disdain, but lets get this straight, it is something that will not change.