Microsoft: "Xbox One is Kinect"

Corporate vice president Phil Harrison says Xbox One and Kinect are not separate systems, no plans to release console without the motion- and voice-control technology.

Microsoft has no plans to ever release an Xbox One without the Kinect, according to corporate vice president Phil Harrison. Speaking with CVG, Harrison said the next-generation platform has been designed from the ground up to include the Kinect as one of its main pillars.

"Xbox One is Kinect," Harrison said. "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."

Harrison said he has an Xbox One at home right now and explained that being able to say "Xbox on" and have the system boot up and load his profile is a "very magical experience." It's this kind of functionality, as well as the numerous games that leverage the technology, that Harrison said he envisions consumers gravitating towards.

"It makes you think about your relationship with technology in a slightly different way," Harrison said. "It's personal. It makes you think, 'I wish more devices would do this.'"

Microsoft confirmed this month that though every Xbox One system will come bundled with the Kinect, the system will function even if the motion- and voice-control technology is not plugged in.

The Xbox One launches in November for $500. Competitor Sony will debut the PlayStation 4 on November 15 for $400. Notably, the PS4 does not include a PlayStation Eye camera, which will be sold for $60 separately.

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Leeric420
Leeric420

Hhaha this article is now a classic

dreamcast900
dreamcast900

you need the kinect plug in all the time when you start the xbox one, i read it up in gameinformer #246

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

Bloody asshats aren't releasing Voice activation for Australia at launch.. yet The PS4 is.. I own a PC a 360 and a PS3.. I have both the PS4 and the Xbone on pre-order.. Im thinking very seriously of ending them both as Im not real happy with the crap about a $100 difference when the PS4 is $549 and the Xbone is $599 here in AU.. Im starting to think that life is way simpler and pretty decent with just Steam on my PC.. at least game prices vary according to quality in most cases..

osxgp
osxgp

The Kinect is an expensive paperweight that probably 80% of gamers don't want nor plan to get games that use it. To have it forced on me if I want a Xbone makes me want one even less. Microsoft should have told people they cant have it so they would want it.

theembalmer
theembalmer

thats great and all, but what if i get pissed off and throw my xbox one breaking it.  This means that even if i already have a kinect for the system. I'm stuck paying for another one

so_hai
so_hai

If they're synonymous as he believes, then why is there such as word as "Kinect".

sevencowsmoo
sevencowsmoo

I'm really excited for Kinect. It's bundled with every Xbox One, so every Xbox One game can take advantage of it. Even if it's just little extra things, it'll be awesome. I can't wait to see what ideas developers can come up with to utilize Kinect to add an additional layer to the gameplay.

northArrow
northArrow

@sevencowsmoo You've already seen what they're going to do with it. Kinect is available right now, don't think for a minute a better camera is going to change its functionality

sevencowsmoo
sevencowsmoo

@northArrow  The better camera won't be the main contributing factor, but its functionality will change. On 360 only a select group of people had/have and used/use Kinect. That's why the games are generally full Kinect or no Kinect. On the One, games that would traditionally be no Kinect can integrate some Kinect functionality to enhance gameplay, because everybody with a One has access to Kinect.

So you're right, I agree the better camera won't really impact the functionality. The fact that every Xbox One ships with one so every user has one however might be a significant contributing factor as to how developers create games based on the hardware that's available to users.

dexxor245
dexxor245

Ooo saying "Xbox on" is a very magical experience? I don't know what you're smoking, Phil, but you need to stop smoking that sh*t. Speech recognition isn't new. I can go get a speech recognition software like Dragon and install it on a pc. I'll bet it does the same speech recognition features as the Xboner does. :P

oskuuu
oskuuu

but i don't want kinect... and x1 is kinect, so i don't want it. thanks for making this easy for me m$ :D

dreamcast900
dreamcast900

you need the kinect without it you can't play your xbox one

Algearond
Algearond

Still going with X1, BUT if this asshat thinks I am not getting rid of that spying paperweight they are including he is on something magical all right, I am thinking mushrooms.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Phil, you think saying "Xbox On" is magical? Man, you have really fallen.

ZEALOTzeus
ZEALOTzeus

An important and overlooked fact is mandatory kinect creates a standard, base for all games to work on.  Game developers don't have to worry if their game will be limited to kinect owners, gamers don't have to decide if they can afford additional hardware for one game.  A major value of consoles is you don't have to read the back and see if you have the necessary hardware to run a game.  If It says Xbox One, it'll play.  the autism in these forums is astounding.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

They are really banking on that "people who enjoy talking to inanimate objects" market, aren't they? It's all too easy for me to imagine people like Phil Harrison just walking around their homes and yelling at all of their appliances and electronics like a deranged lunatic. 

"TOASTER! TOAST BAGEL!" 

"COFFEE MAKER! SLOWLY BREW COFFEE!"

"DAMMIT TOASTER! I MEANT ON THE BAGEL SETTING!"

"KITCHEN TRACK LIGHTING! CAST THUNDERBOLT ATTACK! KERRKRARKKEERSPOOOSH!" 

Remi2521
Remi2521

there are some dumb ass people on here. he said Kinect is part of the xbox one.   saying you want to play xbox one without it is like you want to learn algebra without variables. uh you cant they are all connected. trying to eliminate it will just leave you only understanding basic baby math.  addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, fractions too if its not to complicated for you.  

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I'm curious how the more expensive console will do against Sony. In the current console generation, there is no clear winner. Of course early on the Xbox was doing much better than the PS3, but in the long run it didn't matter. So how will the cheaper price point impact the next console war? Will Sony take the early lead like Microsoft did with the 360 launch? The main question I guess, is was the 360 so successful initially because it launched a year earlier, or because it was cheaper?

Algearond
Algearond

@jrabbit99 I don't think price will have anything to do with it, people will buy what they want, $100 won't stop them.