Microsoft Has “No Plans” To Release A Kinect-Less Xbox One
Yesterday we reported on a rumour that Microsoft is planning to release an Xbox One without Kinect 2.0 sometime next year, which came as a bit of a confusing surprise.
However, Microsoft has since come out to shoot that rumour down, denying its truth.
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The rumour came from an anonymous source close to Inside Gaming Daily, which claimed that Microsoft would be releasing a console without Kinect attached, and the website went on to reference this source, saying:
“This contradicts Microsoft’s repeated implication that the Xbox One won’t function without a Kinect attached, but it’s sounding more and more like that’s a bit of PR smoke just to get the Kinect in people’s homes.”
But in a statement recently made to Kotaku, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “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.”
Personally, even though Microsoft has said that it has no plans for it, I’m not sure I would be surprised now if they do end up making this announcement, especially if it would help the console compete price-wise with the PlayStation 4. Then again, it will only make Microsoft look a bit silly if their console, which supposedly can’t function without Kinect, ends up functioning without Kinect.