After Microsoft announced that the Kinect would no longer be needed to use the Xbox One, a debate sparked on whether or not the company would release a cheaper bundle that would not include the motion sensor.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case.
CVG asked Xbox executive Phil Harrison to comment on the assumption that there will never be an Xbox One sold without the Kinect. Harrison had this to say:
Correct. 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. What we have shown really well at Gamescom is the magic of games that use Kinect. We have shown the power of voice control. I’m probably going to piss off your readers unintentionally when I say this; I have an Xbox One at home, and being able to walk in and say “Xbox on”, and for the system to recognize me, launch and load my profile, and put my choices of content on the font page is a very magical experience.
Though Microsoft has retracted on a lot of their initial statements regarding their next-gen console, it’s unlikely that a 180 occurs here until Christmas at the earliest.
The Xbox One is expected to release sometime in November this year at a price of $500 USD.