Microsoft has told Kotaku they “have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect,” adding that, “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.”
It looks like Microsoft’s next-generation platform, the Xbox One, may or may not feature a Kinect-less bundle that’s set to release in the future, according to a report that recently surfaced.
First spotted over at InsideGamingDaily, they go on to say that an anonymous source has revealed that Microsoft will be rolling out a few new bundles for the Xbox One, slated for a Summer 2014 release.
Allegedly, we can expect one of these new bundles, being billed as a ‘budget’ bundle, to feature a smaller HDD that will carry a lower price point then the PlayStation 4 and to retail at $400 USD when it releases this holiday season.
A bundle that does not contain the Kinect – which, according to Microsoft, is an integral part of the Xbox One and without it, won’t function – will also allegedly be made available, dubbed the ‘normal’ bundle.
This Kinect-less Xbox One bundle seems a little far-fetched, however, since an Xbox One requires a Kinect to operate and it is possible for Xbox One’s Kinect to be disabled at any given time, if the user wishes too, anyways.
Also, those thinking about purchasing a Kinect-less bundle for the Xbox One probably won’t be able to utilize the full functions of the console, such as being able to use the Skype video chat, nor the ability to use any of the Kinect features that developers may include in their titles.
What do you guys think? Would you purchase a Kinect-less Xbox One bundle if the reports prove true, or would you see it as a bad move on Microsoft’s part?
Xbox One will be released this November, carrying a hefty price tag of $500 USD.