Microsoft won’t sell the Xbox One without Kinect

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With news that the full-body motion control peripheral Kinect won’t actually be necessary for the Xbox One’s intrinsic functions, many have wondered if the company might offer a version of the console sans the add-on. The answer to that is a firm “no.”

“We have no plans for that. We are 100 per cent all in on Kinect,” Xbox’s Major Nelson said on Reddit.

A Kinectless Xbox One would likely bring the price down (the last remaining snaggle after all of those wonderous 180’s), but it’s just not going to happen. And honestly, I’m kinda glad. I’d love to see the kinds of experiences developers could try fashion when they know that every single Xbox One has a Kinect unit – instead of throwing it all on as supplementary, shoehorned junk.

Microsoft hopes that’s what will happen too, with an MS spokesperson telling Kotaku that:

“By having it as a consistent part of every Xbox One, game and entertainment creators can build experiences that assume the availability of voice, gesture and natural sensing, leading to unrivaled ease of use, premium experiences and interactivity for consumers.”

So yes, you’ll still have to get a Kinect when you buy an Xbox One – but you can turn it off if you’re wearing a tinfoil hat, or like to game in the altogether.

Last Updated: August 15, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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