Mark Whitten via Joystiq: (Xbox Chief Product Officer)
We still absolutely believe in Kinect. It's a core part of the architecture. Frankly, it's really critical that you build it as something that's always there, always part of the platform. So that game creators, experience creators can know they can rely on it. And you, the user, that there's always a consistent experience. That it's not just an accessory.
For those hoping that the Xbox One was going to get a price drop before release I have some bad news.. Mark Whitten has confirmed that the Xbox One will not drop price nor remove the bundled kinect
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..So the company may face a scenario where a premature Xbox One price cut is necessary to ensure that the online platform and its console don’t sputter out.
This would come as a surprise to Market Analysts and Stockbrokers who believed this was the path Microsoft needed to take.
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