Microsoft starts selling Xbox One without Kinect

Just hours ahead of its big E3 keynote, Microsoft has launched the Xbox One without Kinect. Folks can order it right now on the company’s online store.

The Xbox One was always seen as a good console that comes with a big gimmick: the Kinect. While some fans may disagree with that assertion, nobody can argue with price and sales. Sony’s Playstation 4 has been continuously outselling Microsoft’s console, thanks in no small part to its lower price.

As previously announced, Microsoft has now gotten rid of the Kinect requirement for the Xbox One, so folks can go buy the stand-alone console, at the reduced price of $399 – the same as Sony’s PS4. Currently the new Kinect-less version is available on the online store but the offer is sure to spread to other retailers very soon.

And while you wait for your new Xbox to ship, you can stay tuned for our complete coverage of Microsoft’s E3 Keynote, happening in just a few hours. The company is expected to announce lots of games on their way to the console, and maybe even some new upcoming features for the console.

Source: Microsoft Store via: Engadget

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And they are already LOOKING for other excuses. The reason for dropping Kinect (from the customer end) was entirely about price - this is the equivalent of a forced price-cut.

As someone who's on the fence about getting Xbone, I may wait a little longer. In the past year, they've already cut the price and dropped Kinect. One might ask, "what else will they change?". I'm also interested in what their deal with the NFL is all about, as someone who doesn't subscribe to cable. If they streamed the RedZone Channel, then I'd go get one tomorrow.

Nothing else will change hardware wise with it. All the rest will be software. But if you can spend the extra $100 I recommend getting the Kinect. The monthly updates just keep on making the console better and better and I love and use it just about every day from streaming media to playing games.

It would be pretty nice now if I would stop getting the persistent "you've disconnected your Kinect" icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

I've never ever had any issues with Kinect. Sure its recognition is sometimes messed up, but nothing related to the hardware, or connection stuff.

Neither have I, when it's connected. I just don't need a persistent icon reminding me that it's disconnected. I know it's disconnected, because I unplugged it.

I owned a Day One but returned it. Didn't feel it was ready yet for prime time. The recent updates and Kinect-less version brought me back.

So its got nothing that its competitor doesn't have now, its got weaker hardware than its competitor, and most would agree lesser quality in house developers and franchises...and its the same price, why would anyone buy an Xbox?

-adrian- said,
Because they bought the Xbox 360 as well .. and the PlayStation was more powerfull

Arguable. The PS3s CPU was more powerful, but the GPU was weaker.

Sonne said,
So its got nothing that its competitor doesn't have now, its got weaker hardware than its competitor, and most would agree lesser quality in house developers and franchises...and its the same price, why would anyone buy an Xbox?

Sorry but in house dev is won by MS. The whole weaker argument is simply stupid, look at the cross platform games and without the spec sheet in front of you most people would not be able to spot the difference. DX 12 will allow serves to use the esram a LOT more efficiently and get far more or of it.

Xbox was more powerful, ps2 did fine
Ps3 was more powerful, 360 did fine
Ps4 is more powerful, one will do fine

Paper specs are only good until the real world comes along and throws these simplistic fan boy spec hunting arguments to the wind.

Who cares anyway? If you have and enjoy a ps4 good for you. Same with xbox one. I don't understand the drive in people that causes them to align with a company like it's a family member or close friend.

Bananas.

Sonne said,
So its got nothing that its competitor doesn't have now, its got weaker hardware than its competitor, and most would agree lesser quality in house developers and franchises...and its the same price, why would anyone buy an Xbox?

Games, platform, reasons many will still use Kinect. After the June update, it started working better.

CobaltHex said,
which developers and franchises are these?

Quantic Dreams, Insomniac, Guerrilla, Sucker Punch, Team ICO, Project Siren, Naughty Dog, Polyphony, Evolution and a myriad of SCE studios around the world...

That gives Playstation titles like; Resistance, Killzone, Gran Turismo, God of War, MLB The Show, Uncharted, Infamous, MotorStorm, The Last of Us, Ratchet & Clank, Heavy Rain, Sly Cooper, Wipeout, SOCOM etc... That can only be played exclusively on a Playstation and nowhere else like PC (where a lot of xbox "exclusives" end up)

Having exclusivity to some of the greatest franchises in gaming is a pretty big upper hand in my opinion.

-adrian- said,
Implying this would all be big and known franchise

All of those games have sold in the millions, so I'm not implying anything, I am stating facts

Sonne said,

Quantic Dreams, Insomniac, Guerrilla, Sucker Punch, Team ICO, Project Siren, Naughty Dog, Polyphony, Evolution and a myriad of SCE studios around the world...

That gives Playstation titles like; Resistance, Killzone, Gran Turismo, God of War, MLB The Show, Uncharted, Infamous, MotorStorm, The Last of Us, Ratchet & Clank, Heavy Rain, Sly Cooper, Wipeout, SOCOM etc... That can only be played exclusively on a Playstation and nowhere else like PC (where a lot of xbox "exclusives" end up)

Having exclusivity to some of the greatest franchises in gaming is a pretty big upper hand in my opinion.

Oh, I am sure Xbox has the same amount of exclusive titles that PS4 have.

Plus, what's wrong if Xbox exclusive titles makes it to the PC? Can you tell me? That's it, nothing wrong at all. In fact, it is brilliant because MS and developers can make addition profit by having them sold on PC. Apparently, someone here is only thinking within the confine world of PS4.

RommelS said,
What's wrong if Xbox exclusive titles makes it to the PC? Can you tell me?

Nothing is wrong, in fact I think its great, it means I do not have to buy an xbox to play them :)

Sonne said,

Nothing is wrong, in fact I think its great, it means I do not have to buy an xbox to play them :)

So why even make that comment right? Because it really has no basis in the conversation. However, it just make you wonder, that even Xbox Exclusives are in PCs, Xbox itself is still doing great by itself. ;)

RommelS said,
So why even make that comment right? Because it really has no basis in the conversation.

really?

because in my original post I asked why now would one buy an xbox over a ps4? the one thing that made the xbox different is now not included(or not as important as microsoft had us all believe), you basically have two consoles that do the same thing for the same price and the only real differentiating factor comes down to their respective software, in order to play anything made by any of Sony's in house developers or 2nd party developers you must have a ps4 where as in the xbox most of its "exclusives" get released on pc ...thus negating any advantage or reason whatsoever for buying an xbox over a ps4...maybe halo is really important to you? then again bungie has left anyway

Sonne said,

really?

because in my original post I asked why now would one buy an xbox over a ps4? the one thing that made the xbox different is now not included(or not as important as microsoft had us all believe), you basically have two consoles that do the same thing for the same price and the only real differentiating factor comes down to their respective software, in order to play anything made by any of Sony's in house developers or 2nd party developers you must have a ps4 where as in the xbox most of its "exclusives" get released on pc ...thus negating any advantage or reason whatsoever for buying an xbox over a ps4...maybe halo is really important to you? then again bungie has left anyway

Really? So you really think that Xbox Exclusive going to Windows is totally a disadvantage? You also have to remember, not all of the exclusives comes to PC, and PC has to wait for sometime before they can get their chance to play Xbox Exclusive titles - again, it helps the developers as well to earn addition money. Get out of that PS mentally of yours and wake up and smell the coffee. The world doesn't revolve around who has the most powerful system on paper; it is all about implementation and services. Even with MS' fiasco with the launch of Xbox One, and I don't mean to bash Sony on this, they still have plenty to catch up on the implementation and services of Xbox. I bet you, you don't know anything about business.

In addition, both have fans of their respected exclusive games, and thus some people have both consoles.

RommelS said,

Really? So you really think that Xbox Exclusive going to Windows is totally a disadvantage? ... Get out of that PS mentally of yours and wake up and smell the coffee...I bet you, you don't know anything about business.

I think you are mistaking me for a fan of Sony, or a fanboy, I am primarily a PC and mobile gamer and couldn't really care less about either Sony or Microsoft. I was speaking merely from a consumers perspective, mine and I would imagine many others, that when deciding between the two competing consoles the xbox has no differentiating advantages in fact its inferior in almost every way...the single thing it could redeem itself on would be its exclusive content, but aside from Halo theres not much there and what is there can be played on PC whereas the many studios under Sony's umbrella will develop games exclusively for playstation.

Two consoles for the same price, one has more value than the other to me as a consumer, because A) I can't play playstation titles on a PC and B) The Playstation has far more interesting exclusive content.

If Microsoft upped and bought all of Sony's development studios then I would buy an xbox, I do not care what corporation brand name is stamped on my consoles.

What don't you get?

In addition, both have fans of their respected exclusive games, and thus some people have both consoles.

except that one console has far more actual exclusive content than the other, what little quality content the xbox does have most will release on the PC at some point...and most multi platform titles will perform better on the PS4, as already evidenced by current released games.

The one thing that Microsoft told us was going to make the xbox special, kinect, is now pretty much history.

When looking at both products priced the same the choice is pretty obvious where the value is....unless of course you do care which corporation logo is stamped on your hardware

Sonne said,

I think you are mistaking me for a fan of Sony, or a fanboy, I am primarily a PC and mobile gamer and couldn't really care less about either Sony or Microsoft. I was speaking merely from a consumers perspective, mine and I would imagine many others, that when deciding between the two competing consoles the xbox has no differentiating advantages in fact its inferior in almost every way...the single thing it could redeem itself on would be its exclusive content, but aside from Halo theres not much there and what is there can be played on PC whereas the many studios under Sony's umbrella will develop games exclusively for playstation.

Two consoles for the same price, one has more value than the other to me as a consumer, because A) I can't play playstation titles on a PC and B) The Playstation has far more interesting exclusive content.

If Microsoft upped and bought all of Sony's development studios then I would buy an xbox, I do not care what corporation brand name is stamped on my consoles.

What don't you get?

except that one console has far more actual exclusive content than the other, what little quality content the xbox does have most will release on the PC at some point...and most multi platform titles will perform better on the PS4, as already evidenced by current released games.

The one thing that Microsoft told us was going to make the xbox special, kinect, is now pretty much history.

When looking at both products priced the same the choice is pretty obvious where the value is....unless of course you do care which corporation logo is stamped on your hardware

Thank you for clarifying it because to be honest, you came out as someone who is in the other camp, and it really didn't come out as if you were coming from the consumers' perspective. But that is over with.

As I mentioned, it is not about who has the fastest hardware, and Xbox 360 has already proven that multiple times in the past. It is about the implementation and services. Exclusive titles are there to provide interest on the consoles, thus gamers are interested on both, and even has both. Thus this is not about which logo is imprinted on the device.

As for the Kinect, I don't think you've seen the last of it. For now, it will be just another add-on rather than a full fledge part of Xbox One. If you have tried playing games with Kinect integration as A PART OF THE GAME then you will understand- not all games requires body movement with Kinect. MS provided Kinect in hopes that it will bring a device that not only can do gaming, but other things as well. Think of it as a Trojan horse to enter your home because MS' plan was to integrate some of their 88 Acre - City of the Future to Kinect one at a time. Set back, most likely it is.