Poll: How long before Microsoft releases a non-Kinect version of Xbox One?

Microsoft recently announced the next-generation Kinect bundled with its upcoming Xbox One actually won't be required to use the console, though the company says it has no plans to release a version without the motion sensor. Does the announcement mean it's only a matter of time before a version of Xbox One is released without Kinect, however?

That's what we're asking you. Do you think Microsoft will backtrack on its Xbox One plans yet again and release a Kinect-free version of the console at a lower price, or is the console forever going to be bundled with the motion sensor? Microsoft has remained adamant the next-generation Kinect is essential to the Xbox One experience, though not requiring it seems to indicate the opposite. At the same time, however, not including a Kinect with each console could fragment the user base.

There currently aren't any known titles that require Kinect for the Xbox One's launch window, though numerous games will make use of Kinect in a non-mandatory fashion.

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How long before Microsoft releases an Xbox One without Kinect?

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The Markets today are not really forgiving. Companies get only one shot at success and with an initial hit on sales; the product may never recover.

well since they have gone back on pretty much everything else, I'd say 2014

XBOX ONE - we'll make it up as we go along

glen8 said,
well since they have gone back on pretty much everything else, I'd say 2014

XBOX ONE - we'll make it up as we go along

So they go back on two things and that means everything now?

Holday 2014 it'll come unbundled, when they release an XBone with a 1TB HDD.
So people can 'upgrade' their existing consoles, because the XBone doesn't have a removable HDD remember. You heard it here first folks

ModernMech said,
The HDD isn't removable but storage space is still upgradeable via USB3.
Techically the 360's HDD isn't removable, but it can be done. As long as the XB1 has a standard PC HDD of some kind, it can be swapped somehow as long as you can open the case. Which you can I am sure.

How embarrassing it must be for MS to have to keep reversing these decisions.

Considering how many back steps MS is doing, maybe the Kinect won't even come bundled at release. You'll open the box and the thing will be missing.

compl3x said,
How embarrassing it must be for MS to have to keep reversing these decisions.

Considering how many back steps MS is doing, maybe the Kinect won't even come bundled at release. You'll open the box and the thing will be missing.

So how many backtracks do you think they're doing? Most of these things aren't backtracks, just the rumour mill making people think they are.

I've been on Microsoft's ass to get their crap together, and they've done a pretty good job in listening. However, I really want them to keep the bundle up. As a consumer, while I love having options, I also want to see the Kinect take off into the hands of developers.

Consumers still have the option of buying it or not, but thankfully they're not required to have the Kinect component just to use the console.

dead.cell said,
I've been on Microsoft's ass to get their crap together, and they've done a pretty good job in listening. However, I really want them to keep the bundle up. As a consumer, while I love having options, I also want to see the Kinect take off into the hands of developers.

Consumers still have the option of buying it or not, but thankfully they're not required to have the Kinect component just to use the console.

Microsoft never stated the Kinect was required for the One to work. This is where everyone failed. It doesn't matter what this marketing guy claimed. He isn't the company.

Just goes to show how awful their PR has been though. So many misunderstood "facts" about the console, coupled with Microsoft backtracking here and there. There shouldn't be confusion regarding what your products or services can and cannot do.

dead.cell said,
I've been on Microsoft's ass to get their crap together, and they've done a pretty good job in listening. However, I really want them to keep the bundle up. As a consumer, while I love having options, I also want to see the Kinect take off into the hands of developers.

Consumers still have the option of buying it or not, but thankfully they're not required to have the Kinect component just to use the console.

+1

Within a year, easily. It depends on how the sales are initially to some degree, but they will give consumers the option sometime shortly down the road.

do it microsoft, before the launch stay competitive by having a kinect less version for 100 dollars less its going to be amazing how Sony will react to this...

Microsoft should not buckle for removal of the Kinect in the XB1. Its a tight race now with gaming consoles, with the inclusion of Android based systems now in the mix. The Kinect is a differentiating addition that is a huge plus. The PlayStation 4 is your regular dedicated game console with motion sensing added on as an after thought.

Apparently most users are voting with their wallets by pre-ordering the PS4. They don't care about motion sensing, they just want to mash buttons for 5 hours.

Has anyone noticed the dissappearence of the ring of lights on both the console and the controllers. Does that not kind of imply they will use kinect to link a profile to a controller? They even mention in one of the videos that you can give a controller to someone else and the system understands it. Sounds pretty integral to me.

Within a year of launch, if someone wants multiple consoles in their house. Surely they wont want a kinect device with every console. I wouldn't. But that's me I guess.

If kinect is such an important part of xbone, then they should've integrated it inside the very console itself and not sell it as a peripheral.
It would be like "hey, this is as important for the xbone as the air you breathe and this is how you should buy it, use and play" (it would be fairly easy for their engineers to do it).

Integrating it inside the console is contrary to how the technology works. Kinect needs to see as much of your living room as possible. You don't want to mount the Xbox One on top of your TV do you? Keeping them separate lets you choose where to put the console (behind glass inside an enternainment center for instance, which interfere with the Kinect's sensors) without worrying about optimizing placement for kinect operation.

tomasse said,
If kinect is such an important part of xbone, then they should've integrated it inside the very console itself and not sell it as a peripheral.
It would be like "hey, this is as important for the xbone as the air you breathe and this is how you should buy it, use and play" (it would be fairly easy for their engineers to do it).

I know where you're coming from and you're absolutely right, however as ModernMech stated, it's not possible, otherwise we'd have to be balancing our consoles on our TV's.

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