Microsoft Officially Denies Kinect-Less Xbox One Report

UPDATE: We received a comment denying this story from a Microsoft spokesperson. Here’s the quote:

“We have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect. 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.”


Remember how Microsoft said that they wouldn’t be selling the Xbox One without the presence of a Kinect? Well, a new report has surfaced that may blow that claim out of the water.

A source close to Inside Gaming has provided the publication with a report that Microsoft may be intending to release a Kinect-less bundle for the Xbox One in 2014. If true, the release of such a bundle would tear to shreds Microsoft’s claim that Kinect “is now an essential and integrated part of the platform.”

According to the publication, there will be not one, but two such bundles—a “normal” Kinect-less bundle and a “budget” bundle with a smaller hard drive. The budget Xbox One is intended to undercut the $400 price tag of the PlayStation 4, with a pegged price of $350 or $375.

One upside to this news is that, if true, there would be a version of the Xbox One for users who have privacy concerns about the always-on Kinect.

Microsoft has repeatedly stated that the Xbox One cannot function without a Kinect, although that appears to be nothing more than PR-speak given their statements that the Kinect can be “paused” completely while the system is turned off, listening only for someone to say “Xbox on”.

We have reached out to Microsoft for comment.

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14 Comments on Microsoft Officially Denies Kinect-Less Xbox One Report

Huntsman06

On July 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

Well microsoft may have screwed up originally, but I for one had already forgiven them after they removed the “Always Online” business. I still would get the 500gb hard drive, as I made a mistake of getting a tiny one for my 360 and regret it, but the kinect is something I can do without immediately. Also, I am guessing it goes without saying that Microsoft will sell the kinect on the side for those customers who choose to upgrade later? (Should we want to that is)

Axetwin

On July 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

Didn’t Microsoft say they planned on releasing a non-gaming version of the XB One? My guess is, the Kinect-less version would be just that.

gfx

On July 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

Who did you reach out for this comment?
Can we know the name of the microsoft spokeperson ? is this an official statement from who exactly?

DOOMtrooper

On July 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

They’ll come around when the PS4 starts owning in the sales and market share.

After the skype/NSA thing it would be retarded to trust MS with a always on camera which cant be removed in your living room.
So sorry, no xbone till they offer a Kinect free version.

also a protip: even if you are fine with kinect, i would still advise you to wait at least 6 months just to be sure that rrod2 doesn’t occour

Nick

On July 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

How the is this a good thing? I don’t want a Kinect, never wanted on never needed one. Don’t like the spying, don’t like the peripheral. Now your telling me i have no choice. I must get the Kinect and tolerate its presence and cost. What if it breaks, what if its stolen? Must i buy a new one? Will the Xbox even work afterwards? This ing sucks.

Derek

On July 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I believe I read that xbone kinect data is uploaded to microsoft for purposes such as betterment of voice recognition and relevant ad delivery. As someone who works with professional voice recognition I am of course on board with the necessity of the former, and i’m still on the fence about ad delivery. I assume the ads are just for those accessing xbox services without a subscription?

But either way, all that audio (and probably video) will be routinely screened by the NSA. Everybody on Earth knows it. I am not comfortable with it, neither is any of my friends or colleagues. All of us have already stated we won’t be buying an xbox because not only the $100 over PS4, but essentially $200 over PS4 paying for kinect which will never be connected.

Microsoft would be shooting themselves in the foot by not offering the xbone without kinect.

Chris

On July 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

In my opinion i think the IR reciever for the controller is in the kinect…….which is why you can pause the features but still require it to be connected so the controller will function……

Air Biscuit

On July 25, 2013 at 3:16 am

The contempt Microsoft has for its own customers is breathtaking.

Ron Whitaker

On July 25, 2013 at 5:42 am

@Derek: Actually, you can bet that ads will be served to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. They certainly are on the 360. The dashboard of current Gold members is inundated with ads.

Dirk

On July 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

The idea that the X-Box One requires KINECT in order to function from a software or hardware engineering standpoint is nonsense. The only people Microsoft are fooling are the ones with absolutely no knowledge of anything technical. Can they engineer it so the X-Box One will work without KINECT? Yes. Will they probably have other ways to turn on the console or manipulate screens? Yes. Can they engineer it so the X-Box One will work ONLY with KINECT? Yes. If they want all the headaches that will cause, but it would only be a simple software change to NOT require it. This is no different when they said Internet Explorer was required to be integrated into Windows. The judge was able to delete the big blue “E” in a bout 5 seconds off his desktop. And yes I realize it actually is a little more complicated than that, but that is my point. Microsoft is going to allow themselves to be able to jump either way and they would be foolish to have a complicated piece of hardware more complicated than they needed simply to turn itself on.

Karen Cook

On July 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

It’s good to know the official statement.

Tommy

On July 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Microsoft you don’t want to sell an xbox one without a kinect then im not going to give you one dollar.

Doug

On July 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Maybe the NSA is avoiding a lawsuit? Too late tho. as a die hard microsoft fan, I am never buying a game console by Microsoft again given the nature of their work with Prism and the NSA. I know i’m not alone. Buying a Sony Console coming up for the first time since PS1 as a result. I have nothing to hide but I also disagree politically with what these treasonous activities have done to America and hope anyone involved, including microsoft rot in hell for their involvement.

YALE70

On August 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

So you consider $499 a great value when the PS4 is STILL $100 bucks less? I’ll buy Microsoft’s system when they drop the Kinect and $100 off it’s tag. I don’t want a console that makes me pay extra for a device I’m never going to use.