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Update: Microsoft has told Game Front it has no plans to release an Xbox One console without Kinect.

"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," reads a statement from Microsoft.

Original story: Microsoft will release two additional Xbox One SKUs in summer 2014 in the hope of undercutting the price of the PS4, a source has told Machinima's Inside Gaming Daily.

The anonymous source claims the two new SKUs would each drop Kinect from the bundle. The first would be the same as the launch model, only with Kinect removed, whilst the second would drop Kinect and opt for a smaller hard drive.

It's thought the 500GB model will retail in-line with the PS4 at $399, whilst the second model would drop the price even lower, down to $350.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Whilst many believe Microsoft will have to cut the high price of the Xbox One, removing Kinect does seem like an unlikely step given how integral to the experience the platform holder intends it to be.

However, the anonymous source does back up claims from Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who believes Microsoft is working to close the price gap between the Xbox One and PS4.

Source: InsideGamingDaily

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FantasyMeister

Microsoft still have to prove how integral to games the Kinect is to gamers like me. I don't dance, I don't wave my arms about and they canned the only futuristic thing about it (Milo).

The fact that they seemed determined to push on ahead regardless just pushed me firmly into the PS4 camp for next generation, so I'm already a lost cause even if they do manage to convince me that Kinect is worth it.

Ultimately they seem to have lost track of what makes a games console a games console and tried to diversify too much. They need 2 SKUs, a stripped down 'this plays games' one for gamers, and a 'this does everything' Microsoft want it to do one.
Posted 15:33 on 25 July 2013
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Endless@ Im_Dave_Angel

Your understanding is incorrect i'm afraid :)

The controller is an independent control mechanism. Kinect is capable of recognising when someone is holding a controller (amongst other things) and reacting accordingly, but the two arent intrinsically linked.

As far as a move towards removing Kinect as a required part of the console: I recently read a few news articles that it costs them as much to manufacture Kinect 2.0 as it does the Xbox One hardware itself. If one platform (read: PS4) isn't embracing motion and voice intregration then all platforms might as well give it up.

The cost to include something that only Xbox-specific titles can fully take advantage of might be too high. Sure developers may add the odd Kinect functionality as they are doing now but to fully take advantage of what's available and work it into your software for a single platform to take advantage of it doesn't make good business sense.

I think it'd be a shame if it went. BUT given only the US gets the TV integration at launch, it might be wise to bundle Kinect 2.0 with whatever TV adaptor is required to integrate TV with it and sell it as a multimedia add on.
Posted 14:13 on 25 July 2013
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Im_Dave_Angel

It was my understanding that the kinect was needed for the controller to work.

Assumed that MS is not looking at a major redesign before the console is even released, I take this rumour with a pinch of salt.
Posted 09:13 on 25 July 2013
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Ezay606

its brilliant to see the next gen console wars happening right before us! :) your move PS4

though they did not release how small of a hard drive in the next bundle was going to offer, until then they cannot guarantee it will under cut the PS4
Posted 16:50 on 24 July 2013
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MJTH

And suddenly a million customers cancelled their pre-orders.

Seriously though, if Microsoft doesn't want Kinect 2 to sink this time around, this would be a bad move. It would also hurt customer moral, considering everyone buying the XB1 at launch are the hardcore gamer who probably care least for kinect.
Posted 15:44 on 24 July 2013
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