Microsoft Responds to Consumer Feedback – Xbox One Without Kinect Coming in June


Microsoft’s bold, new vision for the future will soon be an optional accessory for Xbox One users. A new version of the console is coming this summer at a drastically lower price point. 


Since the announcement of the Xbox One, Microsoft has fully supported and embraced the Kinect. Just this past February the company restated it had no intentions of releasing a Kinect-less console, but a large number of people still were’t entirely sold on the device. In an ongoing effort to prove their commitment to consumer feedback, Microsoft has changed it’s tune and will be releasing a standalone Xbox One for $399.99 on June 9th. Those interested in eventually adopting the Kinect will have the option to purchase the motion camera at a later date, but Xbox Head Phil Spencer says “the price probably won’t be exactly $100.”

Spencer also went on to clarify Microsoft’s future plans for the Kinect;

“Kinect remains an important part of our vision. We will continue to innovate on Kinect, I think it’s an important differentiator for us.”

Many supporters of Microsoft’s original vision for the console may be slightly disappointed to see the Xbox One without Kinect. Making this device a completely optional accessory will definitely hurt the adoption rate, but many studios already claim to have projects in the works that fully utilize this new technology.

Does the lower price point make this a far more appealing purchase for you or would you rather see Microsoft keep the Kinect bundles? 

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i mileson iMiles Dompier is the chief editor and founder of What’s Your Tag?. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a composer/voice actor. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow his shenanigans on Twitter and be sure to join our gaming community; TEAM XBRO


  1. As someone who has had the console for a while now, I’m sad to see the Kinect go the way of the buffalo. Early launch titles offered subtle additions that I really enjoyed, like taunting zombies in Dead Rising 3 or commanding your squad in Ryse: Son of Rome, but it seems like games are using it less and less as time goes on. It’s a shame really, as the Kinect is worth the price for voice commands alone, especially when navigating the UI. How will someone without Kinect record “oh shit!” moments of gameplay without saying “Xbox, record that.”?

    I still don’t care for recognition features aside from the Kinect automatically logging me in to Xbox Live when it sees my face, but waving my arms around to navigate menus is still terrible enough that I just use my controller anyway. The new Kinect is a great idea on paper and the early launch titles showed some promise as to what we can expect, but it’s just not something everybody is jumping on, which sucks.

    Then again, if this makes more people adopt the Xbox One, so be it.

  2. Since kinect is an optional component, I see no advantage in buying a console that withdrawn its own differentiating factor.

    I had, in the kinect 2.0, a tool that could reshape the future of gaming – think of the possibilities if added to that a virtual reality pair of glasses, you would see your own body in motion in a vr world, amazin. The fact that the thing was being bundled to all xbox one consoles was amazing potential. Now I will have the shadow of this tool which was partly abandoned. Heck, why not get a ps4 instead ? It’s a better gaming console. Why pay the same for a lower end gpu ?

    My own complaint is first for the developpers that lacked the vision to make this tool a great plus. They should have developed far more titles and options in their games to take advantage of the thing. My other complaint is for the the complainers that wanted a kinect free bundle. Why won’t they just get a freaking ps4 if they only want more of the same, i.e. a standard console with nothing new.

    Or why don’t they go buy a computer with a super high end graph card and cpu if all they want is true hardcore gaming, instead of tearing appart the future of xbox one. It could have reshaped the way the gaming is done. Now it’s just a cute extra.

    They say we have the politicians we deserve. I would say we now have the tasteless console we deserved.

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