Kinect is said to the the main culprit behind high price tag “$499” of Xbox One as compared to its competitor Playstation 4. Most industry professionals and analysts have advice Microsoft to offer gamers a kinect-less Xbox One bundle at a price close to that of $399, and this also seems to be the demand of Xbox community.
But Microsoft Xbox Division boss Phil Spencer thinks otherwise. In a recent interview to Edge Magazine, Spencer said that dropping Kinect from Xbox One is not the number one request from consumers, its “great games”.
“We’re always trying to match what consumers are asking for,” Spencer said. “I always want to make sure that we’re in tune with what current or potential customers are asking for from us. Right now, [dropping Kinect is] not the number one request from people. Usually it’s, ‘Where are the great games?’
These views of Spencer are completely opposite to those of ex-Microsoft employee “Pete Molyneux”. He stated that mandatory Kinect with Xbox One is unnecessary add-on, and feels more and more like a joke.
“I actually wish Kinect wasn’t a requirement,” says Molyneux. “It feels like an unnecessary add-on to me. Maybe it’s because we’re in England, and it doesn’t really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke.”
“They could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect]. I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.”
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