When Microsoft announced Kinect as a mandatory product with Xbox One, critics and industry professionals slammed the move and also blamed the peripheral as the main culprit behind the high price tag of $499. Many suggested Microsoft to bring a Kinectless Xbox One bundle to market within a price range of $399-$450 in-order to compete with Playstation 4.
However nothing has been official announced in this regard from Microsoft. Today, in a recent interview to Edge Magazine, former Microsoft employee Peter Molyneux said that Microsoft will indeed offer a Kinect-less SKU of Xbox One and added that it was an unnecessary add-on.
“I actually wish Kinect wasn’t a requirement,” Molyneux told Edge. “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. My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn’t work.”
“They could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect],” he added. “I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.”
Definitely a Kinect-less Xbox One SKU is indeed a need of time because sales difference between Xbox One and PS4 is massive and to catch-up Microsoft need to take some tough decision.
Now that Phil Spencer is Head of Xbox, fans are expecting that everything will fall into place perfectly as he is committed to taking GAMES first approach with Xbox One.
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