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Kinect being dropped from Xbox One packages

Kinect being dropped from Xbox One packages

The new and improved Kinect for the Xbox One was originally touted as something required for basic operation of the console.

The Xbox One will no longer be sold bundled with the Kinect motion sensor peripheral as of June 9.

The new Xbox One bundle without the Kinect will be sold at £350 bringing the price in line with the Playstation 4. A current bundle including the peripheral costs between £400-£440.

When the Xbox One was first announced, Microsoft claimed that it would not be usable without the Kinect device being attached. This statement gradually softened over time with the admission that the console would function with the peripheral attached and now the company will start selling the Kinect device for gamers who want to pick it up later on instead.

The decision to unbundle was made as a result of feedback from Microsoft’s partners and one assumes from the gaming community that felt frustrated about the Kinect being included with the console and increasing the base price.

Launching in November 2013, the Xbox One has performed well in terms of sales but lately appears to have been outpaced by its rival the Playstation 4. In January, sales figures from the two rival companies showed that the Xbox One had sold 3 million while the Playstation 4 was pulling ahead with 4.2 million sales.

More recent figures suggest the Playstation 4 has crested 7 million sales while Microsoft has been more taciturn about the number of Xbox One units it has shifted.

The first Kinect for the Xbox 360 launched in 2010 and was quickly adopted by the hobbiest-hacker community who found a range of innovative uses for the device. Unfortunately the peripheral never saw any major break-out titles during its initial run.

The Kinect that has so far been shipping with the Xbox One is an improved model sporting improved body tracking, the ability to measure the precise angle of your hands and the ability to analyse the weight you put on each limb whilst moving. The newer device also has less problems with lighting conditions required to detect players.

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Corky42 14th May 2014, 12:16 Quote
I heard that the Kinect has X-ray vision and can read your thoughts :D
Nexxo 14th May 2014, 12:45 Quote
I hear it can watch you masturbate. :p
Hustler 14th May 2014, 13:02 Quote
So you still have to pay the same amount of money for the less powerful console...hmmm, Why is that a good deal???

If it were £299 (maybe,possibly £329) then I can see the point, but as it stands, this isn't really a price drop.
RichCreedy 14th May 2014, 13:16 Quote
oh ****, will have to stop watching porn in the living room now, I didn't realise it was watching me masturbate to porn
Stotherd-001 14th May 2014, 13:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
So you still have to pay the same amount of money for the less powerful console...hmmm, Why is that a good deal???

If it were £299 (maybe,possibly £329) then I can see the point, but as it stands, this isn't really a price drop.

£350 for xbox without kinect.. £399 for xbox with kinect, and titanfall. This doesn't make any reasonable sense.
TheMadDutchDude 14th May 2014, 13:42 Quote
That was my thinking. You can get the XBO with Kinect and Titanfall for £380 so this really needs to be sub £300 at least.

Oh Microsoft. Ripping us off again... can't say you've ever done that before. LOL.
MrJay 14th May 2014, 13:51 Quote
If they price it too low the Kinect will not be an attractive option for anyone. They seem to want everyone to have one!
Nexxo 14th May 2014, 14:02 Quote
What? Companies want you to buy more of their stuff?!? Say it ain't so!
Vallachia 14th May 2014, 15:55 Quote
"If they price it too low the Kinect will not be an attractive option for anyone. They seem to want everyone to have one!"

That was the plan, a kinect in every living room. MS have been working busily on patenting techniques to work out how many people are watching at any given time and whether or not they are really paying attention, along with a host of other information about your viewing habits. Seems like the perfect sort of info to sell to advertisers, no?

Kinect + Xbone was meant to be a Nielsen box for the 21st century. It sits in your living room, knows what channel you are watching (if you plug your sky box etc in to it like a good slave) and all about your viewing habits. That sort of info. is gold. Really, MS should be giving these boxes away for free. They'd make their money back in a year or two if everyone had one.
toolio20 14th May 2014, 18:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vallachia
Really, MS should be giving these boxes away for free. They'd make their money back in a year or two if everyone had one.
But why give them away when you can have people PAY for them?

They're just following the ALCOA playbook (the guys who sell municipalities fluoride [a.k.a. industrial toxic waste, literally] to dump into their water supplies)...
jb0 15th May 2014, 07:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
I hear it can watch you masturbate. :p

But don't worry, it derives no joy from this. It's a purely clinical view.
SexyHyde 15th May 2014, 07:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by jb0
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
I hear it can watch you masturbate. :p

But don't worry, it derives no joy from this. It's a purely clinical view.

Mine refuses to turn back on after I masturbated in front of it.
Nexxo 15th May 2014, 08:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by jb0
But don't worry, it derives no joy from this. It's a purely clinical view.

It gives you feedback to enhance performance. Cortana says: "Faster... slower... longer strokes..." and afterwards gives you an experience rating. it's Microsoft's answer to the Wii Fit platform. :p

Sony has something similar for the PS4 EyeToy, but there you do it to the beat of disco music and there's kawai Japanese magna girls cheering you on.*



*I am not joking as much as you think...
Impatience 15th May 2014, 09:53 Quote
Woah.. I was not expecting a game review like that, Nexxo! :)
Corky42 15th May 2014, 11:38 Quote
@Nexxo, Do we get to unlock achievements ?

How did a topic about Microsoft unbundling the Kinect descend into this.
ArcAngeL 17th May 2014, 04:04 Quote
Ms need to keep Kinect to maintain their MS ecosystem. Its the use of Skype they need to leave it there for.
for them to cut out the Kinect must be just a attempt to prevent kids for cam ****ing each other.
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