Neoseeker : News : Chief Xbox One Architect Marc Whitten confirms Xbox One works without Kinect plugged in
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Leon_Gehste Aug 12, 13
now just sell Xbox One's with out the kinect then i might consider buying one, and they'll be on equal ground with PS4 this holiday season
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Slash Aug 12, 13
If they do drop the kinect they'll have to make the price lower than the PS4 since it is weaker.
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RC Cola King Aug 12, 13
quote Leon_Gehste
now just sell Xbox One's with out the kinect then i might consider buying one, and they'll be on equal ground with PS4 this holiday season
That may be true, but I think it's too far gone at this point. It's reputation has already been tarnished. The news of the unfavorable features spread far more quickly than the news that they were removed. A majority of people have already moved on to PS4 or WiiU.
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Slash Aug 12, 13
Looking at the sales and install base, I don't think anyone has moved on to the WiiU.
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intoxication Aug 12, 13
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How do we persuade Microsoft to not include the Kinect in the base bundle, thereby dropping the price to PlayStation 4 competitive levels or lower? This is your mission if you choose to accept it.
By cancelling and/or not pre-ordering the console till they drop the Kinect. I've done my part, now it's up to you all.
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Rayce Aug 12, 13
quote RC Cola King
That may be true, but I think it's too far gone at this point. It's reputation has already been tarnished. The news of the unfavorable features spread far more quickly than the news that they were removed. A majority of people have already moved on to PS4 or WiiU.
I agree, because of how negatively the community reacted to the new gaming policies, it got a bad rep very, very fast. PS4 rode this and really got the other end, which was a good reputation.

I'm more curious as to how PS4 will do in the future. If they hold their good reputation I'll be surprised.
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THM Aug 12, 13
Does Kinect use a USB port and does it have a dedicated port just like in PS4 for its camera?
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samwise995 Aug 12, 13
It's a smart move on Microsoft's part to drop all their annoying features. A little late in the game maybe. But frankly, they still don't have any good launch games like the PS4 does so I doubt even this will help boost sales much, especially considering the negative reaction from the community thus far.
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Solx Aug 12, 13
For the Love of God, Fire whoever came up with these concepts. It is like they dont even live in reality.
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DedValve Aug 12, 13
Xbox One removes DRM. 180.
Xbox One removes stupid Indie Policy. 180.
Xbox One removes Kinect requirement. 180.
Xbox One will soon include a kinectless $399 version. 180.

180+180+180+180=720. The plan is coming along perfectly.
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bluexy Aug 12, 13
DedValve That's good science right there.
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DedValve Aug 12, 13
rayce why would you be surprised if Sony holds their good reputation? That reputation was built THIS gen, not because of just E3. They fought like hell to not get dominated by the 360 and in the end ended up selling more worldwide because they established a reliable brand and new services.

This year alone speaks volumes of Playstation exclusives. At this point they are almost rivaling Nintendo and even old Sega in terms of quality and quantity.

If anything a $399 Xbox without kinect will be very interesting if only because now we'll finally have 2 next generation consoles neck to neck that have absolutely nothing more to offer than exclusive games. Which ironically is also a bad thing. If only we had a third next generation console that was different enough from the other two in order to shake things up.

But given Sony's output of games, services really effective marketing teams I wouldn't be surprised at all if Sony is just as well received next gen as they where late this gen. Microsoft too for that matter since the average person will never know nor care about the previous policies that may (read: definitely) or may not return in the future.
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Rayce Aug 12, 13
quote DedValve
rayce why would you be surprised if Sony holds their good reputation? That reputation was built THIS gen, not because of just E3. They fought like hell to not get dominated by the 360 and in the end ended up selling more worldwide because they established a reliable brand and new services.

But given Sony's output of games, services really effective marketing teams I wouldn't be surprised at all if Sony is just as well received next gen as they where late this gen. Microsoft too for that matter since the average person will never know nor care about the previous policies that may (read: definitely) or may not return in the future.

What I'm honestly expecting is for the number of pre-order sales to go to their heads as human behavior tends to go. They've gained their audience, they've got their preorders now, but there's no telling what could happen after Sony's collected their cash from the consoles. I'm not saying anything bad will come of it, but it's out of gamers' control. On the other hand, Microsoft needs to work it's way back up; the market shifted away, so we can expect them now to do everything they can to gain a profit now.

I do agree with you though, Sony's been on a rise now building up to PS4. This was really a seminal generation for Sony as they topped the market, easily. But as competition goes, It'll be interesting to see what MS brings now, ex: that $399 kinectless Xbox.
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Zombie_Barioth Aug 12, 13
Its funny how everything wrong with the Xbox was either removed, changed, or proven wrong despite being told things had to be that way and couldn't be changed. Its also interesting how just about all these "features" of the kinect don't actually need a kinect to be done. Boy, what a world Microsoft must live in.
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