Microsoft Reps Say a Kinect-Less Version of Xbox One is Not Happening

Major Nelson (Aka Larry Hyrb): Says No Plans for Kinect-less Version of Xbox One and Microsoft is 100% behind Kinect 2.0: Reddit

Microsoft PR man Albert Penello goes a step further with his statement regarding a SKU Version of Xbox One Without Kinect:

“Are we listening and adjusting the plans? We are. Are we making some concessions in areas where people have strong feelings? We are.

Are we altering our vision or losing faith? No.

We made one policy decision that was a major reversal around digital rights vs. physical media. It was the only time major features were changed, like family sharing, and some of the online check-in stuff that was related to it. It was the right call.

If you go back to the Unveil and E3 conferences, today’s announcement doesn’t change or diminish what we’ve said we were doing at all. All we said today is that we weren’t going to brick the box if Kinect was unplugged. People making a leap thinking that means we’ve completely disconnected Kinect from the system would be wrong.

Once you guys experience the console, some of the criticisms may be valid, and many won’t. The controller will not be the best way to navigate the dash – things like instant switching, snap mode, sign-in, and search are going to be vastly superior with Kinect. There is no controller UI that will beat “Xbox, Snap Skype”, or “Xbox, Go to Killer Instinct”.

The idea that the controller is the best way to navigate makes sense in reference to Xbox 360, but it’s not true in Xbox One. You can completely control the dash with a controller, but many cases are deprecated versions of how it will work with voice.

If we were to remove Kinect from the bundle, then THAT would be a 180… but it’s not going to happen. This was a very minor policy change, for people who had privacy concerns or repair issues. As someone earlier stated, my guess is that very few people will take advantage of the feature. But knowing it’s there as an option is important. ” ~Source:

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