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Microsoft unbundles Kinect from Xbox One, standalone system coming next month for $399

By Shawn Knight
May 13, 2014
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  1. Microsoft is once again backtracking on what seemed like a firm commitment to not unbundle the Kinect motion-sensing device from their next generation console. As part of a campaign to deliver more choices for fans, the company announced on Tuesday...

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    LOL just lol :D
     
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    I thought april passed isnt this a bit late? Microsoft would not remove kinect without spending $1.8trillion dollars taking out the 7.8billion lines of code that make the xbox one require kinect for every little thing even changing LED lights.
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    I know, right? First MS said you'd always have to play online... then they changed their minds. Then they said they'd always sell it with a Kinect, now they change their mind. Seriously, if MS keeps listening to what their customers want and giving it to them we won't be able to rip on them as much anymore.

    That'd be a bummer :)
     
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    Microsoft... Masters of the backpedal maneuver...
     
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  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    It's about time. Kinect only works half the time if you're lucky, assuming you want to talk (and wave) to it. With it gone I might buy an XBOX for its media capabilities. No Gold account for streaming could be the deciding factor.
     
  7. Glad to hear Kinect is now an option. When Kinect becomes a fully formed technology I might get it at that time.
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    So the paperwork that the consumer put in for a Kinect free Xbox, took a year to process! Microsoft does listen, we just have to wait a year for processing. The paperwork for Win8 must have been lost, we should file again.

    Microsoft is not stu-pid; they know the consumer will pay a high price, if that is the only price. Anyone not willing to pay a the price will either not purchase or wait for a lower price (even if that means loosing features).
     
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    LMAO yeah. Good move by MS. Should have been there since day 1. Lesson for MS: don't force gimmicks on people.
     
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  10. ChuckyDhaBeast

    ChuckyDhaBeast TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    Still not low enough...
    They need a version at 350$.
    Make it the DD version without the expensive BD drive. They need to beat Sony on the price.
     
  11. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Now, all we need is GhostRyder to come in and explain how this will actually be a benefit to Microsoft after arguing vigorously that Kinect would not go the way of R.O.B.
     
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  12. John Freiman

    John Freiman TS Rookie

    Worth the price if Microsoft adds Media Center Extender!
     
  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 991   +90

    Well that almost makes it worth considering.
     
  14. je29836

    je29836 TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Now you can buy a pos console half as powerful as the ps4 for the same price . xboners rejoice
     
  15. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Least there are games for it.

    This was a stupid decision, now Kinect will just lose all the extra support it had for developers considering working on games for it.
     
  16. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 469   +97

    Too funny. ROFL. So you're implying Xbox One gets one exclusive high profile release in Titanfall and now you can consider XO as having games? Troll on!
     
  17. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Ok and PS4 gets none...
    Also Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Titanfall to name a few while PS4 has what exactly? Right now ive got 1 game for my PS4, second son and that's the only PS4 game to get a good review that's considered close to a "AAA" game (Killzone shadowfall was a literal shadow to the former games). Every other game is on both which isn't counted in the list... All PS4 has is a bunch of "Coming sometime this or next year" labels.
     
  18. Listening to the customers is turning the Xbox1 into a PS4...next up is faster ram, more shader cores and a controller with a VR light bar.
     
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    Wow, Well done Microsoft, I know at least 3 people who will now actually consider buying your console.

    Anyway, @GhostRyder, You have a fair point, right now the Xbox One does have a few more games that are of decent quality, but if the PS3 is anything to go by, when the PS4 does get it's exclusive games they'll be incredible. As I've stated in the past, I'm quite happy to wait for a quality game, rather than lots of average games.
     
  20. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 830   +54

    They should recall them and put faster ram in. In 2 years time it will be laughable.
     
  21. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Posts: 330   +93

    that's why people call it xbox 180ยบ
     
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  22. Computers getting cheaper with better integrated graphics combined with increasing prices of the consoles should slowly crumble the consoles. $60 dollar console games are, OUCH.
     
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