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Xbox One and Kinect won't be sold separately

Despite console not needing sensor to work
Thu Aug 22 2013, 11:47
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GAMES CONSOLE FLOGGER Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox One and Kinect sensor will not be sold separately, which means that the firm is taking a different approach than Sony with its PS4 console.

The Xbox One is only being sold as a bundle with its Kinect sensor accessory, which has been priced at £429 at all UK retailers. It looks like buyers won't be able to buy a cheaper console if they don't want a bundled Kinect, as Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed that the two products will not be sold separately.

During an interview with CVA, Microsoft corporate VP Phil Harrison said, "Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."

Harrison continued, "What we have shown really well at Gamescom is the magic of games that use Kinect. We have shown the power of voice control. It's personal. It makes you think, I wish more devices would do this."

While Harrison seems to think that the Kinect sensor is 'magical', it's fair to say that most people don't share that opinion, with readers of The INQUIRER having branded the accessory "Spybox" in light of the recent PRISM revelations.

However because of this Microsoft made a recent U-turn and said that Xbox One owners won't need to hook up the Kinect to use the console, making it seem a little bizarre that the firm won't offer the Xbox One console without the Kinect sensor add-on included.

When asked about the Xbox One release date, Harrison vaguely responded, "We have said November, and we continue to say November," adding that the firm will make an announcement in due course. µ


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