New Xbox boss Phill Spencer has said that the dropping of Kinect is not the most requested Xbox One amendment from consumers.
Speaking in an interview with Edge (via MCV), Spencer said that the company is always listening to its customers before adding, “Right now, [dropping Kinect is] not the number one request from people. Usually it’s, ‘Where are the great games?’ There are a number of games on the ID@Xbox programme that use Kinect, and you’ll see more games in the fall.”
Perhaps more interestingly, in the same article, former Microsoft development boss Peter Molyneux, said he saw the peripheral as “unnecessary,” predicting that Microsoft will indeed drop it as boxed in item to an add on peripheral in the future.
“I actually wish Kinect wasn’t a requirement,” he said. “It feels like an unnecessary add-on to me. Maybe it’s because we’re in England, and it doesn’t really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke.
“My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn’t work. They could cost-reduce it [by removing Kinect]. I’m sure they’re going to release an Xbox One without Kinect. It would be unthinkable that they wouldn’t.”
Microsoft has consistently denied that it will ever sell Xbox One without Kinect.