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Spencer: Dropping Kinect not number one request; Molyneux: Kinect free Xbox is coming

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.

Edited On 08 Apr, 2014

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Dead's avatar
Dead 3 years ago
Kinectless Xbone by Christmas I reckon.
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Old Timer 3 years ago
Who knows for sure, I bet even Microsoft don't. Mind you, I take what "Mr Molyneux" says these days with a very large pinch of salt and maybe I'm out of touch, I didn't think it was that involved with MS these days? Interesting times though, I mean you can get Xbox One/Kinect and a game now for £390-400 ( depending where you look ), Xbox One without Kinect, what could we be talking? £299, maybe even cheaper? how would Sony respond, could they respond with their reported financial difficulties? The way it's going though, what I paid day one for my Xbox One/PS4, if I would have held out it looks like I could have saved a fortune lol
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Danny_936 3 years ago
Honestly before i got my xbox one and then a few aweeks after i got it i absolutely hated the kinect in every way but after a few months i really like, just walk into a turn my xbox and my tv on and off, load up a game or netflix, send game invites and party invites, read messages, record game clips for bragging rights, all done with just your voice, all without the controller, i really dont see the problem with kinect not after using it for a few months so i dont think they should drop it all and they should continue to keep it bundled with the xboxes.
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PrometheusFan 3 years ago
No, dropping the price is number one request... and why is the price so high to begin with? Kinect. MS have failed to justify the existence of this device as an enforced games console attachment, so all it has done so far is inflate the price of an already expensive piece of hardware even further. It should never have been mandatory.
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Old Timer 3 years ago
@ Danny ... I agree, I like the Kinect, sort of brings something new to the table ( Well new to me ) even though I would like to see some "Kinect Only" titles that really show off what it can "possibly" do but with the console only being 4 months old it's early days. We shall see down the road how many developers actually use it but I think the longer it stays with the Xbox One the more chance of developers using it, if it does become optional then I can see it going the way of the first Kinect, time will tell.

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