IGN recently reported that Microsoft’s Phil Harrison stated that the Xbox One and Kinect are not separate systems. He went on to state “An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-Ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. They are all part of the platform ecosystem”. From these statements it is pretty safe to assume that even though Microsoft previously stated that Kinect would no longer be required to run the system, the system will still ship with it regardless.
With this news, we can also assume that the next generation console will still retail at $500 with no Xbox One only version in sight. This may have many people up in arms but if you look at it at from a different point of view its actually a good thing. By bundling the Kinect with all systems, developers will have more incentive to include functionality into their games.
In-game Kinect functionality will enrich game play in a unique way only found on Microsoft’s console. Moreover, this also shows that there will be more support for the camera on Microsoft’s end. If they have the Kinect bundled with every system, they will have more incentive and pressure to constantly improve the features available through it.
In the end, this development may not be good for your wallet, but it will be great for game and system features in the long run. Don’t count out the Xbox One just yet! If you had/have the extra $100 to splurge, would you rather have a PlayStation 4 bundle or the Xbox One?