Microsoft has stated that it currently has no plans to release the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor.
“[A Kinect-less Xbox One] is not in our plans at all,” Xbox U.K. marketing chief Harvey Eagle recently told Eurogamer. “As we’ve said from the very beginning, we believe Kinect is an absolutely integral part of the Xbox One experience.
“Look at all the thousands and thousands of game clips that have been posted by gamers to Upload Studio, of their gaming highlights, captured by speaking the words ‘Xbox record that’, which has already become part of Xbox vocabulary,” Eagle added. “It’s a really great example of how Kinect makes the experience on Xbox One even better.”
There are currently only a few Xbox One titles that actually require Kinect, such as Kinect Sports Rivals and Xbox Fitness, but Eagle stated that more games will be announced at E3 in June.
“Obviously E3 is a key moment in time where we’ll make a bunch of announcements about what’s coming up in the months ahead of E3, and particularly for Christmas,” he said. “So expect to hear much more from us at E3.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new Titanfall Xbox One bundle alongside a £30 price cut for the console in the U.K., making the console’s new price £399.99.