Xbox One won’t require Kinect to function
posted on 08.12.13 at 05:37 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"The console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in."

Xbox One Kinect

Xbox One will not require Kinect to function, Xbox LIVE general manager Marc Whitten has said.

“Like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor,” Whitten told IGN.

When Kinect is plugged in, he continued, “you have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won’t work. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode.

“You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you’ll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue.”

The news is contrary to Microsoft’s stance in May, where the company said “Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases.”

Kinect will come bundled with every Xbox One when it launches this November.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

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  • Raiyu

    OK, so then why bundle it at all? Everyone is just going to turn it off.

    • GhostNomad

      With about three months until the next gen consoles show up, I can’t possibly imagine Microsoft feeling like they’re ready or even confident about their product hitting shelves.

  • Tenshiken

    Expect a Kinect-less SKU announcement at gamescon

  • GhostNomad


    Disregard my previous statement.

    The question that was asked was what happens if the Kinect breaks, and the answer given is that the Xbone will still function. This could be good news, meaning if I ever get an Xbone, I can just toss the Kinect in storage, but I’m still sticking with PS4. At least now I might actually consider buying an Xbone from a friend a year or two down the line when more exclusives show up.

    [EDIT pt2]

    An afterthought on this article is how they would define ‘function’. Sure, the console still turns on and everything but if the most essential (gaming-related) functions are locked behind a Kinect, that’s not exactly a functional console in my book.

  • bldudas

    Is this another one of those listening to customer feedback things?
    Has the Xbox One even gone into manufacturing yet? It couldn’t have.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      XBOX 180 would be a more suitable title, considering how they’ve been handling their decisions lately.

  • sunK1D

    Got no problem with Kinect.

  • Tac-Mex

    Still not buying it, i just don’t trust Microsoft anymore after all what happened.

  • bloodiOS

    So… why are you still selling it with the console? Take it off and drop the price to $399.99!

    • GhostNomad

      While I agree with this, I doubt they’ll go that route. Their whole idea with the bundled Kinect is to make sure that everyone has one (even if they don’t want it) because that way there can be a bigger focus on Kinect-based games.

      The reason why the Kinect failed with the 360 is because it generated little interest, and making GOOD games that require it was a huge risk that no one was willing to take.

      Same can be said about the Move. And even the Vita. While I personally love my Vita and most of the games that have been released for it, it’d be foolish to think it’s a major success.

      Catch-22. No interest, no games. No games, no interest.

      Of course, they CAN sell an Xbone without a Kinect bundled in, but that would mean they’re ‘giving up their vision of the future’, and essentially backpedaling further because of money alone.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Not only that, but the Kinect also failed because it was a piece of junk. Its sensors for detecting movement in a specific location were terrible at best. Move did it a little better, basically building on what the Wiimote and Kinect had already done, but still made it a B rate controller shaped like a vibrating dildo.

        I still don’t know why they think this will catch on. We’re gamers. We don’t want to have to swing our arms around and shit just to play a game. Whoever told you that obviously didn’t know what the hell they were talking about, guys, so just stop already :|

        • GhostNomad

          This article right here needs to be seen by everyone pushing motion controls.

          (By Gematsu’s very own Adam Meadows!)

          • TetsuyaHikari

            I guess I just see it as being more of a novelty than anything, really. You know, like the Track and Field mat for NES. Sure, it was cool back in the day, but I certainly don’t want a multitude of games that can only be enjoyed by jumping over proverbial hurdles.

            I’m just afraid that’s where they’re trying to take some of these games and it’s annoying, really. No, I don’t want to jump in my living room like a fool in order to make the five foot jump in the game with my character. No, I don’t want to swing my arms around to attack the monster in front of me with my sword.

            Nor do I wish to engage in a virtual hug. Just give me my damn traditional controller and I’ll be a happy man. They’ve worked for 30+ years. Now stop trying to “fix” it.

        • Lelouch Vi Britannia

          So true when it comes to bobbing and weaving left and Right the Kinect cant do it.
          Watch AngryJoe’s Sonic Free Riders & Star wars Kinect failed badly.

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Hahaha. Yeah. You can aim the damn thing properly and everything, but it still doesn’t register correctly 100% of the time. Not to mention, what happens if you’re living with others and want to play these games?

            It’s just a lot of unnecessary movement to enjoy a game, honestly. I don’t know about everyone else around here, but I want to be able to just sit down in my chair and relax while playing an RPG. I could be feeling a little tired, but not exactly tired enough to go to bed just yet, however… Certainly not energetic enough to engage in a virtual fight by swinging my arms.

            I can still enjoy the game with the controller or keyboard and mouse since those don’t require as much physical effort as this does.

        • HeatPhoenix

          LMAO WAT

          The implementation of kinect was shitty at best but it’s an impressive piece of hardware. It’s being used all around the world at universities and research institutes because it’s the best cheap motion tracking device with broad support (for PC).

          I agree with your latter point, but the kinect (the hardware) itself is in no way a piece of junk.

          Source: just google kinect + universtiy

          • TetsuyaHikari

            >It’s being used all around the world at universities and research
            institutes because it’s the best cheap motion tracking device with broad
            support (for PC).

            That’s great. It’s still a piece of junk as to me being a gamer. Did you know a PS3 can be used to help find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s?

            What good does that do ME though? It could or couldn’t do that and I wouldn’t care less because as a consumer, I’m buying a console to play games… Much how someone would buy a motion sensing controller to enjoy things that require motion sensing. So yeah, who cares if it can do this, that, or the other?

            It’s still a piece of junk for someone who wants it for what it was specifically DESIGNED for.

            • HeatPhoenix

              That’s not what you were saying, you said it was a piece of junk and that it could not detect motions and people very well.

              This is incorrect, I’m sorry.

              • TetsuyaHikari

                Haha, okay. You’re right. Kinect is a flawless piece of technology that has 100% accuracy when it comes to sensory readings.

                I apologize.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Dropped the ball again, Microsoft. PS4 still has you beat in price because they have a model that doesn’t include the camera, which is good because I’m sure a lot of the users will hardly ever use it for anything anyway (I don’t recall many putting the camera for PS3 to use much). I mean, sure… I guess it’s good for in case you ever decide you want to use it, you’d have it, but honestly?

    I’d rather not pay extra to have it bundled with the console. If I want it later, then I’ll go pick one up when it has more of a use. Otherwise, don’t give me a practically useless device and tell me, “You paid extra for it, but it’s all good, see? You can turn it off. That makes it okay.”

  • Calvin Chikelue

    Man, MS. Stop doing hilarious things.

  • DreamDrop♥

    I mean. 180 guys. 180.

  • b4lmung

    So…. What’s next

    Price drop ?
    don’t require LIVE Gold for unlocking the console features ?

  • carrebeannut

    we are wacthing you, even the kinnect looks off.

  • Zancrow

    The One doesn’t even need electricity to work! It just runs on Microsoft’s good will.

  • MrRobbyM

    This is like a stand-up comedian that’s making no one laugh but keeps telling bad jokes.

  • shogunknight

    After all the kinect hype and mandatory X1 features, now they say its not important. Im so happy for these changes but seriously, the Xbox division is confused and the consoles introduction is a mess. Every week has something bad removed/good added/bad thing changed. Well at least all has been for the better, or is it that the consoles pre order numbers arent high enough for them? Wonder whats next

  • gerald

    It’s about damn time. Looks like I may actually get a Xbone now, eventually, but I was already decided on a PS4 thanks in large part to Xbone’s initial DRM and bad “deal with it” attitude from MS.

    Problem is, MS has done a 180 on so many things now that there’s no way I could trust them not to re-reverse some bad policies once the systems are already sold. I’ll wait at least a year and see what happens.

    • Budgiecat

      ^^^ Group B?

  • MUS1ckBF

    i can’t be the only one thinking they rushed this console to compete with sony they changed all their policies along the way next thing you know next year of Q2 or Q3 we may see a kinectless SKU priced at $399

  • PrinceHeir

    Xbox 180!

    • Pyrofrost

      I just fucking died, LMFAO xD

      You sir, win the internet!

  • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

    So ultimately the console was not designed with mandatory Kinect and 24h online checks in mind. Those restrictions were implemented because MS thought their customers will be good sheep and forgive MS’s hubris. Never have I seen such a lack of vision for a new console releasing in 3 months.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Honestly, I still think MS probably thinks of their consumers as clueless sheep. For example, there are three groups of people right now.

      Group A reads the articles stating they are going back on their policies and proceeds to jump in joy, thinking the nightmare is over and it’s smooth sailing from here

      Group B reads the articles stating they are going back on their policies and understands that Microsoft can just as easily implement their old policies as easily as they have changed them to the new ones with a flip of a switch, per se, and are not convinced they will keep their word

      Group C reads the articles simply for entertainment and lulz, and has no interest one way or another because they’re purchasing a PS4

      Microsoft is going to cash in on Group A because honestly? There are more suckers out there that don’t understand the darker side of these matters than there are people who DO know a company like Microsoft can rake in sales for the first fiscal year, then pull the rug out from under you after they already have your money, screwing you without lube. They basically prey on the uninformed and according to Group A, Microsoft wouldn’t be “lying” if they released the console without the old policies and implemented them later because they DID say they would release the console with these new policies. However, that doesn’t change what they could (and will) probably do in the future (i.e. flip the switch).

      They’ve gone back and forth on their word so much in the past few months, I’d be more willing to trust a drunken monkey at this point. How can they expect people to honestly believe anything they’re saying when they’re first like, “Okay, here’s all what we have planned.”, then follow up with, “Whoa whoa. Wait a minute! We, uhhh… Listened to your feedback, so yeah! We’re changing it all now!” ? One of two things is happening here.

      A. They’re spineless and submitting themselves to the consumer’s demands
      B. They’re tricking their consumers into going back on their original policies so they can rake in quick sales before people realize what’s happening

      Seeing as how this is a major corporation… I can tell you right now, they aren’t spineless. They’re doing this for the money, not “consumer feedback”, that much is certain. If you want to give them your money, guys, that’s fine… Just be sure to make an educated purchase.

      • shogunknight

        Sincerely, i dont know what to make of them. Maybe their pre order sales forecast isnt going up to expectations. And since its not many countries they are releasing it in, then they may have a situation

      • Pyrofrost

        I guess I’m a mixture of group B and C then xD

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Hybrids are acceptable, lol.

          • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

            Haha, guess I’m a hybrid, too then. Honestly, as that (original restrictive system) was their “vision of the future” as Hryb so often emphasized I see all of the policies reinstated once MS have raked in enough sales on their hardcore fans, the early adopters. Things will turn ugly from then on, I guess, even in the USA where they have the most loyal (and forgiving) fan-base.

      • Budgiecat

        They know the majority of people buying won’t be reading these articles. This is just for group C and to appease the media just in case a few happen to learn to read…

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Big brother is watching you.

      • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        Yup I totally agree. I still remember (Angry ) Joe interviewing Hryb (Major Nelson) and suggesting all the 180 stuff (before the backpedaling) could easily be disabled, as MS did in order to somewhat control the damage their clueless PR division and hubris had caused, and Hryb replied: “Are you an engineer, do you know the hardware? Do you know it’s as easy as switching a flip? Don’t you want to go to the future with me, Joe?”

        Now his comments are hilarious. I have no interest in XO, won’t be getting PS4 at launch though, as XO’s launch line-up is better, PS4 will deliver the games further down the line, that’s when I’m buying one. GC next week should reveal a few new games. I was hoping MS could somehow convince me to purchase their console as well, ‘coz some of their exclusives look fun and we still don’t know all of them, but their treatment of their consumer base is way too Apple-like for my liking.
        Curse of the 3rd console I guess. Still looking forward to try the system out at GC but now they have no reason at all not to include Kinect in the basic 500 SKU, as it’s ultimately not required for the system to function after all.

        MS’s goal is for all devs (3rd and 1st party) to utilize Kinect features and develop Kinect games from scratch as each owner has one but now I can imagine loads of the Group A people simply unplugging Kinect completely.
        3rd party devs will hardly develop Kinect specific features (same probably applies to PS4’s touch pad) so in the end Kinect becomes a mandatory useless accessory that inflates the price of the basic SKU.

        I really wanna see how this story’s gonna end for MS. Sony have learned from their mistakes and produced an awesome gamer/developer-focused console whereas MS tried to be Apple and failed hilariously. I still imagine XO to sell better in the States because it’s made by an ‘Merican company but PS4 should effortlessly wipe the floor with XO in world-wide sales.

    • Pyrofrost

      I would say that they did design it with a few levels of restrictions in mind. Otherwise it wouldn’t be calling for a firmware update after release to fix a lot of this.

      What I sympathize about most of all for future Xbox One owners, is the fact that this stuff could be updated right back in at any time.
      I honestly don’t have trust for a company like MS, especially with the history it has.

  • Martian Wong

    Microsoft is this despair to redeem themselves….

  • rockman29

    Yep, said it from the beginning too.

    The good thing about all the BS MS spewed before meant that they could spent MONTHS correcting it and getting news stories out of the media.

    And the media will play into it writing an Xbone story everyday until the release.

    • shogunknight

      Of course, its their job to do so for all consoles. MS also has the $$$$ to make corrections to the console as fast as possible. Wonder whats going on in their HQ with all the win8 and X1 problems

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    At this point I don’t even know what to think anymore. I want to feel bad for them but they put themselves in this situation.

    • Zackasaur

      They deserve no pity. lol

    • epy

      Don’t. Remember what they wanted to do. If Sony had followed suit, the future of console gaming would have been grim.

      • Simmsville

        “The future of console gaming would have been grim?”
        You mean the future of console gaming wouldn’t have been justifiable as your hobby anymore?
        If everyone would have done it (which they will, in the future) then it’s either you put up with it or stop gaming.
        It’s like when you had only ever bought CD’s, and then suddenly ITunes came along. Did you stop listening to music?

        • Bryce Blalex Douglas

          Most of us who had a problem with the Xbox One don’t have a problem with a digital age. We had a problem with the fact that we’re not ready for a digital only console yet and we don’t want to have to deal with all the negatives that come with digital only.

          • Zero

            True. At the same time, Microsoft failed miserably in terms of explaining what would be good about the move to digital.

            In fact, I’m not sure they ever made an attempt to explain to possible customers – this is what you get in return for sacrificing this, and this is what you get in return for sacrificing that.

            Which is one of the key reasons the internet was pissed. When you look at other digital only gaming choices, of course, I’m mainly referring to Steam here.

            It wasn’t obvious right away with Steam, but Valve didn’t announce Steam alongside a list of policies and rules that seemingly ignored the customer.

            Today, when you look at Steam, it’s obvious what you get in return for what you sacrifice. With that said, it still isn’t perfect.

            The two primary weakness I can think of are lack of rentals, and, of course, no physical media.

            It’s also worth mentioning that despite all the improvements, PC gaming, which is mostly all digital these days, is still far more complicated than console gaming.

            The simplicity of console gaming is very important. It always has been, and I believe it always will be.

            With all the policies and such. The XB1 didn’t sound like it was going to be easy to use, it didn’t sound like it was going to benefit the customer.

            I know that Microsoft never intended it to play out that way, but they only have themselves to blame.

            They constantly said the wrong thing, pissed people off, let negative rumors run wild, etc.

            When people say the XB1 hate was unfair, they have to consider all the factors, because, once they do, I think it makes complete sense as to why the majority reacted the way they did.

            • Bryce Blalex Douglas

              Origin etxI agree with this completely. While Steam isn’t perfect the great thing was that there was other avenues to get PC games. Some of them even DRM free (can’t think of the name of the service right now). With the X1 we was giving up all the freedom of the console market for a closed system Microsoft only run market. That’s where the biggest problem lied. Microsoft had the potential to do anything they wanted with no matter how anti-consumer it was and no one could stop them. Atleasr ifyou hate Steam you could shop on the devs website to by the game or Origin etc.

              I do believe we’ll see the digital age eventually but only when we’re ready. Microsoft’s problem was they tried to shove it down our throats and got upset when we didn’t want it

  • CosmicNova

    So WTF is the Xbox One now? With all this backpedaling, it sure isn’t the console MS visioned are wanted it to be.

    • Acidicsam

      People didn’t want to buy the console MS visioned, so they are making the console people want to buy.

      • Zackasaur

        It’s not as evil as it used to be, but it’s definitely not something I want to buy, for many reasons.

        The reason they’ve -added- since the 180 moves is that they have no sense of vision for now. Their long-term vision is still committed to the same DRM (as they’ve publicly stated). They just decided the time is too soon.

        • DrForbidden

          My idea is pretty much this. Thanks for putting it into words.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Let me just click that upvote button here.

        • Elvick

          And since they’re taking away the DRM via a day one patch, they can slowly roll it back into the system when the “time is right”.

          Like after people have invested enough money into the Xbox One to not be able to justify switching to PS4.

      • Budgiecat

        I think they should just cancel it, destroy all the hardware and donate all their money to Sony and Nintendo and me and you and everyone here at Gematsu

        • Warboss Aohd

          that is actually bad for us.

          We need all 3 consoles present, as they will try to out compete each other, if 1 was clearly superior at all, they can proceed to screw us over with the knowledge that we don’t have much choice but to go to them.

          • Pyrofrost

            Not really.

            Two consoles can compete, imo. Nintendo just needs to become as aggressive with its console as it is with its portable.
            Imo, 3 consoles is just a bit crowded; not over crowed, just crowded. I like 2 major competing consoles best, and I can deal with 3; however, four would just be too much, lol.

            • DrForbidden

              I don’t agree. I think that competition should have more competitors, not less. 2 competitors would be insufficient, IMO. It would be like if the cellphone market. Apple or Samsung? Samsung or Apple? What if I despise both companies? We need more choices, not less.

              • Budgiecat

                You don’t remember when there was nothing but Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis When I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this
                50 inch screen, money green leather sofa
                Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur

                • MosquitoLemon

                  See this is my point. There were PC games back then, but if you were into console games then you didn’t really take PCs into account. Now everything has to be a PC.

                  Never in a million years would I imagine video game forums where PC fanatics would try to convince console gamers that consoles are crappy old tech – and that they would actually have a point :

                • DrForbidden

                  I remember, but that’s besides the point. Growth and competition come side-by-side, for the most part. Even if there was less competition in the previous generations, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have more with each new generation.

              • Pyrofrost

                I was speaking more in terms of software exclusives I want being spread across multiple platforms. I am a big fan of exclusives, because they generally maximize the use of the hardware.

                Two consoles and a PC is really easy for me to manage; and for the most part, neither of the two consoles becomes nothing more than a house ornament.
                When a third one gets added in; one of them generally gets a couple of titles I would kill to have. Aside from that, it just sits and collects dust.
                Three prime examples are the N64 during the PSone, Saturn, and N64 gen; the XBox during the Gamecube, XBox, and PS2 gen; and the XBox360 during the Wii, PS3, and XBox360 gen.

                • DrForbidden

                  Oh, I see what you mean. I get that, but then I guess most people just own one console, and have to choose which one to buy. In that situation, competition means they will have more choices before they make the commitment, and that drives the manufacturers and developers to do their best to offer a product that best appeal to consumers.

            • Warboss Aohd

              the more competition, the more they have to give us for each dollar spent to be successful.

              • Pyrofrost

                My response to your post is in my response to DrForbidden.

                • Warboss Aohd


          • Budgiecat

            What are you talking about you and I would be rich we could get all the big booty strippers we want..

          • MosquitoLemon

            Errr…. what? That’s pretty much how gaming was before the original XBox. And honestly, the only the the XBox brought to console gaming was the idea that we need to be able to play PC games on everything. I would be perfectly fine with going back to the distinction between console and PC gaming.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          It’s funny. They should all have something going for them, but they don’t. I don’t agree with Nintendo’s choices for the Wii U or even the 3DS for that matter, but they have a plan at least. Nintendo sells you on an idea rather than an execution. Innovation can be quite the substitute for substance when it needs to be.

          Sony is selling people on hardware/power. It’s basically the black guy telling everybody how big his **** is and we’re all flocking to his front yard for the milkshake like thirsty *****es (I don’t even… Stereotype much? Maybe you still get my point XD)

          What is Microsoft trying to sell us on? Hardware? Lol no. Ideas? Nope.

          They’re just the third wheel this time because from all of these constant updates in the media about them changing their minds, it’s making them look like a bunch of blubbering idiots. Would YOU trust a blubbering idiot with your money? I sure wouldn’t, lol.

          EDIT: I better censor this for the sake of Sal and/or Zero, haha.

          • Pekola

            Consumers want the P…

            The PS4.

      • DarthNemesis

        Well the console people want to buy is the PS4 …and I will stick with that. No need to buy the unoriginal generic and bland XboxOne.

  • Pyrofrost

    Any time I see the Kinect, I’m reminded of this xD

  • tubers

    I suggest waiting for the new and cheaper SKU without Kinect 2.0 to be released a few months after Xbox One launch.

    Also known as the Xbox One-Eighty!

    Cheaper with less bricks in the box!

  • Ace

    Well then…

  • LordKaiser

    The comments on IGN are the opposite of here lol. Everyone there is defending Xbox One to the death and also rumblejoy website if that’s how it’s called.

    Regardless I like that Microsoft is Turning their Xbox 1 into a PS4 but.. It’s too late. PS4 is the most attractive choice by now and for the price.

    Their next move will be to remove the kinect from the box and equalize the price to the PS4.

    • TetsuyaHikari


    • Elvick

      I noticed that. It’s pretty funny that they just write off anyone that didn’t like the Xbox One’s original policies as “ignorant”.

      If MS really felt that the original vision was game changing, they would have stuck with it.

  • kiri25

    I’ve noticed a few comments about how if ms were to cancel the xbone it be a bad thing. However I can’t say this is a100% true seeing as the ps2 had 0 competition during its life cycle.

    The only thing that I see that might have any impact is the launching of a new system with no competition, as the system could be priced at any price. However even this I think would be slim as ppl won’t buy if too much.

    I seriously doubt tho that if ms canceled the xbone it would effect the quality of games seeing as the ps2 had so many great exclusive despite the fact they didnt have to reamuch I much since they had no real compition. This also why the ps2 had so many 3rd parties exclusives.

    More evidence of this can also be found in the handheld market. Nintendo had and still does own this market, but before Sony they really had no competition, yet the grew into the gaunt they are today and still offer great products.

    I will also point out since ppl keep attacking the vita and say Sony is not supporting it, look at the psp and ps3. If u look at both of these devices u will see that they both started off slow but over time they gained a massive collection of games.

  • Elvick

    I’m blown away by how much vision Microsoft has for the Xbox One!

    Cancelling my PS4 for the Xbox One immediately, how could you not? This console has such passion behind it!

    • LordKaiser

      Sarcasm don’t work well on the internet….

      • Elvick

        Eh. It’s pretty obvious to me here.

        So I don’t feel bad if people miss it. It just makes me sad for them.

  • fyi1191

    Can we not have the Kinect bundle after all that talk?

  • Serovath

    i can already see their next move…. xbox one @ 399, same as ps4 price, without the kinect sensor.

    ms made a fool of themselves this time really… almost every restriction they implemented they now got rid of… at this point is their just want sales.

    but good for those who are getting an xbox one is suppose.

  • Learii

    too much change so no thx lol
    next they will change the price then after that they change live gold features then they change xbox one being cloud stuffs so on….

  • Ritsujun


  • Simmsville

    So people are now whinging that Microsoft made all these changes, when they demanded all this change? Sweet.
    Kinect has always been able to be turned off with the Xbox One.. that fact hasn’t changed.

    • Elvick

      Um… no.

      The Kinect hasn’t always been “able to turn off” since it was ALWAYS listening for “Xbox”. Thus, always on. Waiting. Like the perv who watches you undress.

      Second, if MS wants to claim that these are so “game changing” features, then they should have had the confidence that that would speak for itself in the long run.

      But they know nothing they were doing was game changing for the better, which is why they ditched it all.

      They were forced in a corner and only made changes to survive, not because they feel passionately that these new changes are the right ones.

  • EspadaKiller

    It’s good that Microsoft is making a 180 degrees change, but still the price is turning me off. And I would only have time for a new console on the launch day anyway.

    Would probably consider the Xbox One in the near future. But as for now, PS4 would be my first choice.

  • Pekola

    I don’t see the appeal for an Xbox One, besides exclusives. I mean, the PS4 isn’t exactly innovative, but it’s main draw is basically building from what they already have and more power.

    The Xbox one isn’t as powerful. It’s not gonna have a more diverse library (unless they somehow get A LOT of support from Japanese third parties, but really now?), it has a more restrictive paywall. It costs more than the competition.

    I really want to see the sales tally once both consoles finally come out, but I have the suspicion that the PS4 will curb-stomp the Xbox One.

  • Aldridge517

    I think all these changes are for the best, it just doesn’t look good that they have to be made in response to public outcry.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Im done with Xbox after X360. In fact I’m buying a PS4 next year and if my prediction is spot on FFXV will release later next year.
    Im part of group C. Long live Japanese Video game companies

  • windrincar

    Next: “You don’t need Xbox One to play Xbox One Games”

  • Kurisu Makise

    This is good news, this was one of the hurdles blocking any sort of purchase in my case. Now I just need to see what other exclusives they’ll have and probably a price cut to $399, that really was the sweet spot.

  • Brotato Chip

    so…we basically have a shinier xbox 360 now