Well done, games industry. We have another major piece of news two weeks running! This is going to be a short blog as ultimately my opinion on this story can be summed up in one word: Yay! However, for those who don’t know, Microsoft today announced that they will sell a version of the Xbox One without the Kinect and as such will drop the price to $399 from its previous $499. The Kinect itself will be sold on its own, should you want it later, and this brings the console on even ground with the PlayStation 4, which has been dominating it in sales. Microsoft also announced that its promotional sales and free games program, called Sales with Gold and Games with Gold respectively, will be making its way onto the Xbox One and apps like Netflix and Twitch will no longer require Xbox Live Gold.
All I can say is way to go, Phil Spencer, for going for the jugular. This has solved several problems the Xbox One has had in a way that doesn’t punish the consumer (except for maybe early adopters). The Kinect has been something that aside from entertainment apps and sheer novelty has been unnecessary to the Xbox One experience. In fact, when I went to my friend Rick’s house once and his cousin had brought his Xbox One, the Kinect just didn’t respond. He just used his controller for everything. The sad truth is that the Kinect just doesn’t work well and isn’t adding anything to the gaming experience. At this point, in terms of gaming, the only thing you would want the Kinect for is to stream on Twitch, which is cool but is definitely something that should be optional. Oh and the Games with Gold and apps thing is just icing on the cake.
So what do you think about this new Kinect-less Xbox One? Do you say good riddance or are you disappointed? Let me know in the comment section below and be sure to check out my personal blog, Colorwind’s Think Tank, for more gaming stuff such as blogs, my weekly article My Gaming Landscape, and lets play videos, as well as stuff on movies, music and more.