Recently, we learned that the Kinect did not have to be plugged into the Xbox One in order for the entertainment console to work. Now, according to a new report, the Kinect is a part of the Xbox One and you simply cannot disregard it completely.
"Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem," Microsoft's Corporate VP Phil Harrison stated recently. The Xbox One will indeed come with a Kinect.
Microsoft has no plans on releasing an Xbox One console by itself. Instead, Microsoft "believes" in the Kinect and will be offering it with the Xbox One entertainment console in November for a price tag of $499. Those wishing to purchase the Xbox One by itself should not keep their hopes up.
"We have no plans to introduce an Xbox One without Kinect. We believe in Kinect and the value it brings to both games and entertainment, and believe $499 is a great value for what consumers receive with their Xbox One," a Microsoft representative stated back in July.
Keep in mind that the Xbox One will still work if the Kinect isn't plugged in. However, you will be limited on features and experiences that explicitly use the Kinect sensor. The idea of having a cheaper Xbox One console, preferably without a Kinect, has officially gone out the door.