Earlier today, Xbox VP Marc Whitten has reversed yet another policy about the upcoming Xbox One. Despite previous announcements at E3, it will now be possible to operate the console without a Kinect plugged in. The joyous news to every operator of a fighting tournament and resident of Japan comes just months after several other major policy reversals, including the removal of the system’s always online requirement, the acceptance of used games on the platform, and game installs no longer being necessary.
Perhaps the only standing part of Microsoft’s E3 policy that is left standing at this point is the price, which is still $100 more than Sony’s competing PS4. It will be interesting to see whether this does anything to calm that masses that the prior policy reversals haven’t already done, of if we can expect a price drop and a bundle that doesn’t include Kinect before November.
Alex Santa Maria
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