This guy says you can play games and watch entertainment without the Kinect so why doesn't MS offer a sku without Kinect? Obviously theyre passing the cost onto the consumer because they dont have confidence in Kinect selling enough as a standalone to recoup their money. If the Kinect isnt needed and therefore not an integral or essential part of the console then theres no justifiable reason to force it on your customers at $100 extra.
Now I ask why this is such a bad thing. Microsoft made a choice that would differentiate it from the competition and felt comfortable charging a premium for such capability. That alone is the justification.
EDIT: I just realized that I'm still considered a newbie here and have been keeping up with this forum since before the announcement of the ps3 or 360. Just thought that was funny.
Good video. Still not convinced about Kinect but maybe my mind can be changed.
lol, change the "xbox" word with "facebook", that video still applies.
Oh but wait, the Kinect can be a REMOTE CONTROL AND CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Wow a $150 remote control, what a ****ing steal! Oh wait, 99% of the world doesn't have that functionality and not even every US cable provider does it.
Lower the price $100 and throw in Kinect for free or GTFO.
I think you're giving MS too much credit when you mention their "vision". As I see it they are pretty confident about kinect. They are expecting to buy over the casual market with it.
But they're over-selling.
[Bundling kinect with One] won't affect their sales for the first year. The die-hard fans are either gonna embrace the kinect OR swallow the bitter pill. What's happening is that regular gamers are having second thoughts and jumping the fence, and along with the regular gamers comes the casuals. This is what it's about. Microsoft are trying to prevent mass evacuation of the xbox.
Back to their vision. Once that one year has passed and they have their share of the regular gamers and loyal fan-base, their betting on that publishers will be forced to see that people want kinect games. Thus, creating the circle, which Kyle Bosman so aptly explained on his show ;)
I used to think Nintendo made the most stupid decision in console gaming history with the Wii U. Seemed obvious to me that the system was going to fail because Nintendo turned their back on everything that made the Wii popular.
Now I think MS has made an equally, if not more stupid decision with the Xbox One. Like Nintendo, MS seems to have turned their back on everything that made people like the Xbox 360, namely the games and Xbox Live. Now the games seems more of an afterthought with the primary focus on watching streaming video, social networking, and using voice and gesture commands to control it.
$100 more than the competition but that extra money doesn't translate into better gaming. I honestly don't see how the Xbox One can end up as anything other than a commercial failure.
I'm not buying one, and I'm one of the very few people who had both the original Xbox and the 360 on launch day.
They said 'shrinkwrape license'. .. .no thanks , they just want to grab the market and strangle the life out of it.
I'm done with them. There are MORE options than ever to game on, my second system will GREATLY expand my options, with either a Wii U or an Android platform, or if Apple ever makes Apple TV into something more akin to the new Android gaming systems or just one of those. Heck, after all of this I may just open my OUYA and use it!
I would believe it more if they don't reverse another policy lol
MS should have stuck to their drm console. I would have loved to see how it performed once it actually got to the market.
The reaction around here is like MS is holding a gun to every gamers head and forcing them to buy the One. If people aren't happy with Kinect being packaged with it, they can simply not buy it.
There are are obviously a lot of gamers out there that have no problem paying $500 for it.
It's like Chevy owners complaining that Ford charges too much for their cars. Why do they care? Why do people with no intention of buying the One complain about the price?
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I love the idea of the IR blaster, certainly an ace in the hole form a marketing point of view. Not something Sony will be able to integrate easily either.
While die hards will go "eww" at Kinect, you show this to the average joe consumer, show them that they can turn the volume up or down, change channel turn their friggin AC on and off with this all from voice? Sold.
I hate when companies say built for the future with reversed policies or glitchy hardware and software *not saying MS but companies in general. Come out first and a couple of months before ANY company comes out with this claim.