By Wesley Yin-Poole Published Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Microsoft has insisted it has no intention of selling Xbox One without Kinect.
It is thought that without the new Kinect, which lets players control games and navigate the Xbox One user interface with voice recognition and motion, the Xbox One would be considerably cheaper, but Microsoft has so far resisted calls from some quarters to sell a version of its next-gen console without the sensor.
Speaking with Eurogamer yesterday ahead of the announcement of the first Xbox One price cut, Xbox UK marketing chief Harvey Eagle said Microsoft was sticking with Kinect because the company feels it's "integral to the Xbox One experience".
"[A Kinect-less Xbox One] is not in our plans at all," he stressed.
"As we've said from the very beginning, we believe Kinect is an absolutely integral part of the Xbox One experience."
Eagle pointed to Xbox One's Upload Studio, which lets players record, edit and publish game clips to Xbox Live, as an example of how Kinect is, in his words, integral to the Xbox One.
"Look at all the thousands and thousands of game clips that have been posted by gamers to Upload Studio, of their gaming highlights, captured by speaking the words 'Xbox record that', which has already become part of Xbox vocabulary," Eagle said.
"It's a really great example of how Kinect makes the experience on Xbox One even better."