Oh god. Did I really title this article that? I did. Let’s move on. Please, as fast as possible. Since the Xbox One was unveiled, Microsoft has been performing this seemingly unending dance of going back on intended features of the system. First it had this restrictive DRM policy for disc-based games, but would have unprecedented digital sharing potential. Also it needed a Kinect, which was always on, watching…judging. Also with the way the internet reacted to the initial offering of the XONE, I assume it also devoured your first child whole, giving Don Mattrick its vitality.
Microsoft listened to their consumers though. They got rid of the DRM stuff in a day one patch, made it so you could unplug the Kinect, and hide it away from the NSA, and I assume the console no longer eats babies (I don’t know, I don’t own one). However, the price of the console was still $499.99, compared to the PS4’s $399.99. It has long been assumed the price difference was because of the cost of a Kinect, and the baby-devouring tech. At least one of those theories has been proven correct as Microsoft has announced today that a new SKU for the XONE will be coming this June, in the form of a Kinect-less console, for $399.99. This change will no doubt make it easier for people to choose an XONE, especially if they didn’t like the idea of a Kinect mocking their clothing choices. At the same time, I have to imagine this infuriates game devs who have been working on Kinect games, as now 100% of the install base won’t necessarily have a Kinect. Continue Reading