If you’re planning on picking up an Xbox One sometime soon, your system might very well look like the one above – a slick black controller and a glossy box, but no camera to be found.
Microsoft announced today something many fans have been waiting for: An Xbox One with no Kinect, along with the appropriate price drop.
— Xbox (@Xbox) May 13, 2014
Weirdly, despite the tweet and accompanying image stating that the Xbox One is available “now,” the official site says “Available June 9th,” the day of Microsoft’s E3 press conference.
This has been a long time coming. Initially, it seemed as is Microsoft would hold fast to the Kinect, as it is a strong part of the initial vision of the system. Further, getting developers to make Kinect games when the Xbox might not have a Kinect is going to be difficult. Despite the millions of Xbox Ones with Kinects, we still haven’t seen much in the way of Kinect games announced, certainly nothing that could sell a console.
With the focus on games at this year’s E3, it’s not surprising that Microsoft announced this before instead of during E3, but we’re surprised to see it so soon. Not that we’re complaining.