I mean, is Xbox not working without the Kinect, which is something that will be packaged with all consoles, really that big of a deal? It isn't to me at least because I mainly play games but you may be different. I watch Hulu and Netflix on occassion and will probably hook up my TV cable to it just for the hell of it, but it doesn't seem like that much of a hassle. The new Kinect can supposedly detect fucking eye movement, it should be safe to assume that it's satisfactory when used in rooms of all sizes.
Lets say that you loose/break yours or something similar. You can't run to the store to buy another one. I just think that they went in a wrong direction.
That's a valid point. It would be hard to lose if it was just sitting on top of your xbox but it breaking is a different story. I am 85% sure that people (IGN) are taking the quote from Harvey out of context though, which IGN is known for doing. "The Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One at all times, yes." shouldn't immediately translate to "The Xbox One will NOT function without the Kinect" as a lot of sites are saying. I'm waiting to see and elaboration at E3, but the fact that they ship them out with every console does support that thought. If that's the case, then replacement Kinects should be free via Best Buy or Xbox Support. If they are anywhere over $30 that's a bit ridiculous. And if Microsoft is bold enough to make this drastic change, then the Kinect, and Xbox One, should be very durable and be able to withstand a good amount of shock damage. Idk, I'm just spitballing around, but I will be getting it at launch and will be sure to come back to this thread and tell you if I can indeed play and watch stuff on my xbox without gesturing or voice commands haha.
Plus, Microsoft is supposed to be releasing 3 different Xbox's this year and early 2014 I thought? Xbox One, a separate Xbox that only serves one function (entertainment/gaming?), and a redesigned 360 for $100. If this is still true then the "one-function" xbox could be a gaming console that doesn't require kinect and would be less expensive.