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A Silly DisKinect with Xbox One Bundles

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 10:42 am by Justin Cavender

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Microsoft is about to unleash the first of three new Xbox One bundles beginning with Madden 15 on August 26. These bundles will come with different games, but still have one thing in common–the absence of the Kinect sensor. Taking away the Kinect is probably the right thing to do from a business standpoint. By eliminating the device from the bundle, Microsoft is able to level the playing field against their biggest competition, the PS4. It’s just good business…

As gamers we have to ask ourselves “do I need the Kinect?” The Answer? No. Will it ultimately enhance your gameplay experience? Absolutely. I never considered myself an advocate for the Kinect, but not once have I ever gone a day without using it. At first I thought it was neat, perhaps a little gimmicky. Then I came to rely on saying commands to access games or apps. Soon I was shouting out “Xbox, record that!” or “Xbox, go to Titanfall.” Obviously, I can’t comment on the ease of recording without the the Kinect, as I have yet to disconnect mine.

When it’s all said and done the consumer wants to have a choice in the matter. Forcing gamers to purchase the Kinect and paying a $100 more than Sony’s PS4 might sound ridiculous on paper. However, it’s worth noting the PS4 camera ($59.99) was in short supply during the first six months of the PS4 launch, resulting in some retailers including GameStop to hike up the price. So what does that say? We don’t want the camera included with the console, but we are willing to pay extra if we can’t get our hands on it? Honestly, I could argue for days on the silliness of we gamers, but I’ll save that for another day.

Microsoft definitely wants you to get your hands on an Xbox One and serving up limited edition bundles with free games is a step in the right direction.

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