Originally Posted by Jeremy Anderson
No... the whole world gets Xbox 360 Mark 2 instead of the system Microsoft designed for release. But I guess if that's all you wanted from next gen...
The Xbox "designed for release" died long, long ago; lost in the deluge of changes made already. I don't personally know of a single person that's interested in the Kinect. Not one. If MS had given us a next-gen console focused on games without it, things would have definitely turned out much differently. No complaints, save for DRM issue. No mass exodus from Xbox to Sony. No problem with foreigners. Nearly every negative post or statement ever made about the One is a result of the Kinect, either directly or indirectly:
Always on - Just so you don't have to push a button? Really?
No headset - MS wanted your friends to hear all your kids screaming, gamers decided otherwise, MS reversed and gave us a $4 headset
Privacy invasion - No camera, no problem
Cost - Make the console without the Kinect and MS could underprice Sony easily (if the Kinect does actually cost as much as the console itself)
Convenience of location - Those with true HTs are screwed without an extension cable
Honestly, the Kinect is the worst thing to happen in the history of gaming, imo. Maybe someone high at MS had a wife that loved yoga and threatened divorce if it didn't continue. Or somebody had a kid that was addicted to Kinectimals. Or maybe...who knows. It's just odd to me that MS put so much money, faith, and risk into some gimmicky device that forcing it down the throats of 78% of the population that has zero interest in it is the only "answer" they could think of. If MS wants to gamble with new things or ideas, more power to them, but consumers shouldn't have to pay for their failures one way or another.