According to The Escapist Magazine, Microsoft will not be rewarding early adopters of the Xbox One following the removal of Kinect and a $100 price drop.

Some early adopters of the Xbox One have taken to the internet to complain that they paid an extra $100 for a Kinect Sensor that they didn’t want, and are calling for compensation from Microsoft. Microsoft’s response to possible compensation is simple:

No. As with many first generation products, the offerings can be expected to change and evolve over time. Kinect remains an integral part of our vision. Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV and entertainment come alive with premium experiences.

Honestly, I think this is completely fair. As with all significant technology launches, early adoption is always a risk. You will always pay a higher price than people who purchase the product later, and the company owes you nothing if they make changes. If you wanted a lower price and no Kinect, you shouldn’t have purchased an Xbox One at launch. The same can be said for PlayStation 4.

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  1. If Microsoft never insisted that the Xbox One would never EVER be available without the Kinect as they are “one in the same” as quoted then it would be fair to expect early adopters to suck it up. However, since Microsoft made it clear several times over that it was simply impossible to sell an Xbox One without a Kinect they are responsible for false advertising. People have a right to complain because its not a matter of things changing or evolving, they down right lied by telling everyone it was impossible and simply will never happen.

    1. Yeah, it’s too bad that Microsoft never said it was impossible to sell the Xbox One without the Kinect. What they said was a Kinect-less Xbox One was not the vision for their product and therefore was not a path they wanted to pursue. Personally, I don’t understand all the controversy to begin with. I don’t do motion gaming, but the voice commands and gesture commands are one of the biggest reasons my Xbox One sees more attention than my PS4.

      At the end of the day, “gamers” are nothing more than self entitled pricks. They assume that these products were made to please them and that Microsoft/Sony have to cater to their every desire. I think whoever owns an Xbox One and claims they were cheated out of $100 because of the Kinect doesn’t deserve to purchase any console, because clearly they don’t understand how technology, trends, consumerism, and the gaming community work.

      1. Wrong, go back and fact check yourself. Microsoft has repeatedly stated there would never be an option to go kinectless. You pro Microsoft trolls really possible me off. It’s not a matter of entitlement but a matter of this being one more time in a long chain of bullshit given to xbox customers.

      2. I think the biggest problem with this is that the majority of those who bought a XboxOne (without wanting a kinect) are die-hard Xbox fans. You see, even if they could have bought a PS4, they still chose to pay more for their “loyalty”.

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