Starting in June, the Xbox One will be available without the Kinect, enabling Microsoft to sell the console at a cheaper price point. It's a controversial move that many were hoping Microsoft would eventually make — which also means it's a move that plenty of people have opinions on.
Overall, reactions mostly fall in a few camps: snark, disappointment (all the Kinect believers are coming out of the woodwork) and curiosity over what a Kinect-free console means for the future of the console after Microsoft initially made such a big deal about how it was going to be mandatory. A few folks even seem straight up angry or wronged, but they're a minority, as far as I can tell.
Let's take a look at what people around the web are saying about the Kinect news, shall we?
— Dan Marshall (@danthat) May 13, 2014
It was never about digging up Atari carts—Microsoft just needed space for their own plastic albatross. Kinect the dots, sheeple!
— Andrew Vestal (@avestal) May 13, 2014
how cool would it be to bring in your kinect to @GameStop for a 100 dollar instore credit for some new games. business, synergy make it so!
— #LOVE2014 (@F1sT) May 13, 2014
Now that Xbone has dropped the stupid Kinect, I may consider getting that console if its games are interesting.
— Warm Coke (@Isuimanim) May 13, 2014
As someone who sees value in the Kinect long-term, there was no compelling 1st-year case made with software explaining the $499 price
— Adam Sessler (@AdamSessler) May 13, 2014
Kinectless Xbox one?..... Isn't the point of having the Xbox one for the Kinect and shit? >.<
— JKG ♥ RAG (@TheFlirtXO) May 13, 2014
Hold tight, my little Milo, soon Kinect will be with you too and you can both finally rest in peace together.
— petermolydeux (@PeterMolydeux) May 13, 2014
apparently the new batmobile doesn't come with kinect
— Blair (@mynameisblair) May 13, 2014
Can't wait to see what Microsoft unannounces at E3 this year
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 13, 2014
MS does exactly what everyone asks, and people still shit on them for dumping Kinect...even though no one wanted it in the first place.
— Ian (@TheGodofRawr) May 13, 2014
The Kinect does not need the things that Microsoft makes. It needs to embrace the weird bullshit that made the Oculus an odd gaming darling.
— Chris Person (@Papapishu) May 13, 2014
Wow all the kinect games in development seem kind of screwed over
— Chris 'Pat Lee' Ho (@Vangelus) May 13, 2014
— johntdrake (@johntdrake) May 13, 2014
Now that we have a Kinect-less Xbox One, I wonder if its sales performance will influence Nintendo in to having a Gamepad-less Wii U option.
— Georgie BoysAXE (@GeorgieBoysAXE) May 13, 2014
I use the Kinect voice stuff every day. I really wouldn't want an #XboxOne without it.
— Joshua Doan (@joshuadoan) May 13, 2014
*throws Kinect in the trash* *turns around and finds Kinect camera back on the TV stand where it was before* *Kinect slowly turns and nods*
— Alex Navarro (@alex_navarro) May 13, 2014
Isn't removing the Kinect kind of wrong? Wasn't the console designed around it?
— Shane Luis (@RerezTV) May 13, 2014
I just wonder how much of the system's architecture has been built around stuff like TV and Kinect. Time will tell.
— Matt Lees (@Jam_sponge) May 13, 2014
With the news of a Kinect-less Xbox One, I drew this to mark the occasion. pic.twitter.com/R9CNmAIqPT
— Ｚａｙｎｅ (@dedhedzed) May 13, 2014
Xbox One without Kinect will not respond to voice commands, as opposed to with Kinect when it only usually didn’t respond to voice commands
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) May 13, 2014
congratulations to videogame stores, now you're gonna get a whole new seperate pile of xbones you can't sell
— A Burly Hedgehog (@PrototypeCube) May 13, 2014
Twitter Nov 2013: "Why do they force me to buy Kinect?! Fail!" Twitter today: "Xbox One without Kinect?! Fail!"
— Jeff Cannata (@jeffcannata) May 13, 2014
*bursts into meeting room door, stumbles into standing position, adjusts tie* THE XBOX JUST GOT DISKINECTED
— Julian Williams (@theMirai) May 13, 2014
Just passed a dude on Polk Street with his dick just hanging out of his pants. Folks are dealing with this Xbox news in some strange ways.
— Marty Sliva (@McBiggitty) May 13, 2014
I'm willing to bet that Microsoft will unveil a new UI for the Xbox One at E3 since it's horrible without Kinect. Hence the June 9th release
— Nick McCandless (@NickMcCandless) May 13, 2014
I still think Kinect was a really great idea somewhere down the line and maybe in an alt.universe there’s cool people making cool stuff.
— Rob (@retroremakes) May 13, 2014
Well then. We WERE interested in doing a Kinect game.
— Phil Tibitoski (@PTibz) May 13, 2014
MS also just shafted those of us with gamertags designed to make people turn off their machines mid game. RIP "eXbox Sigh Now"
— Justin Kranzl (@Kranzl) May 13, 2014
I wonder if Microsoft will also finally bring auto sign-in on Xbox One cause you can't do that unless you use Kinect
— Wario64 (@Wario64) May 13, 2014
Xbox One without Kinect. Thank God. Finally!
— Charles Dalton (@FilmCharles) May 13, 2014
Kinect is a nice gimmick but that's it. People want to play games at the end of the day. Voice commands and stuff like that are superfluous.
— Tony Polanco (@Romudeth) May 13, 2014
Everyone gloating about the Kinect thing ought to play Fantasia, the most interesting AAA game I've played this year.
— Ste Curran (@steishere) May 13, 2014
I still love my kinect #xboxfitness
— Wackybar (@Wackybar) May 13, 2014
Microsoft: Where things are absolutely, positively required & are fundamental to your enjoyment of their services until they're suddenly not
— Chris Franklin (@Campster) May 13, 2014
You're being pretty churlish if you're digging at MS for an about-face on Kinect. The market spoke and they responded.
— Justin Kranzl (@Kranzl) May 13, 2014
The only E3 promise left for Microsoft to backpedal on now is the actual existence of the Xbox One.
— mAtt (@toythatkills) May 13, 2014
Funny how the most sought after accessory for the PS4 is the camera that nobody is supposed to want.
— Gus Mastrapa (@Triphibian) May 13, 2014
Over at neoGAF, people seemed to generally be happy with the news:
And we can't forget about YouTube:
What about you, how did you react to the Kinect-free Xbox news?