Microsoft revealed yesterday that they would be changing their plans and removing many of the Xbox One’s restrictions. There were still some lingering questions regarding other aspects of the console though. Today Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten cleared up the details regarding the Xbox One’s price and Kinect integration.
On the matter the $499 price tag, Whitten says that they feel it’s a good value for costumers so it’s not going to change.
“We really believe deeply in the value that we’re delivering. Not just for the first day of launch, which we think is going to be amazing, with amazing games and entertainment experiences, but what this architecture can deliver over the long term.” said Whitten. “We feel good about our price.”
When asked about the idea of removing the new Kinect from the package in order to lower the overall cost of the Xbox One, Whitten reiterated Microsoft’s commitment to the device.
“We still absolutely believe in Kinect. It’s a core part of the architecture. Frankly, it’s really critical that you build it as something that’s always there, always part of the platform. So that game creators, experience creators can know they can rely on it. And you, the user, that there’s always a consistent experience. That it’s not just an accessory.”
Other features like sharing games with up to 10 family members have been axed however, according to Whitten. He made it clear by stating that, “We won’t be delivering that.” But tapping into the power of the cloud will remain a vital feature adding that, “Our vision around Xbox One and what you can do because of the power of both the architecture of the console, and also the cloud and the Xbox Live service, remains unchanged.”
It will be interesting to see how the Xbox One fares in November now that it has dropped most of its controversial policies.