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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinnectless, June 10, 2014
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This review is from: Microsoft Xbox One 500 GB Console - Black (Console)
I own the day one version and bought this version for myself as the "family" XBOX is off to college with my son. As a 50 yo male who has been gaming since pong and the atari 2600, the last thing I want to do is move when playing a video game. If I used the Kinnect more than half a dozen times it was a lot. The voice command for the XBOX is just brutal and if I may I will give a plug to Amazon TV which recognizes everything I say and if you have Prime that is the best bargain EVER, and dearest Comcast raise my fees one more time and you are history.

But I digress. This is a great price for a great product and trust me if you are a true gamer you don't need the kinnect so save the 100 bucks and buy two games instead.
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2014 6:41:55 PM PDT
Steve Kinney says:
Yeah this is why I waited for them to remove the Kinect it is worth the price now I cant wait to pick one up!

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 2:31:51 PM PDT
If you have a family the Kinect is extremely useful for automatically knowing who is using the system and logging in all the appropriate people instantly. Automatic sign in with the Kinect works amazingly well and usually happens faster than your TV can even turn the screen on. The thing can spot me from the other side of the living room. The Kinect controls the power on/off for your TV as well as the volume of your speakers. If you plan to use the live-TV or have a complex entertainment center with external speakers, cable or other streaming devices running through the Xbox you should definitely get the Kinect version. Here's why: the Kinect has an amazing IR blaster built into it that can turn on/off all of your devices as well as control the volume, the playback controls and channel of what you're watching. So even if you don't have cable TV (let's assume you have a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, or Xbox 360) the Xbox One's Kinect will control playback on those devices (pause/play/rewind/faster forward) via controller, voice, gesture and Xbox SmartGlass. The free SmartGlass app turns your smartphone or tablet into a very powerful universal remote by using the Kinect to send IR signals to all of your devices.

In addition with Kinect you also have a slew of other options like Xbox "Record That" game DVR, Skype video calling, Twitch camera broadcasting, Bing universal search of store/app content, controller tracking to know which person is playing and holding the controller.

For a hundred more you get a free game and a Kinect sensor. Even if you are not interested in any of the Kinect games (Fitness, Dancing, Sports, Party, weird Japanese/Indie experimental games) it is still a good idea to get the version with Kinect. Down the line voice controlled services like Cortana (currently on Windows Phone) are coming to Xbox One and most likely VR games which will need Kinect. For a hundred more it is a good investment. I think the sensor will probably cost more to buy separately down the line. The original 360 Kinect launched at 149, the Kinect 2 for Windows costs 199. If you think you might want to have Kinect down the line you will end up paying more than just buying it now bundled.

Obviously everyone's funds are different and I'm not here to judge what you can afford right now, but it seems clear the Kinect version with a free game is clearly a better overall value given how much additional stuff you get.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2014 5:01:05 PM PDT
Ogr8ys1 says:
I hear what you are saying, but I think you would be better off buying Amazon TV which is 100 bucks and is 100 bucks better spent. I just have no use for the kinnect and what it offers. My experience with the voice commands so frustrated me I just never used it. Perhaps when they upgrade in what my opinion is the most important feature I would revisit the kinnect. In terms of taping my play and sharing it with others, not gonna happen, as I get enough abuse from my friends for still playing video games at 50, but screw them lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2014 4:27:47 PM PDT
idommah says:
seems like a fanboy who doesn't want 1 negative thing about the xbox.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2014 4:52:56 PM PDT
Ogr8ys1 says:
Wouldn't a fanboy have just bought another kinnect? Just saying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:28:39 AM PDT
Scott P. says:
Microsoft has come out and said that the Kinect won't cost $100 down the road. So, skipping the Kinect now and getting it later won't cost you extra money.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 12:03:34 AM PST
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