Microsoft isn’t changing the Xbox One’s price or Kinect dependency

Sure, Microsoft has reserved its decision on the requirement for an Internet connection and used games DRM, but don't think they're going to go and reinvent the wheel, here.

Speaking with Joystiq, Vice President of Xbox Live Mark Whitten said the Xbox One's price -- $599 AUD, or $50 AUD more than the PS4 -- is staying put.

"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."

Get used to Kinect as well.

"We still absolutely believe in Kinect. It's a core part of the architecture," Whitten said. "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."

What do you think about a mandatory Kinect? Do you think Microsoft will change their minds on it, like they just did DRM?

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