You are missing the point, the point of kinect is to help sell media hub device, it is marketing gimmick for the masses.
I own a xbox 360 with Kinect and I use it video chat and occasionally play a kinect game. Guess what when I am not using it I can turn it off or disconnect it from the system completely and the 360 willl still function.
Would I recommend kinect to friend or relative for xbox 360 the answer is no.
I am guessing you would, but please respond.
I will probably buy an xbox one but not at launch.
You can do the same with Xbox One's Kinect. All except for disconnect it entirely.
It is a motion control method, not just some media gimmick.
I would only recommend it to a friend I knew was interested in motion control to begin with. Or I would have them try it out on my setup first.
Have fun showing off your xbox One make sure to tell friends that it always needs to be connected to internet and that the kinect is always on even when you disable it. Those are all great selling points...just admit it Microsoft has let the Xbox 360 success to go their heads and missed the boat on xbox one.
Well the purpose of this thread is the hope that MS will offer a change similar to the OP so it wouldn't be always online required.
Either way, that's exactly the info I would tell them. Minus the "Kinect Always On" thing. That's not true and misleading. It is off/disabled. It only listens for one command in order to turn it back on (which makes perfect sense).
I'm sure most of my friends would not be bothered by the internet requirement because they all use the internet throughout their homes constantly already. The ones I would recommend the Xbox One to are the ones I already play with online on Xbox 360 or PS3 or PC. If I knew they lived in the country with no broadband access and no smartphone with 3G/4G access, I wouldn't recommend the Xbox One to them (unless MS gives gamers a choice like the OP suggests).
I can deal with the future of digital only...not a big problem if I want to play mike tysons punch out, I go play it on a emulator on my pc or phone. I am sure someone in the future will have a work around for the xbox one, what I can't deal with is being forced to buy a bundled accessory without another sku option...so no purchase for me at launch
So you would refuse to buy a console because it comes with a controller? Interesting. What are your thoughts on the wii u controller? Or the six axis motion controls and touchpad and lightbar of the Dualshock 4?
How dare companies include things in their SKUs integral to their console.
You are in the minority if you think kinect is an integeral method of control for gamers or even prefered method for navigating the UI in all the media hub features Microsoft has integrated into the xbox one.
What are your thoughts on the wii u controller? Or the six axis motion controls and touchpad and lightbar of the Dualshock 4?
Correct if I am wrong but these are control methods that you physically touch.
The kinect is not physical controller so why compare them.
I sure at some point the kinect or kinect like device will be available at the consumer level that will be able to do what a physical controller can do, but sir it will not be next generation and when I do purchase the new xbox one, my kinect accessory which is no way in hell integeral feature to me will remain off.
Integeral component...more like pr bs