According to an anonymous source, speaking with Machinima's Inside Gaming Daily, Microsoft is planning on launching a cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One in the summer of 2014.

The sources informed the site that Microsoft has two bundles planned for a release some time in the middle of next year. There will be a standard bundle shipped minus the Kinect, and a cheaper, budget package containing an Xbox One with a smaller hard drive to challenge Sony's price of the PS4.

So the break down would look something like this:

Day 1 bundle (Holiday Season 2013): 500 GB HDD with a Kinect $500
Second bundle: No Kinect, Summer 2104, $??
Economy bundle: Smaller HDD, No Kinect, Summer 2014, Less than $400

This news goes against previous reports from Microsoft that the Xbox One won't function without a Kinect, but if Microsoft is planning on multiple iterations of the console to be released, then perhaps this has been their plan all along.

Either way, we love this news. What do you think? is this a strategy that has been in place from the beginning or is this a retro-fitted solution to user's vocal concerns about price and privacy? Let us know what you think.

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