Microsoft has shot down rumors that it will sell the Kinect and the Xbox One separately. Last month, Inside Gaming report that those willing to wait will have the option of buying the Xbox One without Kinect. GI's source said Microsoft would release a bundle without Kinect in the summer of next year. What's more, there would be another budget bundle featuring a second hard drive and actually under cut the price of Sony's PS4.
Unfortunately, it seems GI's source was mistaken, as Microsoft today confirmed that it had no plans to sell the Xbox One and Kinect separately. Ever. Speaking to CVG, Microsoft's Phil Harrison explained that the two are part of one system. CVG said it presumed the Xbox One would 'never be sold without Kinect,' and Harrison had this to say:
"Correct. Xbox One is Kinect," Harrison told CVG. "They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."
So, there you have it. At least now you know, and you won't spend months waiting for a Kinect-less package that's never coming. Microsoft plans to launch the Xbox One in November of this year.