Also speaks to some SDK issues, the delays in some countries over "translation problems", and a potential XBO exclusive from Platinum games, but only for Japan. If MS drops an XBO without Kinect for $300-$350 early next year, which is sounds like they're considering, I'd probably go ahead and pick one up for Dead Rising 3 and whatever else comes out on XBO exclusively.
"Apologies in advance. Everything I saw over the last 24 months was that there's no chance of a Kinect-less SKU. It was a solid concrete decision, firm as a beach volleyball buttocks, no matter what other changes have been going on around here.
And... weeeelllll, about that.
There's whispers of a Kinect-optional (as in, not in the box) SKU early next year. March or April. Enough smoke now that I didn't want to wait until September to say it. Launch number fallout will play its part."
I guess we'll see. MS would only be doing themselves a favor at this point dumping the Kinect out of the box for people who don't want it IMO.