Fans' Anger As Xbox One Drops Kinect Feature
Early adopters of Microsoft's Xbox One have reacted angrily after the firm slashed the price of the console by stripping out a major feature.
Sales of the device are flagging in comparison to the PlayStation 4, partly due to the console's higher price tag.
Microsoft had always justified the cost by pointing to the Kinect 2.0 motion sensor device, which until recently it called "integral to the Xbox One experience".
But soon it will offer a stripped-down version of the original Xbox One without the Kinect functionality. A version including the Kinect feature will still be available.
However, some fans fear that developers will no longer prioritise making use of the motion sensor features.
On the Xbox One forum on Reddit, one gamer said: "This is a slap in the face to early Kinect 2.0 adopters who were sold on the fact that every Xbox One owner would have one."
Another said: "So the Xbox One is on an equal footing in terms of price with the PS4 now, but with weaker hardware and nothing to set itself apart? How is this a good idea?"
One added: "They said over and over that there would never be one without the Kinect. I feel pretty betrayed."
The Kinect-less version of Xbox One will be available around the world from June 9.
In the UK the price will fall from £399 to £350, having originally launched with a price tag of £430.
Sales have lagged behind Sony's PS4, which had sold seven million units by mid-April, at least two million units ahead of the Xbox One.
Microsoft has also announced it will make it possible to watch Netflix and YouTube via the console without the need for a paid Xbox Live account.