Microsoft will not offer a free Kinect adaptor with Xbox One X’s launch.
As you may remember, back in August 2016, Microsoft launched the Xbox One S, the slimmer and improved version of the Xbox One. And if you bought an Xbox One S, Microsoft threw in a free Kinect adaptor. This promotion notably ended back in March of this year however. And it won’t spill over into the launch of Xbox One X.
The news comes via the head of marketing at Xbox, Aaron Greenberg (via Eurogamer), who confirmed the detail to a curious Twitter user back at the end of September:
We provided free adapters for a good part of last year following X1S launch, but that program has ended.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) September 30, 2017
This news comes as little surprise when you consider how Microsoft and Xbox have moved on from the peripheral it pushed last console generation and at the start of this one. Notably, unlike the Xbox One, the Xbox One X (and the Xbox One S) doesn’t even include a native Kinect port, meaning you to have to deploy a USB adaptor if you want to use the camera.
Xbox One X is set to release on November 7, 2017, with a 1 TB model that will cost you a premium price (at least for consoles) of $499 USD.