I preordered an Xbox One (I know, I know), and I don't get why everyone hates on the Kinect. I understand wanting to have the option to get the console without it, but for me, it's absolutely worth the money. I can't count the number of times I've walked into the living room with my hands full, but could still restart whatever I was watching simply by saying "Xbox, play." It's a silly little trick, but I find myself desperately missing it when I want to pause a video on my bedroom TV, or mute my iPad while I'm cooking something in the kitchen.
The point of this is, if you buy an Xbox One, I say you should get it with Kinect. Unfortunately, most of the deals we see are for the Kinectless model. Today though, you can get a refurb on eBay, complete with a copy of Ryse, for $350. That's what Microsoft's charging for the Kinectless model, so as long as you don't mind getting a refurb, you're basically getting Kinect for free. [Xbox One with Kinect and Ryse: Son of Rome, $350]
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