Like many other Xbox fans, one gamer took to Twitter to ask a couple of questions about the Xbox One X and received an answer about the Kinect adapter and whether it’d be included with the Xbox One X for free at launch. Though they didn’t expect to receive an answer, Microsoft’s been pretty active on the social media platform addressing users’ concerns and replied within the day, though the answer might not be welcome news for those without an adapter.
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
The program that Greenberg referred to was the free release of the Kinect adapter that allowed for easy camera hookup with the Xbox One S. When the upgraded version of the Xbox One was released, the Kinect that was previously compatible with the base version of the Xbox One required an adapter in order to set up the Kinect. It took up an extra outlet spot and gave Xbox One S owners a few more wires to deal with, but it was at least free with the Xbox One S, so those who intended to use the Kinect could still easily continue to do so.
Compared to purchasing the Xbox One X that’s priced at $499, adding an adapter for the Kinect on top of that purchase isn’t too pricey at just $39.99. However, seeing that the Xbox One S buyers received a free adapter to make the Kinect compatible with their console, some prospective buyers are still a bit let down at the idea of putting out more money on top of their console purchase. Judging from the tone of the replies to Greenberg’s answer, people aren’t mad, they’re just a bit disappointed.
Well, I guess I didn't expect free, but how about a discount? $40 for an adapter on top of the $500 for X is rough. Love my Kinect.— ⛎ncle ♏ark / il Radd (@ilRadd) October 1, 2017
The Xbox One X releases on Nov. 7 for $499.