Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, unless of course you are referring to the failed marriage of the Xbox One and the Kinect.
The Xbox One was designed around the $100 motion controller, at one point it was almost essential that the Kinect be plugged into the console in order for it to function, but like many of the original concepts and policies it slipped by the wayside after meeting the disapproval of angry gamers.
The Kinect however remained every bit a core feature of the Xbox One despite it raising the price of the bundle over $100 more expensive than Sony's PS4 and hogging 10% of the systems resources.
Initially the Xbox One was marketed as a Multi Media system that the whole family could use. The Xbox One was aimed at casual gamers, a machine to replace the Wii, aimed at gamers that like to jump around with arms and legs flapping frantically to control an avatar version of themselves. It was us, the hardcore gamers that made the Xbox 360 the success that it was, and it was us that were ignored in favor of Microsoft's dream to create an all in one media system that would pander to the needs of families all over the world.
Since the launch of the Xbox One there have been two major factors that can save the console, Phil Spencer took over the role of 'Head of all things Xbox' and the Kinect was told to pack its bags and leave.
Phil Spencer knows exactly what gamers want, and since taking over his new role has certainly turned things around Microsoft's Xbox franchise. Spencer recognized from the start that if the console is to succeed then some major changes needed to be made.
Although maintaining that the Kinect will always remain an integral part of the Xbox One Phil has shifted focus away from the motion controller and towards the one thing that every gamer wanted the Xbox One to be about in the first place..... Games!
Throwing the Kinect out into the darkness wont be enough to save the Xbox alone, Microsoft will have to fight hard to come back which is of course great news for us. As the competition to win gamers over hots up it can only get better for gamers.