Microsoft Dis-Kinects to a Xbox One without Kinect Console
PC gamers and Console gamers alike don’t appreciate products forced upon them, nor do they like to pay money for peripherals that they seem unnecessary. Since E3 last year when the Xbox One was revealed by Microsoft, it was explained that it would require Kinect to function properly. This has been met with mixed reviews from the gaming community and rumors of a stand alone Xbox One began spreading. Originally, Microsoft went on record stating that they had no intention of releasing an Xbox One without Kinect. However, today it was announced that they would be doing just that.
This new version of the Xbox One without Kinect will be available to consumers on June 6th for $399.99 without the sensor. This will match the PS4’s price point and will make the future of both systems based on video games instead of price. Along with the price drop came the announcement of changes to Games with Gold starting in June. This is something Xbox Live Gold members have been asking for since the release of the system. Also, many services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus have been dropped from the Gold Membership paywall. It will now be possible to use all these services for free on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. It definitely is a big news day for Microsoft who still wants to keep their E3 press conference “all about games.” Therefore, releasing this news and the Xbox one without Kinect news early seems like a good play to keep their press conference focused on their bottom line.
Even though Xbox head Phil Spencer is pairing this news with phrases such as “delivering more choices to fans,” it is hard not to be completely aware that this is blatantly a business decision. The PS4 is ahead of the Xbox One in sales by roughly 2 million consoles and Microsoft has to be hoping with this price drop to close the gap between the two competitors. The Kinect 2.0 sensor will also be made available separately later this fall for roughly 100 dollars.
With this price drop and selling the Xbox One without Kinect, Microsoft’s goal is not to drop their Kinect support as it is still an integral part of the Xbox One experience. But, by selling the Kinect separately, it allows gamers to buy the system for a cheaper price and then purchase the Kinect later once they are able to afford it. However, with the drop of the Kinect from the system it will still be determined whether or not this will also be the death of Kinect games or features since one of the main perks for developers was the guarantee that a Kinect would be attached to every Xbox One system.
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