Well, well, well. First we were told you can’t have an Xbox One without Kinect, more importantly, without it being on. Then we were told we would still need to have it connected, but it didn’t have to be on if you didn’t want it on.
Now, you can get an Xbox One without the Kinect.
Starting June 9th, gamers will be able to purchase a Kinect-less Xbox One console for $399. Microsoft will continue to sell the Xbox One and Kinect bundle, but those gamers who don’t want the motion sensor don’t have to have it. If they decide later that they want the Kinect functionality, they can purchase it seperately.
Xbox head Phil Spencer wanted gamers to know that even though there will be an Xbox One available with Kinect, they will still be supporting the sensor. He stated, “To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision, many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day.”
What does this mean for Microsoft?
Well, the price drop of an Xbox One without a Kinect puts it at the same price as the Playstation 4 here in the US, and makes it $50 cheaper than the PS4 in Canada. That could mean an increase in console sales. The gamers who haven’t purchased a next-gen system might have a dilemma on their hands. Before this announcement, I would think it was an easy choice for gamers who teetered on the edge of liking Xbox and PlayStation equally to purchase the PS4 because it cost less. Now it’s anyone’s ball game.
What do you think of Microsoft’s decision to offer an Xbox One without the Kinect? We’ll keep you updated as we find out more details.