Microsoft have gone back on their word, having stated outright numerous times that they would not be releasing the Xbox One without their beloved Kinect. Speaking to Eurogamer in February of this year Xbox UK marketing chief Harvey Eagle stated, “[A Kinect-less Xbox One] is not in our plans at all,” he said. “As we’ve said from the very beginning, we believe Kinect is an absolutely integral part of the Xbox One experience.”
However, plans have clearly changed. Today Microsoft announced their intention to release an Xbox One package minus Kinect in June for £349 in the UK, or $399 in the US, bringing the console down to a price point which rivals the Playstation 4, finally closing a sizable pricing gap which doubtless persuaded many to side with Sony.
While I understand Microsoft’s desire to place Kinect at the forefront, this decision simply makes sense. As soon as they announced that Kinect no longer had to be plugged in for the console to function, they opened up a path for customers to ask why they couldn’t simply purchase the Xbox One without the motion sensor.
So, will this finally spark a rise in sales?