Microsoft to Offer Xbox One Without Kinect for $399.99
Microsoft announced this morning that it will sell the Xbox One without Kinect for $399.99. Xbox Live's Major Nelson says in a statement posted on his blog, "This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and the upcoming Watch Dogs, Destiny and Sunset Overdrive. You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments."
Microsoft is already listing the $400 console here in its online store. The device will ship on 6-9-14. The sans Kinect price drop could also help Microsoft make some attractive bundle offers this holiday. CNET has a handy FAQ about the price cut here.
An Engadget story says the the price drop is not just about boosting sales. Engadget says the Xbox One can be difficult to navigate with the Kinect and voice commands. Microsoft is working on a fix for this so users will be able to more easily use the game console with the Kinect.
Posted on May 13, 2014