According to Windows Phone Central, Xbox One Standalone Kinect will be available in North America starting October 6 this year for $149.
Back in May, Microsoft announced the plans to remove Kinect as a mandatory device which I guess was a good move considering the struggle of the Xbox One in its own territory. And the company released a Kinect-less Xbox One for $399 to match the price of the PS4.
Which worked (sort of), Xbox One sales went up in June following the release of the Kinect-less Xbox One according to Microsoft:
“Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9, we’ve seen sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May,”
Interestingly, while it did give MS a boost in sales but still PS4 outsold Xbox One. But the good things is Xbox team intents to Win this Console Generation as Phil Spencer himself stated:
I’m not going to duck that. I want to win. I want to win this generation, but I want to win more than I want the other guy to lose.
Microsoft changed their stance on its DRM policy and always online requirement after some harsh fan feedback and it will be interesting to see what other tactics Phil Spencer has up his sleeves.
He his off to a good start though, as Rise Of The Tomb Raider was revealed to be a an Xbox One exclusive (Timed) and will surely make some fans lean towards the console.
Xbox is definitely not going down without a fight that’s for sure so my advise to the gamers is that they should just sit back and enjoy this console generation as both MS and Sony try to impress you with a range of products and features.