Microsoft’s bold, new vision for the future will soon be an optional accessory for Xbox One users. A new version of the console is coming this summer at a drastically lower price point.[youtube http://youtu.be/snTwGEeGdNU]
Since the announcement of the Xbox One, Microsoft has fully supported and embraced the Kinect. Just this past February the company restated it had no intentions of releasing a Kinect-less console, but a large number of people still were’t entirely sold on the device. In an ongoing effort to prove their commitment to consumer feedback, Microsoft has changed it’s tune and will be releasing a standalone Xbox One for $399.99 on June 9th. Those interested in eventually adopting the Kinect will have the option to purchase the motion camera at a later date, but Xbox Head Phil Spencer says “the price probably won’t be exactly $100.”
Spencer also went on to clarify Microsoft’s future plans for the Kinect;
“Kinect remains an important part of our vision. We will continue to innovate on Kinect, I think it’s an important differentiator for us.”
Many supporters of Microsoft’s original vision for the console may be slightly disappointed to see the Xbox One without Kinect. Making this device a completely optional accessory will definitely hurt the adoption rate, but many studios already claim to have projects in the works that fully utilize this new technology.
Does the lower price point make this a far more appealing purchase for you or would you rather see Microsoft keep the Kinect bundles?
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