Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Microsoft Releasing Xbox One Without Kinect

Microsoft has confirmed that it will releasing an Xbox One bundle without the Kinect sensor which will see the price fall down to £349. The new bundle will be available from June 9th.

Microsoft had often been quick to squash rumors regarding a Kinect-less Xbox One citing that the Kinect is "an absolutely integral part of the experience".

On Xbox.com department head Phil Spencer said that despite reversal, the motion sensor remains an important part of Microsoft's vision for Xbox One. He went on to say "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. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. We will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Just Dance 2014, Project Spark and more."

Spencer confirmed that Microsoft will offer standalone Kinect packages at retail. This isn't the first time Microsoft have done a U-turn now not forgetting the big hoo-ha with 'used games' but we know how that story ended!


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