*New £349 / $399 bundle to launch in June*
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This post was supposed to be uploaded yesterday but nevertheless, here it is.
Following months of speculation, Microsoft has confirmed it will release an Xbox One bundle without the inclusion of a Kinect sensor.
Beginning June 9, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, the company will offer Xbox One without Kinect starting at $399 USD / £349 GBP, down from the original RRP of $499 USD / £425 GBP. Click here to view all of the key dates!
Until now, Microsoft had consistently denied suggestions that it would one day release a Kinect-free Xbox One console by labelling the motion sensing device “an absolutely integral part of the experience”.
“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.
The announcement marks the latest in a long line of policy reversals from Microsoft’s Xbox One team, most notable of which was the decision to ditch plans for the console to require an internet connection.
Microsoft’s original plans for Xbox One positioned Kinect as a mandatory requirement for the console to even function, before the company reversed the policy ahead of the system’s November 2013 release.
“I always want to make sure that we’re in tune with what current or potential customers are asking for from us. Right now, [dropping Kinect is] not the number one request from people.
Are you looking forward or looking into purchase your own Xbox One at Christmas? I know I am! What do you think? Click here to check out the Saints Row 3 post from early today! Make sure to leave a comment below with your thoughts on whether or not you will consider buying the Xbox One now.