If you were hesitant on buying an Xbox One because of the Kinect Camera and sensor feature, then fortune smiles upon you. If you were hesitant on buying an Xbox One because of the price, then you are in for a treat. If you need two more reasons to buy the damn console– just read the next sentence.
On June 9th, 2014: Microsoft will have a Kinect-less Xbox One for retail price of $399.99. Also Nextflix, Hulu and ESPN will be availible to users without the Xbox Live Gold membership subcriptions. Also, free games will be coming to Gold subscrpitions (ala Sony PS Plus service.)
“It’s really about giving consumers choice at retail,” says Xbox chief Phil Spencer of the decision. Microsoft cited consumers seeking a more affordable alternative as a reason for a $399 model. Spencer says the introduction of a Kinect-free Xbox One does not mean Microsoft will stop supporting the sensor. “To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision,”
Microsoft is copying Sony. Plain and simple. And that is a good thing because the battlefield is even.
However, if I was Microsoft, I would have the brass balls to wait until E3 Convention to announce this news– just to stick it to Sony. But that is just me.
Of course, MS needs to keep the Kinect, they invested so much money in it. They should have had the Kinect seperate like the Sony Eye Camera in the first place.
Sometimes we can’t get it right the first (few) time(s).
USA Today article outlines these details.