Kinect Standalone for Xbox One Debuts Oct. 727 Aug, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
Microsoft Aug. 27 announced it would begin selling the voice- and motion-control Kinect system for the Xbox One separately starting Oct. 7, with a retail price of $150.
Microsoft in May began offering an Xbox One system without the Kinect for $400, a move to help keep up with competitor Sony Computer Entertainment, which has been beating Microsoft with sales of its $400 PlayStation 4.
“While we’ve seen our Xbox One sales double since the new Xbox One option became available, we have also seen increased demand for Xbox One with Kinect,” Microsoft announced in a blog post. “When we announced the new Xbox One option, we also shared that we would deliver a standalone Kinect sensor for people that chose to purchase the sensor at a later date.”
The Kinect standalone system comes with the game Dance Central Spotlight, the latest in the dance series from developer Harmonix, which will be available as a digital download and features a soundtrack of 10 songs.
In addition to recognizing voice commands and gestures, the Kinect for Xbox One also features a biometric sign-in, instant personalization, scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features for Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark, and others.
“We’re excited to offer you more choices for purchasing Xbox One, with Kinect, without Kinect for $399, bundled with games like Madden NFL 15 or Sunset Overdrive, or by adding the standalone Kinect sensor at a later date,” the blog post read. “It’s a great time to choose which Xbox One option works best for you as we look toward the exciting new game launches coming in the months ahead.”