• Microsoft Announces Cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One Bundle to Be Sold for $400



    Microsoft recently announced that consumers will soon be able to purchase a cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One bundle and won’t be forced to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold in order to use media services like Netflix or MLB.TV on their consoles, bending to price pressure from Sony’s PlayStation 4 and streaming boxes such as the Apple TV. The announcements come just six months after the Xbox One’s release, during which time sales have lagged behind Sony’s less costly offering. Microsoft’s new Xbox One lineup will start at $399 without the motion capture camera, the same price as Sony’s entry.

    In addition to driving up the price of the Xbox One, the second-generation Kinect has drawn the ire of early adopters thanks to reliability issues. Although the original Kinect relied on technology licensed from Israeli semiconductor firm PrimeSense, acquired late last year by Apple for $360 million, the Kinect 2.0 uses sensors developed in-house at Microsoft.

    Alongside the SKU change, Microsoft will drop its longstanding requirement that users who wish to use their Xbox to stream media content from the internet pay for a $60-per-year subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Some believe that additional cost has made casual users, who may not play online multiplayer games, turn instead to set-top boxes like the Apple TV that cost less than $100 and boast a wider catalog of streaming options.

    The Cupertino California company is believed to have sold more than 10 million Apple TV units in 2013, an even space with the Xbox One, which has shipped 5 million units in its six-month lifespan. The next-gen Apple TV, which could debut this fall, is rumored to bring support for gaming and third-party controllers that would place it in even more direct competition with the Xbox and PlayStation. The new Xbox One bundle will be available on June 9, while preorders are available starting now and changes to Xbox Live will take effect in “early June.” The Kinect 2.0 will be made available as a standalone purchase this fall.

    At the end of the day, such a move isn’t a surprise.

    Source: Xbox (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Announces Cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One Bundle to Be Sold for $400 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      What's surprising is that they tried to shoved this much crap on everyone from the start. Then Sony gave 'em what-for, and they backed down on just about every single policy - except Kinect, and now that's finally been done.

      Imagine what would have happened if they'd done it right in the first place...
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      When did $400 become the price of a cheap console? I seem to recall console in the 90's the sole for around this and higher are the ones that would fail (CDi, 3DO, Sega/MegaCD, Jaguar CD, etc) vs the consoles that sold for around $200 or so (NES, Genesis/MegaDrive, SNES, N64, PSX, etc) that were far more successful. Now it's normal to have $400-500+ dollar consoles?!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by znbl View Post
      When did $400 become the price of a cheap console? I seem to recall console in the 90's the sole for around this and higher are the ones that would fail (CDi, 3DO, Sega/MegaCD, Jaguar CD, etc) vs the consoles that sold for around $200 or so (NES, Genesis/MegaDrive, SNES, N64, PSX, etc) that were far more successful. Now it's normal to have $400-500+ dollar consoles?!
      Actually with inflation added in for NES it was right in line with the price of current consoles. Think I saw that the release price for the NES bundle, which is all that came in at first, was just barely above $400. Same can go for the games too. But with all the DLC nowadays that can pretty much even out.

      Source: The Real Cost of Gaming: Inflation, Time, and Purchasing Power - IGN

      A lot of things were cheaper back then but then again wages were lower also.
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