Standalone sensor and console will cost you $50 more than bundle, but come with free motion game

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) recently launched an Xbox One SKU that ditched the console's embattled "killer app" -- the voice and movement Kinect 2 sensor.  The new standalone SKU trimmed $100 off the price of the original Xbox One and Kinect sensor bundle, selling for $399.  
The move worked to reignite Microsoft's slumping sales, although it's still being outsold by archrival Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).  At the launch of the Kinect-free SKU, Microsoft said it would eventually release a standalone Kinect 2 for those who purchased the cheaper SKU, but later got a hankering for Kinect.

Kinect 2

Well, that time is almost at hand.  Microsoft posted on Xbox Wire:

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. We’ve always believed in the magic Kinect brings to Xbox One and today we’re excited to confirm that, beginning in October 7, fans will be able to purchase a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One.

The standalone Kinect sensor comes with 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 hot tracks. Kinect with Dance Central Spotlight will be available at retailers for $149.99.

The price is kind of interesting as Kinect-Free Xbox One plus standalone Kinect 2 pairing is $550, but bundled pair is only $500 USD.  The $50 different may be partly accounted for with the free bundled game, but not entirely.  The pricing suggests Microsoft is either looking to pad its pockets, or on the flip side may be cutting into its margin with the bundled SKU pricing.  

Xbox One Kinect

Why buy a Kinect 2?  Aside from performance and privacy concerns, the special sensor features a rich array of microphones to capture voice commands that act as a primary means of control in the console's user interface.  It also has a 1080p camera and depth sensor capable of tracking you, allowing for enhanced motion-controlled gameplay.

Source: Microsoft [Xbox Wire]

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