It appears that the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor may have been worth more than the $100 we all thought, making the $499 price tag of the Xbox One with Kinect a pretty good deal. Microsoft has now confirmed it will begin selling the standalone Kinect sensor on October 7th and it will come with a new Dance Central Spotlight game, and retail for $149.99. This would actually end up costing users who bought a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One $50 more when buying the Kinect Sensor separately. It’s worth mentioning that this is the same price the original Kinect came in at as well when it first launched.
It appears that availability will initially be for US only since there is no mention of other markets.
Kinect can be a wonderful tool for people who like to interact with their Xbox One with voice commands, and to this day it can still feel surreal at times. Microsoft has been steadily updating Kinect and its voice commands, making the experience better and better each time. Using Kinect to broadcast your games on Twitch is a fantastic experience and works with just saying “Xbox Broadcast”. It’s the little things that can make a difference, and as far as voice commands go Kinect is a fantastic tool.
However, Kinect is considered to be the main reason the Xbox One is trailing behind its rival PlayStation 4 when it comes to sales, as it’s the reason why the Xbox carried a $100 higher price tag. Xbox One is now available to purchase without Kinect, but if you think you may be interested in purchasing it in the future, we suggest you fork out a little extra cash now and buy the console version with Kinect, otherwise you would be paying $50 more.