Standalone Xbox One Kinect Launching October 7 for $150 With Dance Central

Plus, Microsoft says demand for the $500 Xbox One bundle with Kinect has increased since June.

Microsoft will start selling standalone Kinect cameras for Xbox One on October 7, the company announced today in a post on the Xbox Wire. It will cost $150, but you get more than just the camera. The bundle also comes with a digital copy of Dance Central Spotlight.

There was no mention of an Xbox One Kinect standalone unit that will be available without Dance Central Spotlight. That game launches next month and will sell for $10. The standalone Kinect camera for Xbox One will be available at retailers across the country.

Microsoft also took time today to reaffirm its commitment to Kinect, after some questioned whether the device was important to the company following the introduction of the Kinect-free Xbox One bundle in June. Today, Microsoft writes that "Xbox One is better with Kinect," adding that your games, TV, and entertainment usage on the console "come alive" when using the camera.

The company also revealed a trend that might surprise you. According to Microsoft, since the $400 Xbox One launched in June, the company has seen "increased demand" for the $500 Xbox One bundle that comes with Kinect.

In June, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said making Kinect optional for Xbox One would lead to greater sales for the camera in the long run. This is because, he argues, people will buy an Xbox One without Kinect and later realize they are missing out, and will eventually buy one.

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TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

"In June, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said making Kinect optional for Xbox One would lead to greater sales for the camera in the long run. This is because, he argues, people will buy an Xbox One without Kinect and later realize they are missing out, and will eventually buy one.

Yes, Phil, and someday you'll prove the Earth is flat, too.


There's a Journey song in here somewhere.....

c4000
c4000

ebay has better prices sorry microsoft #notsorry

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

So MS let me get this straight: I can buy a kinect now for 150$ separately with a10$ game? Sounds too good to be true! What's the catch?

blackothh
blackothh

because 500-400=150


some microsoft math!

mattd73uk
mattd73uk

@blackothh You're right - no discounts for combo deals!  It's an outrage.  Start with McDonalds, get them to price a BigMac Meal as the total of the items bought separately.  

I can see your customer-should-pay-more-on-combo deals campaign taking the internet by storm.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Kinda wish I could cash in my kinect for a hundred bones..

deathwish026
deathwish026

i really dont get everyones hate for kinect. it is no longer being forced on us so theres no reason to bitch. its actualy quite useful for everything but games.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Me: Kinect give me the best console experience!


Kinect: Purchasing PS4 now.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

LOL, it should come with every game made for Kinect 2.o so far in existence, that would be a good deal for 150.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I seriously would rather buy 2 Wii Us and then smash one than buy an XB1 or a Kinect.

I guess MS is being up front about this whole Kinect thing. Only people who like crappy dance games will buy one.

lostn
lostn

"In June, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said making Kinect optional for Xbox One would lead to greater sales for the camera in the long run. This is because, he argues, people will buy an Xbox One without Kinect and later realize they are missing out, and will eventually buy one."

Too bad Phil couldn't talk some sense into Don Mattrick and release the console this way in the first place.. oh wait, he took over after Don "resigned" and could have made the decision himself, using this awesome logic (I mean, how am I going to realize what I'm missing if I bought the $400 bundle without Kinect?) but chose not to. Overestimated the demand for your $100 Kinect perhaps?

lostn
lostn

First they made you buy a Kinect, now they made it optional but if you choose to buy one, they make you buy a game with it. One step forward one step back I guess.

psxp-one
psxp-one

Wait..wait...wait a minute. Okay, I will stop being a fanboy here just for this comment. So here I am looking at this as a potential costumer....you're telling me that it's better for me to buy the console with kinnect because it will cost me $100 extra...as opposed to buying it separately? I mean, it's no surprise, hell hamburgers are cheaper if I buy the combo too....but if it works for hamburgers it may just work for you right?

lostn
lostn

@psxp-one $50 is an added expense that isn't necessary, because unlike with the $500 bundle, you are forced to buy Dance Central. They could have sold it for $100 or $110 without the game.

deathwish026
deathwish026

@lostn @psxp-one maybe i am reading it wrong but doesent the article say the game will retail for $10 ? so in essence your paying $140 for kinect without the game.

lostn
lostn

@deathwish026 @lostn @psxp-one Well either they're losing $40 on every $500 Kinect bundle sold, or they're ripping you off a further $40 if you choose not to buy it up front. Of course that's what most people will do says Spencer. They will buy more XB1s without the Kinect, and then with no way of testing it out because they don't own one, realize what they're missing and then go and get one, spending even more than they would have had they just accepted the Kinect MS wanted to force on them.

Vylsith
Vylsith

This is obviously overpriced.  Microsoft can't afford to push profit at this point.  They need to push userbase first, and worry about profit later.  If the sales gap continues the price of the Kinect won't matter much.  Besides, they have to be making a good $50 on each Kinect sold at that price.  It's going to seriously limit its userbase for no good reason.  Of course, they need to offer a reason why gamers should buy the Kinect first.  So far we have one pretty bad game and some navigation features.  Not really worth $150 yet.

xneonic
xneonic

@Vylsith You just said that Microsoft, one of the largest companies in the world, cannot push a profit because of perhaps unsatisfactory sales on a console..?

Vylsith
Vylsith

@xneonic @Vylsith I thought the context was fairly clear.  Microsoft needs to worry more about market share than profit right now.  Better?

xneonic
xneonic

@Vylsith @xneonic You know, that is better, but I was really just being an a-hole. There was no need for me to comment on your comment really.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

It's amazing how much hate this device gets even after being unbundled. The funniest thing was that millions of people bought the PS4 because they said they would never buy an Xbox One with a spycam. Then Sony sold so many of their cameras to PS4 owners, they couldn't keep up with demand.


I use the Kinect all the time. When my TV is on, so is my Xbox and Kinect unless I'm playing PlayStation. It's a very useful device. Like others have said, many of those that knock it have never tried it. There are so many uses for it that people don't realize. My daughter is disabled. She cannot turn on the TV or do anything with it. Now, she turns everything on by voice. Channel surfs, turns the volume up and down. She literally had tears in her eyes when I showed her what she could do with it. Yet, people say it's trash or a gimmick. Oh well, to each their own.

ragingfighter
ragingfighter

I agree it's useful. Your story is just one example. Sorry to hear about your daughter but glad to head a Videogame console can help that much. :)

Vylsith
Vylsith

@bdrtfm I'm glad that your daughter got help through the Kinect.  A Smart TV would've offered the same accessibility, but Kinect is definitely cheaper if you're already buying a Xbox One.  I just wish Microsoft would offer voice controls through any microphone instead of forcing Kinect on consumers.  Voice control shouldn't require anything other than a microphone.  It's run through the OS.  I see no reason they'd need to force consumers to buy Kinect in order to use it.

hansbeej
hansbeej

@bdrtfm The privacy concerns with the Kinect were partially due to Microsoft's involvement with the NSA (I know....), but also the way it was integrated and presumably remained on and was always listening. Those were the presumptions, anyway.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@hansbeej @bdrtfm Not sure why you're downplaying the whole NSA thing.  We know for a fact that the government monitors Skype.  That's not debatable.  Now I seriously doubt the government monitors any other activity through Kinect other than possibly voice chat (the government monitors MMOs for examples, this we know as well thanks to Snowden).  So the concerns over Kinect were a little over exaggerated without a doubt, but the concern that the government does monitor some Kinect activity (particularly Skype) isn't tin foil hat talk.  There's a good chance they do.  Read up on the documents released by Snowden.  It's pretty scary stuff.  Microsoft deserves the bad PR they got from it.

hansbeej
hansbeej

@Vylsith Just because it's known they monitor and collect data from one source doesn't mean one should jump to the conclusion that they do the same with another just because of affiliations. It wouldn't surprise me if we found out that they did, but I'm not going to just assume so in the meantime.


I haven't read the leaked documents themselves but they've been well analyzed, summarized, and reported by others. So I am familiar with them. 

Vylsith
Vylsith

@hansbeej @Vylsith I can't imagine why Skype wouldn't be monitored on the Xbox One.  They all go through the same servers.  As far as the government is concerned, Skype is Skype.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Just pay somebody $150 to punch you in the face. You will enjoy the punch more, I promise you.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Funniest article, I've read all day. Thanks M$

_termahnator_
_termahnator_

The only joke is that you keep coming back to make new OPs

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Standalone and with do not go together in the same sentence......

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

The Kinect Camera is awesome for anyone who wants to control their home theater/tv setup. Anyone who says different has not tried it. As for it's role in games, eh, not that great, yet. 

Vylsith
Vylsith

@lostmyaccount I'm just not sure why you need the Kinect when any microphone should be able to serve the same function.  They're hiding functionality behind a $150 accessory paywall.  The only part of the Kinect that voice control uses is the microphone.  It's built into the OS, not the Kinect.  Arguing that the Kinect offers a great way to control your home theater system is basically applauding Microsoft for limiting functionality to sell hardware.  I can't agree with you.  Sorry.  =/

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

Uh I can control my home theatre with the remote it came with. Buying a 500$ console to do that is just silly.

straightcur
straightcur

Shouldn't they be trying to release some kick ass Kinect games if they want people to buy it???   So far it's a voice controller for a deliberately crappy UI.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@lostmyaccount @straightcur Quite honestly, I think the PS3 had a better UI than both consoles.  I hate this mobile interface that both consoles are adopting.  It's terrible.  The lack of folders bugs me to no end.  I'd love to separate my games into genres and further separate them into AAA and lower budget titles.  For some reason, neither system allows that right now.  Really stupid.

I especially hate the fact that Microsoft is completely ignoring consumers.  Most of their userbase dislikes Windows 8.  Instead of replacing it with something we will like, they simply go out of their way to force it down our throats at every turn.  I seriously wish I could find whoever made that decision and punch them in the face.  It's likely Ballmer though, so hopefully it'll become less of a problem soon enough.

bluefox755
bluefox755

I thought they stopped making Kinect?