Since launching the Xbox One console without the Kinect peripheral back in June, Microsoft have announced that sales of their next-gen system have doubled. No doubt this is most likely due to the significant drop in the console’s price, with retailers such as the UK’s Game store selling them for less than £350. And that includes one free game in the box!
With Xbox Ones now being sold without the motion sensor accessory, many fans will be left wondering whether they will be able to purchase a Kinect separately. After all, it’s still an integral part of the hardware.
Well, wonder no longer as a report from EuroGamer says that Microsoft will be launching the Kinect as a standalone device come October 2014. At the seemingly high price of $150 (around £90), it sounds like quite a lot to pay for a small (if somewhat important) peripheral for your Xbox One. However, the item will be shipped with a code that will allow users to download Dance Central: Spotlight, which is scheduled for release on September 2nd.
The Kinect 2.0 was originally a compulsory component that came shipped with the Xbox One when it was launched in November 2013. Despite criticisms about the console’s original price and Microsoft initially requiring the motion sensor to be connected at all times (prompting concerns over privacy issues), the Kinect has been generally well received.
Taking the original camera for the Xbox 360 a step further, the Kinect 2.0 has high quality image capture, fast response time and wide angles. It’s also been praised for its voice recognition software that understands over fifty commands. However, it was criticized slightly for its inability to recognize certain English accents.
Tell us, if you don’t already have a Kinect, will you be pipcking one up come October? Sound off below!