Microsoft report rise in US Xbox One sales after dropping Kinect

Xbox One No Kinect

Will the decision lead to a lack of support for Kinect in the long term?

Microsoft have announced selling Kinect-free Xbox One’s at a cheaper price has paid off in the short term.

"Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9, we've seen sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May," the firm announced this week.

This is based on collated "internal data based on retail calendar and sold through numbers".

It was announced back in May that Xbox Ones were to be sold without the Kinect 2.0 motion control peripheral knocking the dollar price down to $399 from $500. Since then a positive effect has been noted in the games press to back up Microsoft’s claims. Speaking to Gamespot in June GameStop executive Bob Puzon said that Xbox Ones were "flying off the shelves"

The risk for Microsoft now is that Kinect may suffer as a result given that developers are now creating for gamers that might not have one.The firm state continuing commitment to the peripheral however..

In the meantime Microsoft have outlined how a new Xbox One developer kit (XDK) will become available allowing you to turn off individual Kinect functions in game in order to free up GPU memory.

The Kinect 2.0 has also been made available to PC users.

 

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