Microsoft: offering a Kinect-less Xbox One is all about giving consumers choice

Microsoft: offering a Kinect-less Xbox One is all about giving consumers choice

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it will soon offer a Kinect-less Xbox One console. Priced at $399, Microsoft has shed  a hefty $100 off on the regular Kinect-bundled Xbox One. Microsoft’s decision to offer a Kinect-less console made a lot of buzz and had many experts believing the company’s vision of making a voice and gesture capable entertainment system was dead.

But that’s apparently not the case. In his latest podcast, Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson, explained that a Kinect-free console is all about giving consumers a choice.

Just so you know, Microsoft is offering a Kinect free console, but is also still shipping the Kinect-bundled console. "We are not discontinuing Kinect or support for it. We still have a whole team of folks working on that. But we want to give everybody who would like to get in on the Xbox One action an opportunity," Hryb said.

Starting June 9, people will be able to buy the $399 Kinect-less Xbox One. However, the Kinect can be bought separately, if required. Microsoft hopes that offering console Kinect-free will help to boost the overall sale of Xbox One, as the PlayStation 4 also sells at the same price of $399.