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Xbox One without Kinect: £350 is still too much

Xbox One without Kinect: £350 is still too much

Well, it happened. Microsoft has caved in to pressure from consumers and announced a version of the Xbox One without the Kinect, which will retail in the UK for £350 – £50 less than the current model.

Thing is, that’s still too much money. The Xbox One without Kinect is essentially a less powerful version of the PS4, offering less raw power and no key additional features, so retailing at the same price seems an unwise move. For £350, you have the opportunity to pick up two similar consoles, one more powerful than the other – which do you chose? Add in the wealth of exclusives coming to PS4, and it seems an easy decision.

Without Kinect, all the Xbox One has to differentiate itself is a sub-par list of exclusives for inferior hardware. We love Halo, but now that Bungie has moved on the franchise is a shadow of what it once was, and isn’t big enough to fuel console sales in the way it once did. Besides that, what does Microsoft have? Nobody is going to buy a console for D3, Sunset Overdrive or Fable Legends.

Microsoft was adamant that Kinect was “integral and essential” to the Xbox One, but that clearly isn’t the case. In some ways it’s a shame, as the technology had fascinating potential that will now likely go unrealized. Instead, Microsoft are left trying to sell an inferior version of an existing product, for the same price. Good luck, guys – you’re going to need it.

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  • razrye

    Desperate times ms.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    Most people saw the XB1 as more expensive so they bought the PS4. Techies and hardcore gamers can argue that all those stats matter, but the reality is both consoles are finished products and I don’t think most people care or think about it. What may matter and tip things in the PS4 direction is if the seller recommends 1 console over the other. Sales will probably come down to marketing, message, and brand loyalty. Microsoft needs to up it’s game. The lower price point is a good start now they need a follow up. E3 may be the place they do that.

  • Escopablobar

    What you fail to realize is that we have 2 consoles now that are at price parity. Non hardcore/early adopter consumers will now have no reason to dismiss the X1 simply due to higher cost. Mass consumers don’t care or know about the power argument. They don’t care about exclusive content or any software outside of Madden, Halo or COD. This move will indeed improve sales and place new pressure on Sony to improve.

  • brianc6234

    Microsoft is so dumb. They keep doing what they say they won’t. So now should game developers just drop all Kinect support? They’re horrible at hardware. And Microsoft must be really worried to make so many changes so soon. Don’t buy a weak console when you can have a PS4.

  • brianc6234

    The Xbone isn’t a finished product. It’s changing daily.

  • brianc6234

    Consumers should get educated. If they buy a weak Xbone they’ll be disappointed as they see a huge difference in games on the two consoles in a couple years.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    The XB1 is a finished product from the perspective of purchasing a console when the alternative is the PS4. People look at the XB1 or PS4 as an appliance like a clever toaster or coffee maker not a computer. To an ordinary person it is finished and that is my point.

  • sandy

    It is a finished product , granted it gets FW updates and controller updates regularly . They cant add to the hardware they cant make it as powerful as the ps4.

  • Escopablobar

    Well, most mainstream consumers have no interest. They will not see any huge difference in games because they will be busy playing the few mainstream games that they buy during a particular generation. These people do not care about frames per second or resolution. They care about social interactivity and media consumption. They do not obsess over minutia like we who are well informed. Chatting with friends over a multiplayer match and streaming Netflix are all that matter. Both consoles do those things competently and now they are the same price.