Microsoft bit the bullet and released a Kinectless Xbox One in June. And now their sales have doubled in the US. What a surprise.
Microsoft bit the bullet and released a Kinectless Xbox One in June. Their argument originally was essentially, "This new Kinect is great, everyone's going to want one, and you're going to get one whether you want it or not when you buy an Xbox One." Well, most folks didn't want one and eventually MS had to listen. So they released an Xbox One without the Kinect for $399 and now their sales have doubled in the US.
Or as they call it, a "strong spike in interest."
Microsoft also believes that console exclusives such as Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Forza Horizon 2 have driven interest, along with new installments in third-party franchises like Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed. They also cite new IPs like Destiny and Evolve, as well as the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbone.