If you want a Kinect for your Xbox One, you can pick one up for $149 in October

Earlier this year, Microsoft started shipping an Xbox One SKU that did not come with the Kinect. The new SKU was a big change to the tone of the Xbox One which at one time was a key focal point of the console - but when consumers started leaning heavily towards the PS4, Microsoft took action. 

So, if you are an owner of an Xbox One without a Kinect but would still like to purchase one, you will be able to do so starting October 7th for $149.99. The standalone device comes with Dance Central Spotlight, the latest in the dance series from developer Harmonix, which will be available as a digital download.

The future of Kinect as a gaming peripheral seems in question after Microsoft removed it as a required item for the console. At the time of release, developers knew that all users would have a Kinect, so they could build in the functionality into their games. Seeing that not all users now have the device, there is less incentive to use the peripheral as part of the standard gameplay.

We will be curious to see if the device sells well at retailers but at $149, it is far from an impulse purchase for most consumers. 

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I'm not too upset I returned my Xbox One Tuesday. I bought it Friday night. I played it for maybe an hour total Monday. Only had battlefield 4. I returned the system, and got cash for Battlefield. I'll pick it up next year with Kinect I think. I had the kinectless model. I mainly returned it because every game I want comes out next year.

I just really dislike how much physical space the Kinect requires in a home entertainment system and how picky it is about placement. Kinect 360 owner here..no experience with the new Kinect but hear it is only slightly better in terms of placement.

As a tech enthusiast I know the Kinect 2 is technically superior to the PlayStation 4 camera but most people aren't tech enthusiasts and don't know this. I think this is going to be a very hard sell when they are standing in a store and both are there and the PS 4 camera is $60 and the XB1 one is $150. They are really going to need to drive home why Kinect is so much better and I don't think they've done that yet.

Asmodai said,
As a tech enthusiast I know the Kinect 2 is technically superior to the PlayStation 4 camera but most people aren't tech enthusiasts and don't know this. I think this is going to be a very hard sell when they are standing in a store and both are there and the PS 4 camera is $60 and the XB1 one is $150. They are really going to need to drive home why Kinect is so much better and I don't think they've done that yet.

It's more than just a camera and mic array though, add in the IR blaster ability to control your tv/audio equipment and so on and I think it's easier to sell for the price. All it takes is for people to experience the media abilities it adds to the XB1 and I think, even without more game support, people will buy it.

It might not set any sales records, but then again it doesn't have to, heck I think they might sell more through the more expensive Windows SDK at this point because it's not tied down to just being used with the XB1.

George P said,

It's more than just a camera and mic array though, add in the IR blaster ability to control your tv/audio equipment and so on and I think it's easier to sell for the price. All it takes is for people to experience the media abilities it adds to the XB1 and I think, even without more game support, people will buy it.

Again as a Tech Enthusiast you don't have to convince me. I know it's an amazing piece of kit. I doubt most people even know what an IR blaster is and for those that DO they probably know you can get one for $10. That doesn't even come close to justifying the 2.5x mark up over the PS4 camera. I don't think they could have sold it for under $100 since that's what they took off the price for the Xbox One when they removed it and making the case that it's worth $40 more than the PS4 because of it's enhanced capabilities is probably very doable but a $90 jump seems a bridge to far to me.
George P said,

It might not set any sales records, but then again it doesn't have to, heck I think they might sell more through the more expensive Windows SDK at this point because it's not tied down to just being used with the XB1.

Well the PS4 Camera I believe IS setting sales records for a Sony as an optional peripheral. At least it's selling surprisingly well and could be doing even better if it wasn't supply constrained. Here's an article from a few months ago:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/03/20/why-is-ps4s-camera-so-unexpectedly-popular/

This is what Kinect 2 is up against. Again I totally agree the Kinect hardware is superior but you really need to show a potential customer why it's worth paying 2.5x the competition and I don't think MS has done a good job of doing that.

Sony has The PlayRoom and it may not be a must have app but they bundled it with every console and they keep releasing free updates (just recently AR Studio), they even got DoubleFine to do a free add-on.

Asmodai said,

Again as a Tech Enthusiast you don't have to convince me. I know it's an amazing piece of kit. I doubt most people even know what an IR blaster is and for those that DO they probably know you can get one for $10. That doesn't even come close to justifying the 2.5x mark up over the PS4 camera. I don't think they could have sold it for under $100 since that's what they took off the price for the Xbox One when they removed it and making the case that it's worth $40 more than the PS4 because of it's enhanced capabilities is probably very doable but a $90 jump seems a bridge to far to me.

Well the PS4 Camera I believe IS setting sales records for a Sony as an optional peripheral. At least it's selling surprisingly well and could be doing even better if it wasn't supply constrained. Here's an article from a few months ago:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/03/20/why-is-ps4s-camera-so-unexpectedly-popular/

This is what Kinect 2 is up against. Again I totally agree the Kinect hardware is superior but you really need to show a potential customer why it's worth paying 2.5x the competition and I don't think MS has done a good job of doing that.

Sony has The PlayRoom and it may not be a must have app but they bundled it with every console and they keep releasing free updates (just recently AR Studio), they even got DoubleFine to do a free add-on.

I wasn't speaking to you specifically, just saying that if MS can show it's more than just a camera and it can do more compared to the PS4 camera then it'll be easier to sell it for that price.

The Kinect completes the experience IMHO with the system voice commands, in game and app voice commands, IR Blaster, video camera for skype, and profile recognition. Unfortunately none of this seems too important to hardcore gamers. As far as living room integration with TV, X1 falls a bit short. It's not over the top like it needed to be. (support for CableCARD, Sat. OTA etc. out of the box)

If hardcore games added support that core gamers were interested in, maybe it would gain more traction. The concept is interesting, the execution, not so much. Most games use it only as a glorified microphone.

LightEco said,
Just keep driving that stake deeper into Kinect's heart, Microsoft.

That's the same price the original for the 360 went on sale for, nothing new from what I remember. It's not like it's priced twice as much as what the original was.

So... you save $50 when you buy it bundled with the Xbox One.

...except most of the new "special bundles" they're offering don't include Kinect.

Crap.

I wouldn't recommend buying one, especially for that price. It's pretty much dead in terms of developer support, and $150 for voice commands that don't work 100% of the time is too much, in my opinion.

spacer said,
I wouldn't recommend buying one, especially for that price. It's pretty much dead in terms of developer support, and $150 for voice commands that don't work 100% of the time is too much, in my opinion.

It maybe not be 100% of the time but with each monthly update they seem to have been making it better and better.

yeah ive always liked my kinect and after the last update XBOX ON finally works for me! It never worked before for some reason

True, it has been getting better. But until it works flawlessly, it's not an acceptable navigation alternative to a controller, and is therefore useless. (to me)

spacer said,
True, it has been getting better. But until it works flawlessly, it's not an acceptable navigation alternative to a controller, and is therefore useless. (to me)

I agree, it has to work better, if not 100% then 99% of the time. When/if it does though then it's way easier and quicker than using the controller to move around, at that point it's worth having even without much game support.

Also, thinking about the future, if they do bring something like Cortana to the XB1, and I don't see why not, then that just boosts what Kinect can do for you, more than just navigating the OS like now.

Yeah the one thing i want from kinect is something more AI like cortana instead of specific commands be able to know different variations of commands at the very least.

I'm just glad they now have the option to not be forced to buy a $100 ($150 standalone now) webcam/microphone.

Outside of the 'family' games, the Kinect will never be used for hardcore gaming. I'm not talking about the issue of whether or not it 'should' be used. I'm talking about in reality, MS has not given a real world example of one actual hardcore game using Kinect.

That being said, I do like the functionality Kinect does bring, such as while you are playing a game, you can use voice commands to bring up various apps, etc, so you don't have to 'pause' gameplay to use the gamepad to do those functions. I just don't think that functionality warrants a $100 premium, when you can just as easily should be able to do that using a $20 mic.

greensabath said,
I just don't think that functionality warrants a $100 premium, when you can just as easily should be able to do that using a $20 mic.

If they do enable voice commanding over a regular headset, that will be the point all us Kinect fanboys will have to admit, it's dead.

Now all we need is a quality Tier1 title that is a must have for all gamers that uses the sensor effectively enough to be a must-have for those who bought XBOX ONE without Kinect.

So they were $500. Then they removed the kinect and now they are $400. Now to buy a connect, it will cost $550 total. Yes, you get a game but what a game!!.../s

techbeck said,
So they were $500. Then they removed the kinect and now they are $400. Now to buy a connect, it will cost $550 total. Yes, you get a game but what a game!!.../s

You thought it would be $100? There's added costs in just selling it on it's own instead of with the rest of the system now though packaging and shipping them by themselves is probably not the extra $50 that the price shows, it's some X amount regardless.

This also serves to make the SKU with it for $500 look like the better option, which it still is, I think that's always the case, bundles end up cheaper than buying each thing individually.

techbeck said,
So they were $500. Then they removed the kinect and now they are $400. Now to buy a connect, it will cost $550 total. Yes, you get a game but what a game!!.../s

kinect sports??

well worth $/€150 £100.


stop laughing at the back :)

Cnónna said,

kinect sports??

well worth $/€150 £100.


stop laughing at the back :)

Thought it was Dance Central Spotlight according to the OP.

techbeck said,

Thought it was Dance Central Spotlight according to the OP.

damn it,

in my defence I was reading the OP while I was cleaning my glasses.

that's my story and am sticking to it :/