Microsoft Announces New Xbox One SKU Without Kinect, Starts At $399

Microsoft today announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale.

First, beginning on June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments.

Microsoft also made it clear that Kinect remains an important part of their vision. They revealed a stat that more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Microsoft will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more. Also, Microsoft will make Kinect as a separate add-on later this fall.

You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect from Amazon.

You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect Microsoft Store.

Source: Microsoft


  • Grim San

    IDC predicts a lot of thinks that seem to happen (To exactly).

    • koenshaku

      In record time too.

  • koenshaku

    Did they even release the Kinnect device separately?

  • percyjackson393

    Really wonder how sony will respond. The $100 price gap was a major selling point

    • koenshaku

      It actually isn’t a major selling point in this case I think it was a desperate move on Microsoft’s part. The Zynga CEO just really screwed them. At $399 you have a console that has price parity with a console that has superior hardware (PS4) the kinnect was really the only saying grace for the thing that differentiated the thing from the PS4 otherwise it is a 720p directx 11 console whereas the PS4 is a 900p console. Yes both offer the performance of mid-range gamer laptops, but there is a noticeable difference in exclusive titles…

  • blakjedi

    MS just lost with this move. $399 with Kinect is worth it. without it 299..

  • LexicoRed

    Dis-Kinecting Kinect from XB1 tells us Microsoft is really worried about sales. Hope this helps.

    The problem with XB1 is they tried to make it more of a mainstream device, to give a reason for people besides hardcore gamers a reason to buy it.

    In the end more gamers are going for the PS4, and that mainstream buyer is passing altogether.

    • KelvBlue

      This is not a phone that people will change every year. Those that purchased PS4 probably have a XBox1 in their Christmas stocking in the years to come.

      I will say Microsoft did a brilliant move. They grab the opportunity cost to not selling at lost and also assured themselves a large user base with kinect already. The developer will be happy and this user base will also be an advertising for those that purchase without kinect. It will be an accessory they will go for next with a higher cost hence more profits.

      Looking at PS4, I doubt majority of them will go for the ‘eye’ product, this certainly will drive the developers of this line to XBox1.

      • Guest

        MS is losing $ with each XB1 they sale, even if they are trying to say they are not.

        Their going to now be losing even more, Kinect BOM was about a third of that $100.

    • ZappyKins

      It’s not going to help. Now the Kinectless Xbox One is the same price, but slightly less powerful than the PS4. After all the ‘we will always include Kinect’ This just make Microsoft look untrustworthy, and Sony will probably made a big deal about it at E3.

      I’m so disappointed. Looks like Phil is going to ruin what is left of Xbox. I had (foolishly?) high hopes for him.

  • Wayne Sebbens

    I wonder how long it’s going to take until people realise they now can’t control their TVs and cable boxes (that don’t support HDMI-CEC), because the IR blaster was in the Kinect…

  • XBoxR1

    Microsoft admitting defeat :(

    Another hardware fail :(

    Next is the end of Windows RT :(

  • ZappyKins

    This is terrible news. An Xbox One without Kinect is just a slightly more advanced 360. The vision and innovation and what make X1 truly unique was Kinect and all that it had to offer.

    This is a HUGE FAIL for Xbox fans, most hard hit are the early adaptors. The people complaining about Kinect were most likely never going to get an Xbox anyway. So they have let the trolls win. Now they turn their back on their vision for the Xbox One and fans are furious.

    Now support for Kinect and games will be less from developers. So much for a ‘Next Gen’ system. Truly, why even bother with a console now. Just get a more powerful PC and plug in an X1 controller.