Sony Executives Were “Dancing In The Aisles” When Xbox One’s Pricing Was Announced As $499

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Microsoft originally launched Xbox One for $499 that included Kinect sensor. Due the price advantage Sony had with PS4, Microsoft last month 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 is now available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale.

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.

Sony Head of Worldwide Studios America Scott Rohde speaking to Ars Technica revealed how they felt when Microsoft announced their $499 pricing at E3 last year.

“I’m not gonna lie. I remember exactly where I was,” Rohde told Ars. “We were in press conference rehearsals last year. We had a feeling they were going to come in at $499, but we weren’t sure. So yeah, we were dancing in the aisles and high-fiving. It was great. Anyone that came in on an interview, it didn’t matter what the question was, I could always just answer it with $399. It was the answer to every question.”

Reacting to Microsoft’s release of $399 SKU, he said the following,

“I think that, to be truthful, we always assumed that eventually they’d have to release a SKU without a camera,” he said. “So we were waiting for it to a degree, and we were ready for it.”

You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect for $399 from Amazon.

You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without for $399 Kinect Microsoft Store.

Source: Ars Technica

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