A Standalone Xbox One Kinect Will Cost You $150

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Posted by patrickklepek (6833 posts) -
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Since Microsoft decided to remove Kinect from every Xbox One, thus allowing a price drop from $499 to $399, we've been wondering when the company would offer the option to purchase a Kinect separately. The answer is October 7, and it'll cost $149.99.

Microsoft will bundle Kinect with Dance Central: Spotlight, which features 10 songs.

While $149 might induce some sticker shock, Kinect for Xbox 360 launched at the same price in November 2010. That device went on to become a hit, but it seems unlikely the same is in store for Kinect on Xbox One, a device Microsoft seems to be moving on from.

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#1 Edited by Corevi (6796 posts) -

With the only games for Kinect being Dance Central and Fantasia this seems like a bad move.

EDIT: I guess Crimson Dragon is technically a videogame?

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#2 Edited by Substance_D (370 posts) -

Seems $50 too high at least. I realize it's probably expensive to produce, but most people can do the math in their head and realize they could buy a console with a Kinect for cheaper.

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#3 Edited by Superfriend (1747 posts) -

You might as well throw money out the fucking window.

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#4 Edited by frankiebeanz (381 posts) -

it sucks for the people that made kinect only games xbox really shafted these guys bigtime

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#5 Posted by AndrewB (7816 posts) -

Not really a surprise. I mean, if Microsoft was serious about spreading it around despite the removal from the console bundle they would have kept it at $100, but the peripheral is sadly DOA. I say sadly, but I suppose there was never really any hopes for it in an era of Occulus and the device draining system resources which put their console even further behind the competition beyond even the whole virtual machine layering at the OS level *and* the fact that the GPU is lesser on a fundamental hardware level.

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#6 Posted by RampageAssassin (438 posts) -

Microsoft are taking the biscuit.

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#7 Edited by Gista (146 posts) -

pffftt yeah okay....

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#8 Posted by LawGamer (1481 posts) -

Jeez. Can Microsoft really not do math? Consumers didn't see enough value in the Kinect at $100 (roughly how much it increased the price of an XBONE). What makes them think that those same consumers will magically see more value in it at $150?

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#9 Posted by Yelo (31 posts) -

that's a lotta nuts

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#10 Posted by MrMazz (1230 posts) -

ahahahahahah....o wait you're serious. Well I hope Pope makes it our all right.

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#11 Posted by Deathpooky (1855 posts) -

I guess they had to price it higher than $100 to keep people buying the bundle. But who's going to buy a $150 peripherial they already passed up at $100 that has been largely abandoned by Microsoft and developers? It's not like Microsoft announced anything down the pipeline that would convince people.

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#12 Posted by ONIKAGEI (53 posts) -

I'd better get my order in now before they all go!

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#13 Edited by lmitchell8075 (17 posts) -
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#14 Edited by ProfessorEss (7961 posts) -

As Dance Central's #1 fan I gotta say that's a steep ask, even for me.

If I buy a new console it will most likely be an X1, with Kinect, for Dance Central but I'm gonna need to see a much better library of games to justify (subsidize) the price tag that comes with Dance Centralling. Question is, will they still be making Kinect's by then 'cause that library seems a long way off.

I think Microsoft and Harmonix both made a huge mistake not getting this game out within the launch hype window.

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#15 Posted by Solidsnak (172 posts) -

I'm sure people who really want a kinect can just buy one from many of the people who bought the xbox early and don't use theirs.

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#16 Posted by BBQBram (2508 posts) -

Good one.

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#17 Edited by elwaldorf (139 posts) -

Wow...thats a pretty sad price. Even if it was $150 when it came out for the 360, at least the console wasn't $400 by then.

And lest not forget, you can get the always optional, somehow more popular, PS4 camera for a low cost of $60.

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#18 Posted by Amikron (439 posts) -

It is a more advanced piece of hardware than the 150 dollar kinect unit sold in 2010, as the article states. Why is anyone surprised by this exactly?

Even though it isn't the end all be all of cameras it is a more advanced unit and its barely been 4 years since the last one. I'm not surprised when the next iphone comes out at some absurd price, they've always been overpriced at launch. As lmitchell8075 said above, the point is to get you to get the one bundled with the kinect if you have any interest in one at all.

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#19 Posted by Thievius (36 posts) -

Insane. When you consider Kinect isn't going to be largely for games anymore (why would anyone make games for it) but mostly a way to maneuver about the dash, $150 is crazy-towns.

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#20 Edited by metalhammer (75 posts) -

Erm. Yeah, I really don't think so.

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#21 Posted by KaneRobot (2776 posts) -

I really like having the Kinect on the Xbone. At this point I can't imagine being without it, just for voice navigation/functionality.

But I sure as hell wouldn't pay 150 bucks for one.

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#22 Edited by cyberfunk (180 posts) -

OK so her's my idea to how to fix the kinect:

Turn it into a cheap standalone chromecast/boxee Netflix streaming box that works without the xbox one but keeps the voice/gesture/tv stuff.

Or better yet a psvita tv thing for streaming xbox to another tv.

Its probably too late to change the hardware/software but maybe for a kinect 3.0....

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#23 Posted by PurplePartyRobot (440 posts) -

Nah, I don't need a Kinect. The only thing I would miss from not having one is screaming "Xbox record that!" when a game has a freakout and glitches out.

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#24 Posted by Naoiko (1676 posts) -

Hmm that's about what I guessed they would charge. Thanks for the great article! =)

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#25 Posted by Amikron (439 posts) -

Nah, I don't need a Kinect. The only thing I would miss from not having one is screaming "Xbox record that!" when a game has a freakout and glitches out.

I'm really hoping stuff like that can be added to voice support via headset or something. I'd hate for people to miss out on what I consider a core part of having an Xbox One, being able to yell at it.

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#26 Posted by wafflestomp (294 posts) -

The new Kinect is neat and it is way more powerful than the PS4 camera, I don't know why anyone would be shocked by the $150 price point. I wish MS would have just dropped the price to $399 with the Kinect and try to make it up somehow. Removing it makes it irrelevant...sadly.

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#27 Posted by rethla (3725 posts) -

Is there a fish in a bowl making all marketing decisions at Microsoft nowdays?

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#28 Posted by Reisz (1623 posts) -

Terrible.

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#29 Posted by brownsfantb (452 posts) -

Who is going to buy this?

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#30 Posted by wrecks (2680 posts) -

The perfect price to kill the product. Fine by me.

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#31 Posted by Aviar (504 posts) -

Wow, Microsoft just can't seem to get on the right track this generation.

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#32 Posted by HairyMike87 (1218 posts) -

No thanks.

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#33 Edited by EthanML (486 posts) -

"Get 'em while they're hot!

...Guys?"

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#34 Posted by Evan223 (117 posts) -

I knew I should have bought the one I seen in cash converters for £20

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#35 Posted by Stimpack (1004 posts) -

How is this not $99? Learn how to take a hit for once, Microsoft, damn. Talk about not wanting your product to succeed.

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#36 Posted by Patman99 (1650 posts) -

It will actually cost me $0 because I don't plan on getting one in the near future. While the stuff it does with your tv is mildly interesting it does not seem to work well enough to justify the price nor are there any games on it that I want to play.

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#37 Posted by frymillstrum (1324 posts) -

But.... The One only cost $100 more for the Kinect bundle...

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#38 Edited by Maitimo (210 posts) -

I'm curious to see how well it does. The sheen came off the original pretty quickly, and they probably aren't going to dump the same volume of marketing money into this model.

Some of you may wish to pray for Rare.

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#39 Posted by FajitaBoss (129 posts) -

I remember when kinect was actually a hot thing to buy, crazy times.

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#40 Edited by Jeust (11739 posts) -

Great way to increase profits... ahah

Sell a Kinect-less console for 400$, 100$ less than the one bundled with Kinect, and price Kinect for 150$, so consumers wanting Kinect will pay 50$ more than people who bought the bundle in the first place, placing the total expenses at a whopping 550$. Microsoft never fails to impress with its attention to profit, and disregard for the consumer.

If Kinect still stood a chance of being relevant, this is the final nail in its coffin. With the lack of games for it, and the steep price, it would require a good amount of love to get one.

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#41 Edited by asantosbr (211 posts) -

$150 above the right price.

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#42 Posted by trelution (257 posts) -

sounds like a bullshit inflated number to justify their insistence on the thing in the first place and to try and push all the bundled units still sitting out there.

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#43 Posted by StylishHero (3 posts) -

Blah.... navigating the system with voice commands is cool but it does NOT work nearly well enough to justify buying it at 150 bucks....

Signed , I've had it since day 1

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#44 Posted by amafi (1497 posts) -

@amikron said:

@purplepartyrobot said:

Nah, I don't need a Kinect. The only thing I would miss from not having one is screaming "Xbox record that!" when a game has a freakout and glitches out.

I'm really hoping stuff like that can be added to voice support via headset or something. I'd hate for people to miss out on what I consider a core part of having an Xbox One, being able to yell at it.

The PS4 voice stuff works surprisingly well with a mic, even with my atrocious english.

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#45 Posted by nothingreal (52 posts) -

not enough faces and palms exist in the known universe to accurately comment on this development.

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#46 Posted by joshwent (2897 posts) -

You can get the PS4 camera (which, though not amazing, enables voice commands and 3D motion tracking) for $60. Hell, you can get a fucking 360 for $150.

If Microsoft has some ingenious plan to get everyone to hate them... well done?

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#47 Edited by EXTomar (5047 posts) -

Eep, $150 is a new, modern video card for a PC. That feels a little too much for the stand alone Kinect.

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#48 Posted by CDUB901 (343 posts) -

Eh...I'll just buy one for $20 on ebay in about a year n a half to two years. Not getting burned for the full $150 again.

I'm not one to ever really regret a purchasing decision when it comes to gaming as I can usually find some kind of positive thing about it, but man that first kinect fucking sucked.

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#49 Posted by Corvak (1973 posts) -

As someone who bought the One with Kinect - the new sensor is what the first one wanted to be. It didn't even go through a long winded calibration, and was able to detect me right out of the box.

But in order to remove it from the box, Microsoft had to release a standalone. I don't think it's too expensive, and is probably in line with what it costs, plus the usual markup. Remember, anyone who wants one but doesnt own a One yet can just get the bundle and save $50 - this is only targeting people who buy the cheaper console and decide to partake in some dance games later.

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#50 Edited by Corevi (6796 posts) -
@corvak said:

As someone who bought the One with Kinect - the new sensor is what the first one wanted to be. It didn't even go through a long winded calibration, and was able to detect me right out of the box.

But in order to remove it from the box, Microsoft had to release a standalone. I don't think it's too expensive, and is probably in line with what it costs, plus the usual markup. Remember, anyone who wants one but doesnt own a One yet can just get the bundle and save $50 - this is only targeting people who buy the cheaper console and decide to partake in some dance games later.

The problem is that there are all of 2 games that require Kinect. 2. Neither are out yet.