Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $149.99.
Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console.
Microsoft has announced the Xbox 360 Holiday Bundles for this year, going on sale next week and shipping out beginning on September 16th. Microsoft is offering three versions of the Holiday bundles, all priced at $249.
Sales of the Xbox 360 have been reasonable despite the next generation Xbox One being released late last year.
Microsoft sent out some Xbox One PR today to various outlets, you may have seen the numbers. Over 1 million Xbox One (our review) consoles sold within 24 hours! That's pretty good, and far better than the Xbox 360 sold on its opening day, marking a new record for Microsoft.
But let's make sure to put the numbers in perspective.
Microsoft has released pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect motion and voice sensing controller. Arriving before Christmas and packaged with a game, Microsoft is going aggressive with its controllerless push. News also of a new 4GB Xbox 360 Arcade model hitting the market.
Reversing the sales trend that came in for December, PlayStation 4 has beat out Xbox One sales by almost a two to one margin. It’s good news for the hardware side, but video game sales show a sharp drop from last year’s numbers.
As far as sales of video games, the numbers are a bit bleaker.
Microsoft may have done a lot to encourage new people to buy the Xbox One by removing the Kinect from the basic bundle and dropping the price by $100 accordingly, but it still can’t catch up to the PlayStation 4. According to new numbers from NPD, Sony’s console is the top-selling U.S.
Wait a minute, how can this be? The industry slumps yet all players say they had a great year. Obviously you can do anything with numbers. Sony reports strongest platform results for the Australian video-game industry.
Interview: iTWire sat down with Frazer Scott Acting Marketing Director for Xbox in Australia and asked him to elaborate on the new Xbox 360 slim as well as the no-controller Kinect system and what this new hardware will mean for Australians.