The company is confident that the Kinect still has a viable future as a standalone product
Although the Xbox One was by no means a commercial flop, its sales since its launch in November last year have been consistently behind those of its main competitor, the PlayStation 4.Actually, the next-gen computer entertainment system from Sony, the PlayStation 4, is one of the fastest-selling consoles to date, and this fact prompted Microsoft to take action in order to improve the chances of its new Xbox hardware.
The latest change, Microsoft’s decision to go against its initial statement that the Kinect sensor was an integral part of the entire experience and strip it from the Xbox One, has seemingly been a pretty good idea.
“Our momentum has really improved in the past weeks and months and we’re obviously really happy about that. And by momentum I mean sales,” Harvey Eagle, Xbox marketing director, says to TrustedReviews.
The Kinect-less version of the Xbox One console’s price is much more attractive now, having been cut to equal the PlayStation 4’s. Microsoft seems to be taking some steps back from its initial enthusiasm in pushing the motion sensing peripheral, and the change is seemingly for the better.
The company has stated that it’s still confident in the power and viability of the Kinect as a standalone product, but the fact still remains that, with the small GPU performance gain and the massive price tag slash, the Xbox One is in a much better place right now.