After Microsoft started offering the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor earlier this year to better complete with Sony's PS4, it was only a matter of time before a standalone Kinect was released. That time has now arrived, with a standalone Kinect to be available from October 7.
Microsoft claims that since it started offering the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor back in June for US$399, sales for the console have doubled. But along with a big bump in Xbox One sales, the company says demand has also risen significantly for the Kinect sensor.
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Demand is presumably coming from those who are having second thoughts about opting for the Kinect-free Xbox One or were short on cash when making their initial purchase and always intended to snap up a standalone Kinect when they became available.
The sensor beefs up the Xbox One's functionality with voice and gesture control capabilities that enable features such as biometric sign-in, voice control of TVs and set-top boxes via HDMI-in, instant scanning of QR codes, Skype video chat and enhanced gameplay for compatible titles.
The standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One will be priced at $150 and include a digital download of Dance Central Spotlight.