Since the release of the Xbox One, Microsoft has experienced a rough relationship with consumers due in part to the Kinect. When the company ditched the sensor and dropped the price of the console by $100, sales were said to have doubled with the new the $400 sensor-less console option in place. However, now Microsoft says that it's seeing a demand for the Kinect. On a post on Xbox Wire today, the company said it would begin offering a standalone Kinect unit on October 7.
While the Xbox One bundles without the Kinect dropped the price by $100, the standalone version of the Kinect comes with a $150 price tag. Consumers will get a little more for their money though, as Microsoft is bundling Harmonix's Dance Central Spotlight with the accessory. The game will be a download instead of a physical copy for those that buy the Kinect.
Microsoft said that it was going to announce a way for consumers to purchase the sensor separately once the cheaper bundled was put into place. However, it's made several other hardware announcements before news on the release the standalone Kinect was made. The release comes four months after the first bundles without the Kinect were sold. Prior to today's Kinect news, Microsoft announced gaming bundles and TV tuners for Europe.
Even with sales doubling of the $400 bundles without the Kinect, the Xbox One still lags behind Sony's PlayStation 4 in sales. June sales figures from NPD placed the two consoles within about 470,000 units of one another in the United States. Microsoft has been quiet about the sales numbers for the console, but the leaked June NPD figures gave the first look into the console's success.
Even with the Xbox One experiencing growth according to internal numbers at Microsoft, the PlayStation 4 claimed the crown for the best-selling console for the seventh month in a row in July. Sony added it had broken 10 million sales worldwide, but the company is baffled as to why the console is selling so well.