Microsoft’s Xbox One will achieve price parity with Sony’s competing PlayStation 4 on June 9. It’s on that date that a new One SKU sans Kinect sensor will become available for a $399 MSRP, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced today on Xbox Wire. This cheaper Kinect-free take on on the Xbox One will be sold in all markets in which the console is currently available.
Spencer noted the importance of fan feedback to the console holder, alluding to changes such as the elimination of the once-planned always-online feature of the Xbox One due to massive gamer backlash. “Today, we’re excited to share more ways your feedback is impacting the products we build,” he added.
The Head of Xbox also took the opportunity to point out that Microsoft isn’t forgetting about the millions of gamers who already have a Kinect sensor. “To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision,” Spencer wrote. “Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console.”
The Xbox One originally launched with a packed-in Kinect motion sensor in November of 2013 for an MSRP of $499. Sony’s PlayStation 4 first became available that same month for $399 and has maintained an edge in unit sales at least in part because of that price difference.
Microsoft will continue selling the Kinect-bundled Xbox One SKU alongside the cheaper variant, much the same way it simultaneously offered multiple versions of its Xbox 360 at different price points last generation. Meanwhile, a standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor is planned for retail this fall. No pricing details were announced.
Source: Xbox Wire