Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would be selling Kinect 2.0 as a standalone device. This was great news for fans worldwide as this meant you could get an Xbox One without the Kinect for as little as $399. This was $100 less than the original asking price, so users were naturally excited.
However, this announcement also brought up another question as to what the company was planning to do with a standalone device. Microsoft later revealed it would release two different versions of the sensor, one which works on a Windows desktop while the other that works with the Xbox One.
Although Microsoft said it would release the device around November, the company has surprisingly made it available on its estore today. According to the website, the standalone Kinect for Windows is currently available for pre-order for $199. It also says that the device will release on July 15.
In addition, the product page describes the device as, gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice- and gesture-based applications for the Windows desktop and Windows Store.
So, developers and Kinect fans who were waiting to get their hands on the device can gladly order one for themselves. But let me remind you, this is not the Xbox One compatible model and hence, you won’t be able to connect it with your console.
Another interesting thing to note here is how Microsoft has priced its console and peripherals. The Xbox One with Kinect version would set you back $500 while the one without the sensor will cost $400. However, the company is selling the standalone Kinect for windows for $199. This means, if the company prices the standalone console for Xbox One around the same figure as the one for Windows, you will be naturally better off buying it together.
However, we don’t expect the Xbox One Kinect to be as pricey as this one. It would definitely be costlier than $100 (which is the price difference of the two Xbox models), but it may not be as much as $200. So, one can expect it to be priced anywhere around $150.
To be frank, there’s not a lot of demand for Kinect as most of the games run well even without the extra sensor. So, unless Microsoft has something big in store for the standalone device, we don’t expect it be priced more than $150.
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