Updated 10:28 AM EST, Thu, Dec 02, 2021

Xbox One Kinect to Go on Sale; Standalone Price Tag More Expensive

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Microsoft is rolling out a standalone Kinect and it is priced quite steep compared to how much it'd cost in a bundle.

The standalone Kinect, according to Microsoft, will cost gamers and Xbox One users some $150 should they decide to purchase. The sensor is bundled with a digital download of "Dance Central Spotlight," the newest title of the dance franchise from Harmonix. Microsoft added that the game features 10 "hot tracks."

"With an all-new soundtrack and more than 50 songs available as add-on content at launch, more routines per song than ever before, and a 1- to 2-player dance experience tailored for the Xbox One, Dance Central Spotlight is the next generation of motion dance games," Harmonix described the game.

It makes sense for the Kinect sensor to be bundled with a motion dance game but the price is a bit surprising. Per Time, many are expecting that the standalone device would cost around $100 given that Xbox One with Kinect costs $500 while the game console alone without Kinect is priced at $400.

"But there's packaging to consider, plus intangibles like the development value of being able to depend on Kinect's presence in a given home," said Time.

The outlet added, "And of course there's Microsoft's right to jack up the price any way it likes. This is a company that, for years, managed to sell a proprietary Wi-Fi USB dongle for the Xbox 360 at two to three times the asking price for similar PC parts, after all."

Microsoft maintains that the reason for rolling out a standalone Kinect is the "increased demand for Xbox One with Kinect." The company adds that it has "always believed in the magic Kinect brings to Xbox One."

The "magic" will cost interested buyers $50 more but Microsoft presented quite a lot of features and activities made possible by Kinect - all to provide "premium experience." The list includes "voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes" as well as "voice broadcasting, recording gameplay and Natural Voice search via Bing."

It can be recalled that a Windows version of Kinect was launched mid-July and is priced even higher at almost $200.

Microsoft has also previously announced other Xbox One bundles - all without Kinect sensors, that is.

The "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" bundle throws in a customized game console with 1TB hard drive and a wireless controller on top of game download and in-game bonus content.

"Sunset Overdrive" is also bundled with a Cirrus white Xbox One console with wireless controller, full game download and Day One edition downloadable content.

"Madden NFL 15" is also available in a bundle with the Microsoft game console plus token for three Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro packs.

It looks like those who are bent on owning a Kinect sensor have no choice but to fork out $150. Will you be buying it?

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