Head of Xbox says plans to decouple Kinect from Xbox One began in April

In an interview with Ars Technica, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed that efforts to offera no-Kinect edition of Xbox Onebegan as soon as he joined the Xbox team five weeks ago and that today’s out-of-nowhere announcement was meant to “get the product and the choice in front of consumers as soon as possible.”

Beginning June 9, Xbox One consoles without Kinect sensors will be available at retail for $399, dropping the system’s current retail price by $100. (Pre-orders of the new SKU have already gone live atAmazonandBest Buy.) Consoles that include Kinect will still be manufactured, and while Spencer couldn’t confirm what percentage of produced systems will be decoupled from Kinect, “we’re building as many of both as we can,” he said. “Over time, [the total percentage] will play out as consumers make their decisions.”


David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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