Poll: Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?

May 15, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Starting June 9th, gamers will be able to purchase the Xbox One without the Kinect for $399.99, the same price the PS4 currently retails for.

That should level the playing field a bit, no?

As of early April, Sony announced that it had sold more than 7 million units.  Microsoft says Xbox One has sold more than 5 million.  Will unbundling the Kinect help the Xbox One sell more consoles?  Enough to catch the PS4 by the year's end?

Put on your Pachter hats and make with the prognostications!  Vote in the poll and leave your comments below.  EZK and I will give this topic some lip on next week's podcast.

And I'm sure I'll be able to weasel a bit 'o Nintendo talk in there somewhere...

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?

Maybe, but it'll kill the kinect.

Without it in the box, and the massive split in the user base, the kinect itself isn't going to survive.

The bone though.. depends on how fast they can get a decent enough exclusive out to actually pick it up.

First come first serve, and lower price will likely take the lead too. MS should know that, they won the last round by releasing early, lacking devices (The HD-DVD drive), and managed a lower price with junk parts. They easily took the market well before the PS3 even got out. This time.. PS4 came first, has a lower price, and lacking its obvious later additions.  Its same situation, but from the other team.

Re: Poll: Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?

I'll say this: it eliminates one reason I had for not buying a Bone.

Re: Poll: Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?

Why would we put on Pachter hats to make guesses? Shouldn't we put on the hats of people who know what the hell they're talking about and are occasionally right? Pachter's not even a video game guy, he's just some random finance guys who occasionally offers incredibly ill-informed opinions about video games.

Anyway, this will help the Bone, now that it has removed the albatross from its neck, but their dedication to screwing up gave Sony such a head start that I don't think they'll catch them. Close the gap, sure, but I think Sony has it in the bag this generation. The Bone would need to throw down some absolutely killer exclusives, and I don't think they can. The consoles this gen didn't really do much different from the last gen beyond "be a little shinier," and MS just jettisoned the one unique thing their console did. It was stupid, pointless, jacked up the price, and an attempt to make an accessory nobody cared about last time mandatory, but it was at least unique.

Re: Poll: Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?

No. The Sony PS3 came out with some amazing services that benefited the consumer but ultimately SONY's PR disaster that was the PS3 launch caused the PS3 to sort of stay in second place. With the Xbox 360's defective machines and PR disaster that was the Xbox One launch it literally set Microsoft back a console generation. What Microsoft has to do is years of trying to make right to the customer. Sony has done this and they've been rewarded with new customers and loyal old customers. I've said this before Bioware Customer Service does not work. You cannot hate, rag on, name call, and demean your customers otherwise YOU LOSE.
 
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