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Retailers Seeing Stronger Interest In Xbox One
Retailers, such as GameStop, are seeing an increased interest in Microsoft’s Xbox One following the company’s decision to reduce its price by $100.
GameStop’s president has stated the following during the company’s financial earnings call yesterday, claiming there’s a stronger demand for the system. “I definitely think we’re already seeing in our stores [that] there’s a stronger demand as a result of the price drop,” GameStop president Tony Bartel said. “The good news for us is… we’ll sell a lot more units.
“And that means there will be more [Xbox One] units out there to put software on.”
It was a little over a week ago that Microsoft announced that it’ll be severing the Kinect from Xbox One in future bundles starting on June 9, the day of it’s E3 press conference. This new Kinect-less bundle, as already mentioned, will cost $399 USD rather than the current price of $499. This brings Microsoft’s asking price in line with Sony’s, with the former’s PS4 retailing at $399 as well.
Microsoft, though, has still defended its decision to bundle the motion device into the Xbox One console itself at launch. It even briefly investigated building the Kinect into Xbox One, but aesthetic issues forced the company to scrap the idea.
Both Microsoft and Sony are promising a jam-packed E3 press conference, with the latter claiming it’ll only talk about software while the former has filed a handful of game-related trademarks just last month.