Microsoft Reveals Standalone Kinect 2.0 Details

Ever since Microsoft announced that they were dropping the Kinect as a mandatory accessory for the Xbox One, many have wondered how exactly the device would live on. Would there be a market for a standalone Kinect, and at what price would people be willing to pay for it? Microsoft may not have the answers to those questions, but they have revealed a few details about what we can expect.

Announced via Xbox Wire. the Kinect 2.0 for Xbox One will be available October 7th for $149.99, and will include a code to download Dance Central Spotlight, a game that features a soundtrack of “10 hot tracks”. How’s that for variety? The Xbox One is currently retailing for $399 without the Kinect, and as a point of reference, you could originally buy the Xbox One with Kinect 2.0 for $499.

I think it’s a fair question to ask who this product is for. If you want the Kinect 2.0, it stands to reason you would buy it with the Xbox One. The price drop was the biggest reason Microsoft dropped the Kinect in the first place, so offering it for basically $50 more seems like a losing proposition, and this doesn’t even take into account the upcoming  PC version of the Kinect 2.0, which will reportedly retail for $199. I see the allure there, especially for the modding community, but if it turns out there is a viable market for the standalone Kinect 2.0 for Xbox One, I will be surprised.