Analyst Believes Microsoft Will Remove Kinect from Xbox One Bundle

Mar 10, 2014 by  

Xbox One Removes Kinect from Bundle

Those who’ve kept up to date on gaming news in recent years have undoubtedly been subject to one or more of Wedbrush Securities analyst Michael Pachter’s predictions. One of the more recent claims from Pachter is that the PS4 will outsell Xbox One by 66%, but he also believes that Sony’s forthcoming PlayStation Now service is a “joke.”

With that in mind, it’s not surprising to hear that the vocal and heavily publicized analyst is at it again, but this time he believes that Microsoft will make some notable changes to its current Xbox One SKU.

In the latest edition of Bonus Round, Pachter laid down a prediction that Microsoft will be ditching the mandatory camera peripheral in favor of a Kinect-less Xbox One bundle. This speculation, while a move that’s been heavily requested by gamers for quite some time, does make a lot of sense for Microsoft, and Pachter points to the current price point of the hardware as incentive enough to remove Kinect as a mandatory feature.

“I think this is a price game. I think unbundling Kinect is the smartest way to get competitive right away.”

“Just the way they introduced the 4 GB Xbox after a couple years, they’ll bring one out and it’ll be something that’ll look a little dumbed down… I think they’ll actually pick the core model and put a 2 TB hard drive in it, and then the dumbed down one will have a 500 GB hard drive, and it’ll have no Kinect, and it’ll be 400 bucks. That’s the easiest way to do the price cut. The problem is that if by spring ’15 they cut the price to $400, Sony goes 349 for ours! Sony right now is in a position to stay ahead of them, and this is what happened with the PS2. PS2 kept taking share by cutting price.”

Xbox One Without Kinect

Since Sony launched the PlayStation 4 $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, it’s not overly surprising to hear that the PS4 has taken the lead with a whopping 6 million sold within four months. In order to remain competitive, Microsoft will have to do more than package Titanfall with the Xbox One to make it fly off store shelves. Dropping mandatory Kinect support opens up the console to a price drop, which could put it on par with the cost of Sony’s latest hardware.

As Pachter points out, however, Sony could then very well undercut Microsoft in price again – allowing the PS4 to remain the cheaper console. It’s still too soon to determine which console will win the war, but removing Kinect from the Xbox One bundle is a viable option to lower the price.

Do you think Microsoft should remove Kinect from the Xbox One bundle? Would you pick up the console if it was $100 cheaper?

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  1. I absolutely would be a ton more interested in the Xbone if it was $100 cheaper with no kinect. I’ll probably still wait till this fall since I ended up getting titanfall on PC for $50.

    • parents are going to get the ps4 because its cheaper. they wont give a **** if the kid wants a one because its the parent buying it. so the price is probably the biggest factor in sony winning in the casuals. the hardcore are going for ps4 because its not only cheaper but its got the better hardware and ps+ is an amazing subscription. not to mention every hardcore knows about what ms tried to do to the gamers and that will stick for a while.

      but being cheaper will help out ms so much because there are more casuals than hardcores.

  2. I wont be buying either ps4 or xbox one. Whats the point? My PC is way better then either of them. Consoles are just a rip off i think. They will never be better then a gaming PC.

    • What’s the point buying either of them? The exclusives. Hands down. I understand if you are a casual gamer though.

    • It’s only a rip off if you’re into computers and tech. I have zero interest (or ability) in technology, but have always been obsessed with gaming. Consoles are simple to use and maintain for me, and most importantly have games that PC doesn’t. PC is undoubtedly superior, but only if you value the ways in which it’s superior, which I and many don’t.

  3. Never thought I’d say this, but…. man I hope Michael Pachter is right.

    • He’s batting around .000 For this generation, so…

      That’s said, its not like Pachter’s analysis has been bad. He’s assumed MS would carry over it’s install base advantages. He’s looking at pure techspecs in denouncing PSNow as a failed service sight unseen. Very reasonable guesses. MS really failed to create a value proposition to match its price point, and until it does, it’s the sick man this generation.

  4. Even if the price drops a $100 I’ll probably still wait until the fall, when Quantum Break and Sunset Overdrive drop. For now, it’s honestly about the games for me – the systems don’t really matter much. I’m happy with my PS4, and until the day comes where there’s a game that comes out that I can only get on Xbox One that would be worth me buying the system, I can wait. That being said, I do actually want to own both systems eventually.

  5. I own both consoles. and to be honest the Xbox is built solely around the kinect, I cant c it working with out it, it would loose so much of its core functions. I my self have come to not only use the voice commands on the kinect frequently, it has become core to my routine. The ps4 is a amazing gaming machine and ps+ is awsome but theres not much else to it. the xbox is the clear winner in future tech and innovation. The xbox just feels next gen with all the voice commands wich work surprsingly well. Call me crazy but I think the xbox will actully win this console war in the long run. I do love my ps4 tho as well.

    • Dude dont you understand? No one wins the console war. It’s not a ranking system. There is no judge panel counting the talleys. No one being held hostage or a wounded solider holding up a white flag. It’s has and will always be nothing more then fan boys who buy up one console and bash the other to presserve their “Geek status.” There is no winner from the last gen console wars and there will be no winner this time. It’s a ever lasting fight that will only end when video games have gone extinct.

  6. Microsoft should do whatever it has to in order to become successful and be competitive. While I own a Day One system and am happy with it, I want the One to be around for the long haul!

  7. I would rsther pay the full 500 and grt all the content then gow ithout the key feature of the k8nect. Now im not a big kinect user but having one is part of the bundle and should remain so. Etc etc

  8. I will prolly just skip xbox one completely this gen . I can’t stand that kinect . it is a useless thing . MS tried to screw everyone over this gen they deserve to fail and fail hard .

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