Microsoft today announced plans to sell the Xbox One Kinect sensor separately. The standalone option comes with Dance Central Spotlight (available as a digital download with 10 tracks) and is set to go on sale on October 7 for $149.99.
The standalone Kinect sensor is going on sale some four months after the company began offering the the Xbox One without Kinect for $399.99. Given that the Xbox One was originally offered for $499, some may be disappointed that the sensor isn’t available for $100. Nevertheless, the price tag is still lower than Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, which goes for $199.
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Microsoft said that it saw Xbox One sales double in June after the new Kinect-less Xbox One option became available, but it didn’t offer specific sales numbers. Today the company claimed it has “also seen increased demand for Xbox One with Kinect” and reiterated that it still believes “Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV and entertainment come alive with premium experiences.”