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In Theory: Can Microsoft produce a new, cut-price Xbox One?

Digital Foundry on the business case and the production realities.

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Applejack872d ago

"Removing Kinect may please the core gamer, but the peripheral is there for a reason. Microsoft sees it as the key component in its media integration strategy."

Kinect is one of if not the main reason why the Xbox One costs so much. I get that Microsoft wanted to push the device on every console so developers would use it but as of right now, it's simply a navigation tool for many. I believe it would have been smarter for Microsoft to release a Kinect bundle at launch for $499 AND a Kinectless bundle for $399. If the Kinect bundle didn't sell nearly as much as the other, then that should be really telling.

Hellsvacancy871d ago

They'll get rid it "they don't call us the 180s for nothing"

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christocolus871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

You are right. I believe they should have gone that route,doing so would have given consumers more choice. They will announce a version for 399 or less. Not sure what they will drop but gamespot says they were informed by an insider that the current version(with kinect) will drop to $399.which means the rumored discless version(with kinect) may be well below that price maybe $359.

Charybdis871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

Don't think they will get rid of the kinect in the first year, because:
It will fragment their market.
It is main differentiator between the two consoles.
Promised to developers that every x1 console will have kinect functionality.
Hdmi in (console) and ir blaster (kinect) are important to media functionality of xb1.
mass production allows them to reduce cost of kinect.
X1 sales are still doing well, though ps4 sales are doing better.

Removing kinect from xb1 will most likely result in another marketing fiasco. Gamers will see it as a sign of weakness. The name 'one' will make even less sense. It will still be the weaker console but without the advantages of kinect.

Bathyj871d ago

But the console was built around it. They can't just flip a switch.

ABizzel1871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

@Applejack

I completely agree, the one thing I'd say differently is it would be smart to remove Kinect at least a year later, than at launch. If Kinect is Microsoft's vision, then having it mandatory for the first year means that however many console sales they sell that's a guaranteed number of Kinects out there, which will help them gain support somewhat.

Eventually Kinect is going to have to come out of the XBO, but I don't see it happening until holiday 2015 - holiday 2016 at the earliest (they should have 20+ million sold, and that should be a good amount to get people supporting Kinect). Also by 2015 price cuts should be happening for the PS4 if Sony decides to, and MS is going to have to react. A $300 - $350 PS4 vs. $500 XBO isn't going to happen, because the PS4 will destroy it in sales if a $200 price gap ever occurred.

My current guess for MS plan with the XBO is:

Holiday 2014: (Holding out to see if market share breaks away from them)
$499 console bundles with 1 game, an extra controller, 1 - 3 month(s) of XBL

Holiday 2015: (DDR3 price drop as DDR4 mass production begins which means a $50 price drop at most, but they may have to bite the bullet and do a $100 price drop, and take a loss)
$449/$399 console bundles with 2 games, an extra controller, 3 - 12 months of XBL.

Holiday 2016: (Sales should be over 30 million meaning Kinect can finally be sold separately, APU production cost drops, DDR3 being phased out, this basically means MS is making full profit off the console from now on.)
$399 Kinect bundle + 1 game and an extra controller
$299 Kinect-less SKU

truefan1871d ago

How about they not remove Kinect and people who don't want to pay $500 don't buy it, problem solved. MSFT is about profit margins, if they truly wanted to outsell ps4 they would have undercut the price from the start.

Hicken871d ago

That doesn't solve the problem of people who want an XB1 but don't want the Kinect, or people who don't want to spend $500 for the system.

You're right about one thing, though: Microsoft is all about profit. Moreso than any other company in gaming. It's actually one of the (many) reasons so many gamers take issue with them.

DoubleM70871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

@Hicken

They all about profit if they were not they would be in bussiness.

Aceman18871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

For me to purchase one I hope it gets redesigned (I'm not in love with the cable box look), and the camera taking out with a lower price.

If they somehow remove the blu ray drive I will definitely not be purchasing the system. Let's hope those rumors remain just that rumors.

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XiSasukeUchiha872d ago

Remove Kinect and make the price $350 and I'm in

BakPAin871d ago

With all the shit you talk about xbox I doubt you are ever gonna buy an xbox! But yeah a $350 Kinectless sku would be nice.

EricCartman871d ago

but if the rumors are true like Halo 2 aniversary and gears of war in 2016...
MS is going to remove the bluray disc instead of the kinect and thats a no no....

MasterCornholio871d ago

It makes sense as well since its less powerful than the PS4. Doesn't mean that its a bad console though just an overpriced one.

lipton101871d ago

Personally, I'd get an xbox one if kinect was removed. I was hardcore 360 last gen and there's still a few stragglers on my friends list that went x1 instead of ps4 as the majority of my friends (local friends) did. I picked up the astro a50 the other day for $300 but personally I cannot justify spending $500 on a less powerful console that includes a peripheral I'd never use

ABizzel1871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

And this is the voice of myself and many right here. Only difference is my PS3 and 360 were loved about the same.

360 took home the first couple of years, PS3 took 2009 then on.

Excalibur872d ago

Remove Kincet give me a 1TB HDD and make the price the same as the PS4 and I'm in.

etownone871d ago

You have to wonder Microsoft is reading forums and the Internet because it seems the people do not want to Kinnect. I have an Xbox 1 and the gimmick of connect last about 2 days.

MS is going to lose a lot of gamers this Gen.... And once someone buys one next Gen console... Really no sense in buying the other.... Unless you have time and money to burn.

Make an Xbox One without Kinnect for $399 and sell Kinnect separately..... Or just drop the price to $399 altogether.

KingDadXVI871d ago

The reason that the Kinect will not be removed is because it is a part of the console. If they took Kinect away I would just buy a PS4. It defines the console.

It is also only 3 months after launch. There will be games and apps for it and not just fully motion games. Lots of games and apps will be able to use it to add nuance to the game while still using the controller for the main play mechanics.

Here is a good example of a simple idea that could be taken up by a developer and brought to maturity.

http://ca.ign.com/articles/...

As far as MS reading the forums they would be foolish to do so. The vast majority of the purchasing public do not read forums or care to read them. They get there information from traditional media. We as forum readers are a subculture and represent a very small minority.

The Kinect is going no where despite what the few core gamers want. I know many people who have bought an Xbox One and 8 out of 10 say that they love the Kinect after getting used to it and would not like it if it was removed and that really represents the majority of people who buy consoles not the forum trolls who would not like it if it spat money out at them every day.

etownone871d ago (Edited 871d ago )

Well...

As of now...
I only use Kinext to turn my Xbox on. That's it.

And I understand Kinect is integrated into the system.... And it would be hard to sell one without it.... But like I said. MS is going to lose a lot of costumers this gen..... Because the majority don't care for it.

Edit *
And the video you posted.... Just wack. Looks cool, and would be cool to try.... For about 5 minutes.

wooferine871d ago

Agreed. I'm sure Microsoft is working on apps and games to utilize Kinect and perhaps find that one killer application that will make Kinect a must have.

KingDadXVI871d ago

@etownone

You fail to understand that there isn't even a majority of Xbox One owners on N4G that don't like the Kinect let alone the majority of non core gamers that will buy the console (note I said Xbox One owners, not PS4, 360, WiiU, etc. owners). Yes, there are some people who don't like it. Some people don't like spaghetti either but that does not mean others don't like it. The majority of owners (not bloggers, websites, etc. looking for clicks) but owners happen to enjoy using the Kinect.

I happen to use the Kinect for Dead Rising and BF4 and it works great. The leaning in BF4 works well but I admit that turning your head is kind of useless but so what. I use the features that work for me.

I agree that the game looks cool and also agree that I would get annoyed with it after a few minutes. But neither you or I are the target audience for that game and it was developed in 48 hours by an Indie. The point of me posting that video is the possibilities that no one has even thought up yet for the Kinect. On top of that we have Twitch coming soon and it will let anyone insert video of themselves into their streams without purchasing anything else. Not everyone will use that feature but that is OK because it is not the only feature.

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