Posted on August 27, 2014 AT 11:04am
Microsoft has announced that a standalone version of the Xbox One Kinect will be available at retailers starting October 7—nearly four full months after the company started selling a Kinect-free model of their newest console.
The accessory will retail for $149.99 and include a code to download Dance Central Spotlight, the latest entry in Harmonix’s popular dancing franchise that’s slated to launch on September 2 . For the math-challenged among you, that means buying the system and Kinect separately will cost you around $50 more than if you got them bundled together—or $40 more, if you factor in Spotlight‘s $10 price tag.
Of course, Microsoft also launched the UBS 3.0/Windows compatible version of the sensor for $199.99 in July, so things could certainly be worse.
Regardless, there should be—at least potentially—a sizable market for this standalone Kinect. Microsoft announced that the unbundled Xbox One had more than doubled the console’s sales in its first month of availability, and none of the recently announced bundles coming later this year will include the accessory.
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