The Xbox Kinect seems to have fallen off the face of the planet, or so it seems.

Every Xbox bundle announced since the release has slowly phased out the inclusion of the Kinect, prompting users to purchase the Kinect separately. While the Kinect still is an active part of the voice and live streaming features on the Xbox One the price point for the Kinect has put it a bit out of range for some players.

Today Microsoft thas announced that the standalone Kinect for the console has gotten a price drop. Originally priced at $150 at launch the Kinect is now only $99 and just in time for the holidays. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson “nearly half” of all Xbox One owners use the Kinect. However, “nearly half” means less than half of the total so in the grand scheme not a significant amount of users have the Kinect or actively use it. However, Microsoft has not given up on the Kinect. According ot Major Nelson, Microsoft continues to invest in the Kinect. “We are also continuing to invest in Kinect, and are looking forward to launching the Cortana personal assistant on Xbox One in 2016.” 

At the initial E3 announcement of the Kinect it was understood that it was an integral part of the Xbox One experience. However, it doesn’t seem that it has lived up to the consumer expectations. Microsoft is working to include the Kinect in more systems and create new user experiences.

Do you use a Kinect with your Xbox One? Have you had any issues? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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