In an attempt to sell more Xbox One hardware, Microsoft Corp. readies several all-new bundles of the console for this fall. The bundles will include free games, consoles with all-new designs, a console with 1TB hard drive and other bonuses. What is noteworthy is that all new bundles will come without Kinect motion sensor, which emphasizes dropping importance of the device for the software giant.
“We are excited to offer fans more choice and value than ever before,” said Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox division at Microsoft. “These bundles offer a great opportunity to enjoy Xbox One alongside an incredible line-up of first and third party games, making Xbox the best place to play this holiday and beyond.”
There will be four exclusive Xbox One bundles available this fall.
- The Xbox One limited edition “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” will include an Xbox One console with exclusive design and a 1TB hard disk drive, controller, a limited edition exoskeleton and a digital copy of the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” video game. The bundle is available for pre-order today for $499/£429.99/€499.99 and it will ship on the third of November.
- The Xbox One special edition “Sunset Overdrive” will come with a white console and wireless controller as well as a digital copy of the game, and special day one edition in-game items. The bundle is available for pre-order for $399/£349.99/€399.99; it will ship on the 28th of October.
- The Xbox One Fifa15 edition will include an Xbox One console, a controller, 14 day live trial, an HDMI cable, a headset, a digital token for “Fifa 15” and an ultimate team legends gold pack. This one will be available in Europe only starting the 25th of September for £349.99/€399.99.
- An Xbox 360 console bundle including “Fifa 15” will also be available in Europe starting the same date while stocks last.
The new bundles will bring improved storage capabilities, better designs and free games, but will not include Kinect motion sensors. This means that Microsoft will clearly remove its second-gen Kinect from the list of Xbox One’s advantages and has no plans to introduce, for example, an Xbox One bundle with a free Kinect. As a result, game developers will also cease to integrate support of Kinect into their games, which means that the accessory will simply be dropped by everyone.
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KitGuru Says: The demand for new bundles will help Microsoft to learn whether gamers need 1TB of storage and a white version of the Xbox One console. The destiny of Kinect is pretty obvious.