If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kinect sensor for your Xbox One or waiting for the price of an Xbox One Kinect bundle to drop, today’s your lucky day. Microsoft has just announced a price drop of both the Kinect sensor and the Xbox One Kinect bundle.
Starting today, and for a limited-time only, the standalone Kinect sensor drops from its $149USD price to $99USD/$109CAD/$1,999MXN in North America. The Xbox One Kinect bundle on the other hand is now priced at $399USD/$449CAD/$7,999MXN and includes a 500GB Xbox One console, Kinect Sensor, Xbox One wireless controller, and three full games – Dance Central Spotlight, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Zoo Tycoon. The bundle is available on the Microsoft Store (with the added bonus of an additional game of your choice through November 5th which sweetens the pot even more), and Amazon, as well as other retailers.
While the Kinect has received cool reception and the majority of Kinect units sold shipped when it was included with every Xbox One bundle, Microsoft indicates that nearly half of Xbox One owners are using Kinect today. The Kinect sensor will also be a crucial component when the Cortana personal assistant is launched on the Xbox One next year, although there are rumours that Cortana will also receive headset support.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Kinect, here’s some of the best ways to get the most out of your Xbox One with it.
Voice Commands: Voice command capabilities rank consistently among the most used Kinect functions and let you experience greater convenience and control with Kinect for Xbox One. Navigate your console without lifting a finger. Instantly capture screenshots and game clips. And change TV channels without ever searching for the remote. It’s time to get the most out of your Xbox One.
Wake up your Xbox One and TV: Take command of your entertainment. Turn your console on and off by simply saying “Xbox on” or “Xbox, turn off.”
Automatic Recognition: Be recognized and signed-in automatically when turning on your console, so you can spend more time gaming.
Multi-tasking made easy: By snapping an app with Kinect Voice Commands, you can multitask the activities most valuable to you. Simply move the app to one side of your screen where it will continue to run while you do something else on the main part of your screen.
Connect with Skype and Twitch: Keep in touch with friends and family on your TV with Skype for Xbox One. You can also broadcast your gameplay live with picture-in-picture through Twitch. Just launch the app and simply say “Xbox, Broadcast”.
You are the Controller: Use your whole body and voice to control games like Dance Central Spotlight, Kinect Sports Rivals, Zoo Tycoon, and more with incredible precision.
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