Letting buyers choose whether they want a Kinect with their Xbox One will mean more games created for the system, Microsoft's European Studios boss Phil Harrison has reasoned.
Microsoft hopes to boost system sales with a new $399 / £349 Xbox One package planned to launch in June, which drops the previously standard Kinect sensor. Harrison told OXM: "Fundamentally that is good for opening up the Xbox One ecosystem - the more consumers who buy Xbox One, it's a virtuous cycle for more developers to make and more consumers to play games, and that is what we're committed to achieving and continuing."
He added that Microsoft remains "committed to Kinect as the premium way to experience the Xbox One vision", and observed that more than 80 percent of Kinect Xbox One users are active.
The first part of Harrison's cycle appears to already be working: US retailer GameStop has observed increased consumer interest in the console thanks to the cheaper, Kinect-less version, GameSpot reports.
"I definitely think we're already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there's a stronger demand as a result of the price drop," the firm's president Tony Bartel said in a financial call Thursday. Xbox One sold 115,000 units in the US in April before the announcement, trailing PS4 system sales for the month.
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