The reputation of the Kinect has taken yet another blow due to the positive sales figures of the Xbox One in June. In April and May, shortly after Microsoft announced it would drop the price to $399 and strip the machine of the Kinect, its sales figures dipped to Wii U levels. Since the new option became available, the Xbox One has recovered and sales have nearly doubled according to Microsoft.
Xbox Wire pinpoints this success on the new Kinect-less model and the positive reception to the holiday lineup at E3. We’re pointing to just the $399 model. Remember, holiday 2014 isn’t that exciting on any front.
Microsoft didn’t provide any raw numbers, but it claims, “Over the past month, we’ve seen a strong spike in interest in our Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering, and the amazing lineup of games announced during E3.”
Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9th, we’ve seen sales of Xbox One more than double* in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales.
If the prices for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are now the same, who is going to come out on top of the NPDs for June do you think? Something tells me that the PlayStation 4 still has too much momentum for Microsoft to handle, and neither have a game changing exclusive to shake it up yet.