Xbox One to be sold without KinectWatch
Big news indeed for the Xbox One! Arguably some would say that it's overdue, but it's still quite a shock to see this coming out of the blue (preceded only by a tweet at about 3.45 today, 15 minutes before this announcement). Clearing the way for other announcements at E3, perhaps!
Here's an extract from the story on the Xbox site:
£350 deals on the One with Kinect crop up fairly routinely now and bundles with desirable games like Titanfall are also consistently being sold for under £400 on Amazon. Not to mention it still only matches the PS4's RRP, so isn't going to win any converts/fence sitters over with massive savings. Hopefully this "barebones" XB1 will drop in price correspondingly or they go aggressive with the bundles, otherwise for the sake of £20-£40 I'd pick up one up in a bundle with Kinect on the rare hope they later develop an innovation I actually want to use!
It may well, but that'll be down to individual retailer discounts rather than RRP. Levels of demand will probably be a factor here. I'd not be particularly surprised to see this, but I'd say that it's far from a certainty for now.
Consoles and games being significantly more expensive here than in the US is nothing new. Unfortunately
Once you have paid all of the import costs, probably not. It'd also be a ballache if you ever had to return it. Even if it costs a bit more to buy here, if you ever have an issue with it, you'd be able to sort it out so much easier.
After shipping and taxes, I doubt it. Remember that the US price won't include sales tax, whereas the UK price includes VAT. There's also the issue of different power supplies and support.
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[Excluding cases of an "unnaturally" high demand, such as AMD GPUs at the height of GPU mining, or if there is a sudden drop in supply, such as with HDDs a few years back due to flooding]
I hated the very idea of Xbone since the E3 announcement of always on DRM, no second hand games, kinect, etc. But I'm amazed they actually LISTENED to consumer feedback and changed it! I never expected that from Microsoft. All it takes is a swift kick to the sales from Sony