MICROSOFT HAS PROUDLY REVEALED that its decision to sell an Xbox One model without the Kinect system has doubled sales of the games console.
The Kinect is supposed to be a big part of the Xbox One games console experience. It is what you can bark instructions at, and it tracks your moves when you make a lamentable stab at one of its interactive sports games.
Microsoft though, decided to drop it from console packages so it could appeal to punters that want a cheaper option. That cunning plan has worked, according to Microsoft's press geyser.
"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," it said on its news feed.
"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."
The Redmond firm hopes that its Xbox One fans will take a Morlockian approach to the summer and stay indoors shooting things and kicking other things in the face.
"We're excited to welcome so many fans to Xbox this summer and we can't wait for them to get their hands on the wide selection of new games available this year on Xbox One," it added before running through a selection of titles that we should expect to see during the rest of the year.
These include the Halo collection and a new Forza racing title. µ
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