DealNews polled more than 900 of its readers last month and found that only 21 percent say they are more likely to purchase the Xbox One now that there is a cheaper, $399 version without the Kinect. Xbox 360 owners are also a bit weary — 58 percent said they won’t buy the $399 Xbox One, which hits store shelves June 9.
The survey also revealed that 43 percent of Xbox 360 owners have still not bought an Xbox One or Playstation 4, which retails at $399, due to price.
“This could mean one of a few different things: A) Users think $399 is still too much for the Xbox One, especially without the Kinect; B) These players have become happier with their 360; Or C) They don’t really know what they want,” wrote DealNews features editor Benjamin Glaser.
It will be interesting to see how much Xbox One sales increase, if at all, after the $100 price cut. The Xbox One still trails the $399 PS4 in worldwide sales, while Sony’s console has held a sales lead in the U.S. for the past four months.
Xbox exec Phil Harrison told OXM last month that lowering console prices and increasing demand will help the Xbox One ecosystem overall. His thinking is that the more gamers there are on Xbox One, the more developers will be enticed to make Xbox One games.
Still, Harrison added that Microsoft remains committed to Kinect “as the premium way to experience the Xbox One vision.” In fact, Xbox head Phil Spencer told CNET that the decision to offer an Xbox One without the Kinect will actually result in more Kinect unit sales in the end. Microsoft plans on selling a standalone Kinect in the future for that purchase the $399 Xbox One.
DealNews also found increasing interest in PC gaming and that 17 percent of respondents have played a single game for at least 20 hours straight — see the full results here.