Microsoft's recently announced Kinect-less Xbox One is also serving as a $100 price drop for the system, in a move that seems aimed at closing the remaining gap between it and PlayStation 4. That gambit appears likely to work, as GameStop recently noted it has seen increased interest in the console at its stores since the announcement.
"I definitely think we're already seeing in our stores [that] there's a stronger demand as a result of the price drop," GameStop president Tony Bartel said in an earnings call (via IGN). "The good news for us is... we'll sell a lot more units. And that means there will be more [Xbox One] units out there to put software on."
Xbox head Phil Spencer has said that offering a Kinect-free option was one part of his three-pronged approach to satisfy fan demands. The other two were bringing Games with Gold to Xbox One, and removing the Gold requirement for entertainment apps. All three were announced alongside the new Xbox model. The company hasn't abandoned Kinect entirely, though. Spencer mentioned that a standalone version will still be coming later, and marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi said that bundling Kinect was still "the right call" for the initial launch.