The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.
You can buy an Xbox One without a Kinect, and now you can buy a Kinect without an Xbox One, too.
Microsoft says it plans to release the new motion-sensing device to developers starting July 15 for $199 each.
Microsoft brings the price of its Xbox One in line with Sony's PlayStation 4. Will the move boost Xbox One sales?
After Xbox head Phil Spencer tweets about a console power boost, the company confirms units without Kinect can access more of its GPU.
Commentary: Microsoft saw it could boost sales by unbundling the Kinect. Nintendo might gain from a similar strategy.
Microsoft isn't giving up on Kinect. It wants players to think of its console with the motion camera as the true Xbox gaming experience.
The cheaper price represents a major shift for Microsoft, as does a decision to drop the annual fee to access streaming content services.
Rolling out as of Monday night, the latest update hosts improvements to game saves, video quality, and the Kinect.
Microsoft is inching closer to delivering the second version of its Kinect for Windows sensor, and is showing off what the final hardware will look like.