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Xbox One price cut and Kinect removal hinted by insider

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The Xbox One may be getting a new price cut and bundle later this summer. According to a report from Softpedia on Feb. 14, an industry insider claimed that Microsoft is already planning to reduce the price of the newly-released next-generation system.

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The console manufacturer could be selling the Xbox One for $399.99 without the Kinect camera in just a few months. The same bundle could also include a free video game. The insider stated that Microsoft will be waiting to see the hardware sales results over the next two months before deciding when to release the new bundle.

The NPD report for the first month of 2014 revealed that the PS4 sold twice as much as the Xbox One in the United States. Furthermore, the worldwide sales showed that Sony’s new console has a healthily lead over Microsoft’s product.

One of the biggest reasons for the disparities may be the price tag. The Xbox One costs $100 more than the PS4 despite being the weaker console in terms of raw graphical power. The removal of the Kinect camera should help Microsoft drop the price of the next-generation system without having to incur huge losses in the process.

The Xbox One was released on Nov. 22nd last year in select territories, including the United States, with more region-specific launches being planned for this year. You can find a slideshow with some images of the console to the left of this article.