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Xbox One with Kinect to add 'Kinect Sports Rivals' to bundle

Xbox One Kinect Sports Rivals Bundle
Xbox One Kinect Sports Rivals Bundle
Photo courtesy of Spawnfirst, used with permission

Microsoft already announced that a Kinect-less Xbox One will be ready to launch on June 9 for a $100 discount. The existing console with the motion sensor is getting an update to in the form of a bundled game according to a leaked image that hit Wednesday.

Kinect Sports Rivals” will be packed in with the Xbox One and Kinect according to a leaked image posted by Spawnfirst. The bundle should be priced at $499.99 just as the console is today.

If true, this will likely be one of Microsoft’s many planned announcement during its E3 Media Briefing on Monday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. Xbox head Phil Spencer has been busy teasing reveals on Twitter such as “Sunset Overdrive” not being the only exclusive that will launch this fall plus there have already been surprise announcements like “Forza Horizon 2.”

“Kinect Sports Rivals” was originally planned as a launch title for the Xbox One to showcase the gameplay possibilities with the new and upgraded Kinect sensor. Instead, the game was released in April 2014 to average reviews and Rare reportedly took a loss on the game that led to layoff at the developer in May.

In our review of the game, we gave it three out of five starts and thought it showcased the best and worst of Kinect. With some of the packed in mini-games, the sensor worked and it made for quite the enjoyable local multiplayer experience. There was strong frustration with others though and we ran into problems when two players competed against each other in the game and for room in the real world with the rock climbing mini-game.

In truth, “Kinect Sports Rivals” isn’t a bad game but it was a game that was hard to justify spending $60 on. Bundling it in with the Kinect and Xbox One is a much more natural fit for the title.

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