Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Patcher predicts Microsoft will drop the Kinect camera from the Xbox One bundle in 2015, which would lead to a price drop for the console.
Patcher gave his prediction during a Bonus Round webcast, where he said former Interactive Entertainment Business president, Don Mattrick’s departure from Microsoft would result in the Kinect being dropped.
“I think the voice command is really cool, but you can use your tablet. The answer is: Don isn’t there anymore. You have a new boss over the Xbox division, who has no skin in the Kinect game, so… sure they’re gonna unbundle,” said Patcher.
Pachter went on to say that the removal of Kinect would allow Microsoft to cut the price of the Xbox One.
“I think they’ll pick the core model and put a 2 TB hard drive in it, and then the dumbed down one will have a 500 GB hard drive, and it’ll have no Kinect, and it’ll be 400 bucks (R4300). That’s the easiest way to do the price cut,” he said.