Microsoft announced today that starting June 9th, the Xbox One will be sold without a Kinect for $399 as a direct result of consumer feedback. Earlier this year Microsoft had stated that it didn’t have any plans for a Kinect-less Xbox One.
“Kinect remains an important part of our vision,” head of Xbox Phil Spencer said. “We will continue to innovate on Kinect, I think it’s an important differentiator for us.”
More exciting news in today’s announcements is that Xbox Live Gold membership will no longer be required to access services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Twitch, along with Xbox One sports apps such as NFL, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, etc. Lastly, the Games for Gold program is celebrating its one year anniversary with two free games for the month of June as well as offering Games for Gold on the Xbox One. The list of games are as follows:
-Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
-Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
-Halo: Spartan Assault
As someone who has lost a little faith in Xbox, this announcement shows that this E3 they are going to be coming out strong and holding nothing back to regain footing against the Playstation 4. Be sure to stay tuned for more news, reviews and rants here on -bleep- *bloop* BOOM!
Earlier this morning rumors coming out of Giant Bomb reported that Microsoft’s was drastically changing there DRM/Always-Online policy. Once the mass hysteria hit the twitterverse Microsoft confirmed that indeed fan feedback (or outrage however you see it) has prevail. With no 24 hour internet connection required just a one time set up and the ability to trade your disc base game plus no region lock what will Microsoft gain or lose?
To add to the slaps and punches between companies at E3, the Playstation 4 will release at $399, $100 cheaper than the new Xbox One.
So there you have it, folks. Pre-order until your heart’s content on whatever system you decide to go with! Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, they’re all accepting pre-orders right now.
So, this was a kick to the Microsoft gonads. Specifically, mentioning no online, will support used games, allowing to be lent out to friends with no issues. They’ve even specified that it won’t “Require a connection check once a day.”
And, the video above… well, yeah.
During the reveal of Killer Instinct, it was also shown that there’s a share feature using Twitch.tv, which can be used for streaming online as well as uploading videos, much similar to the PS4’s use of uStream. You will be able to use it like a video game DVR, where you can record the gameplay footage and use SmartGlass to edit the video in any way you see fit, then upload it.
More information about it has yet to surface.
And here’s the game that made me raise my brows. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to the game that was shown, other than only have shown three characters; Glacius, Jago and Saberwulf. The game is exclusive to the Xbox One and has yet to have a release date. And got the same voice for the announcer!
Here’s to hoping they don’t screw this up.
Not sure why, especially if it’s 4GB, but a new model of the 360 has been revealed! Three versions will be released, 4GB non-Kinect at $199, a 250GB with no Kinect at $299, and finally a 4GB with Kinect at $299. Odd choices, that. When will they be released? Well… NOW! The moment they revealed the new model the new system has been released. Whether or not they’re in stores right this second, is something else. Be sure to look for it in stores!