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
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!