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.
…I tried not saying anything biased this whole day.
What the monstrous hell is this?!
Look, I’m all for games trying something new, but… really? Plants vs. Zombies? COME ON!
Not much is known outside of the trailer, aside from the obvious systems of PC, Xbox One and PS4, but at least it also has a “Fall 2014.”
About friggin’ time! The game got some screen time and looks just as colorful as the first, thankfully. No date, will be on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
And it’s a prequel. Lame!
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.