Cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One Goes On Sale Next Month

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As should have been an option at launch, Microsoft will soon finally begin to offer Xbox One consoles untethered from the Kinect voice command and motion control sensor. This Kinect-less Xbox One SKU will be reduced to a cheaper price point as a result. Hurray!

Instead of paying $499.99 for an Xbox One with mandatory (and to this point unnecessary) Kinect, buying standalone Xbox One hardware will only cost $399.99, matching the price of rival Sony’s PlayStation 4. Sold-separately Xbox Ones are scheduled to go on sale beginning June 9th.

Microsoft will also begin to sell standalone Xbox One Kinect sensors this fall. Specifics about pricing and a release date are still to be announced, but just know that if you buy the Xbox One by itself and then decide you would like to upgrade your arsenal with a Kinect down the road, that option will be available.

June will be a huge month for Xbox One for many other reason as well. During the first month of summer, Microsoft plans to provide even more value to Xbox Live users, including an expansion of Games with Gold to offer free monthly game downloads to Xbox 360 and Xbox One users, monthly Deals with Gold sales and discounts, and access to popular apps like Machinima, Twitch, Netflix, HBO GO, Internet Explorer, Skype and various sports experiences without requiring an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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More details and an accompanying infographic outlining next month’s Xbox Live updates are provided below.

•Free games with Games with Gold. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

•Exclusive Discounts. Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.

•Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.*** Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.**** You can find a full list of apps and features that will be available below.

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Delivering More Choices for Fans [Xbox Wire]

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