In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft has announced today that they will be shipping a new, cheaper version of the Xbox One that does not include the Kinect sensor.
It will retail for $399 USD and will begin shipping on June 9. Here’s the statement from Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, in a recent News Wire post.
“First, beginning on June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments.”
In addition, the company announced that their Games with Gold program – as well as a new Deals with Gold program – will be heading to Xbox One. Games with Gold will offer Xbox One Gold Members games like “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault” for free when it launches, says Spencer. “A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.” Deals with Gold will offer exclusive discounts on titles like “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and “a few other surprises,” add Spencer.
Lastly, Microsoft has updated the list of entertainment apps that will be available to non-Gold members through Xbox Live on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Check out the info graph below:
Some big changes for Xbox One indeed. What do you think? Does a Kinect-less Xbox One console appeal to you?