It looks like Microsoft has finally made the move that a lot of people were waiting for; Xbox One is coming out without the kinect. Announced today consumers can purchase a kinect-less Xbox One starting June 9th for $399.
Pre-orders are already starting on amazon and I’m sure that will expand to retail stores like gamestop soon enough.
Alongside the announcement of the kinect-less Xbone, Microsoft also revealed that Games for Gold is coming to Xbox One. Starting next month users will be able to download free games on their Xbox One, and like Sony’s PSPlus program, you will need the gold subscription to play the free games you download. Users will be able to download Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault next month for free as the first two games to start the program on Xbox One. Xbox 360 users will continue getting the service and will get Dark Souls, Charlie Murder, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.
Lastly, Microsoft has finally taken off the app restrictions for apps like Hulu and Netflix which required Xbox members to need the gold membership just to utilize those apps. Even though you were already paying for those subscriptions, without Microsoft’s gold subscription, you weren’t able to use any of those apps. Those days are finally gone.
It seems Microsoft didn’t want to wait until E3 to announce some of their bombshells and this is obviously the desperate move a lot of us thought were coming. Just not as soon as we thought.
Knowing how kinect heavy the user interface is on the Xbox One, will a kinect-less Xbox One help sales or keep it at a stand still until the main issues underneath the console are fixed? Let us know what you think.
Source: Xbox Wire