Posted Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:30 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Coming June 9th, the Kinect will no longer be forced on fans.
Ever since the reveal of the Xbox One, ans especially since the two system pricepoints, the Xbox One's $499 and PS4's $399, many have been clamoring for what seemed impossible, a cheaper Xbox One, free of the Kinect module. Today, it seems, Microsoft has finally seen the light with a Kinect-less Xbox One. At the same time, after years of force Xbox Live on would-be Netflix users, Microsoft will relax the Xbox Live requirement for certain entertainment apps like Netflix.
From Microsoft, "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."
"Next, we’re bringing more value to our Xbox Live Gold members while extending the entertainment experiences available through Xbox to every connected console. So, also starting in June, we will roll out a new set of benefits for our Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One and we will offer anyone who owns an Xbox 360 or Xbox One access to popular games and entertainment apps without an Xbox Live Gold membership."
Source: Major Nelson
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