Microsoft Announces Kinect-Free Xbox One for $399

Microsoft announces Kinect-free Xbox One for $399

Phil Spencer and Yusuf Mehdi of Microsoft surprised everyone today by announcing a couple of major changes to the Xbox One, chief among them the fact that Xbox one console would be available for $399 starting in June without Kinect controller. This new price will allow Microsoft to match the Sony Playstation 4 price.

This new Xbox console will continue to deliver the same features and capabilities as the original but the only thing you will be missing is the Kinect. In other words you can get 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 experiences such as Twitch, Machinima, Youtube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use One Guide- whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership.

Xbox’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Yusuf Mehdi, says that the demand for a console that comes without the bundled kinect controller has been a fan-driven decision. In the coming month, here are the changes you will see on the new generation of Xbox live.

Free games with Games with Gold

Since the service launched on the Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million Xbox gamers have enjoyed great games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing games with Gold titles. To celebrate the first anniversary of Games with Gold the service will roll on to Xbox one. Just like on the Xbox 360, members will have subscription based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. 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. So with a single Gold membership, Xbox gamers can enjoy the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Another important announcement is the removal of an Xbox Live Gold paywall to access streaming media services like Netflix, Hulu, and ESPN. These changes will be in effect from June.

Source : Xbox