Microsoft Shipping a $399 Xbox One Without Kinect in June

Xbox One 399 no Kinect

Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s new head of all things Xbox, posted an update on the Xbox Wire about changes coming to the Xbox One in June, including a new $399 price point without a Kinect in the box and access to popular video apps like Netflix without requiring an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

This is another case of Microsoft backtracking on the Xbox One, which started out with a mandatory Kinect, an always-online Internet connection and aggressive DRM. With this most recent update, just about a year after its announcement, the Xbox One no longer requires any of these things. It’s a win for consumers, certainly, but not for Microsoft’s previous vision for the console.

The most curious aspect of this for me is that this makes the Xbox One cheaper in Canada than the PlayStation 4, which saw a $50 price bump earlier this year. The $399 Xbox One without Kinect will be available on June 9.

What do you guys think about this news? Does this new $399 Xbox One without a Kinect make the console more appealing to you?

Source – Xbox Wire

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3 thoughts on “Microsoft Shipping a $399 Xbox One Without Kinect in June”

  1. It will be interesting to see if it was the price, or consumers actually being informed of Microsoft’s (now gone) annoying practices which has caused the X-One to lag behind the PS4. Maybe they will catch up, and E3 is the time to turn it around.

  2. Timing this announcement for May leaves them open to kill it at E3 with games and not have the message be diluted. At least, I hope that’s the case.

  3. Thanks for the article Mitch. Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that Xbox one is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your Xbox one you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

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