A post has been released on Xbox Wire by Phil Spencer, detailing a new Kinect-less Xbox One option, an update to the Games With Gold program and more.
Kinect-Less Xbox One
From June 9th, all Xbox One markets will offer an Xbox One option that does not include the Kinect device that will be priced at $399. The bundle that includes a Kinect device will still continue to be sold as normal.
The new price point for the console (without Kinect) means that Xbox One is now on par with it’s main competitor, PS4, which launched in November for the same price of $399.
A standalone Kinect sensor will be available for purchase separately later this Fall.
Games With Gold
To celebrate 1 year of Games With Gold, the selection of free Xbox 360 games for June has increased from 2 games to 3! Come this June, “Dark Souls”, “Charlie Murder” and “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition” will all be available for download free of charge at some point during the month.
In addition, also in June, Xbox One’s Games With gold program will commence with “Max: the Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault” being the free games for the month. You only need one Xbox Live Gold membership to receive both the Xbox One and 360 Games With Gold.
Deals With Gold
Another new set of deals for Xbox One launching in June is Deals With Gold, where games will be offered with substantial savings. June promises savings on “Forza Motorsport 5” and “Ryse: Son of Rome”, with “a few other surprises” in store.
Also in June, all entertainment apps, like Twitch, HBO GO and more will be available to all Xbox owners, regardless of whether they are an Xbox Live Gold member or not. The full list of apps that fall within this selection can be found iat the bottom of the original post.
Phil Spencer also clarified in his post that this move to offer an alternative Xbox One bundle without Kinect does not mean in any way that they are “abandoning” the Kinect. He wrote:
“To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision.”
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