Kinect-less Xbox One Coming This Summer for $399
Since the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has been flip-flopping on basically everything they said. First you needed to have an internet connection, then you didn’t. Then you couldn’t play used games, then you could. You also needed to have a Kinect hooked up at all times for the thing to work, then you didn’t. Now you apparently don’t even need to get the system with a Kinect at all.
This week Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced that in June Microsoft would be releasing a Kinect free Xbox One this June for $399, with a stand alone Kinect coming later in the year. June seems to be a big month for Xbox. On top of the new console, which will be available wherever the Xbox One is currently sold, the month will also mark the launch of Games with Gold on Xbox One and remove the Xbox Live Gold requirements for non-gaming apps on the 360 and the Xbone.
Spencer said that the new package doesn’t reflect on the success or failure of the Kinect, but rather that Microsoft is listening to feedback from consumers, saying…
We’ve heard that you want more choices from Xbox One. You want a wide variety of options in your games and entertainment experiences and you also want options in your hardware selection. To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision. Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console.
The Kinect free Xbox One launches on June 9th for $399.