KINECT-FREE Xbox One coming in June. THE ROLLBACK CONTINUES.
YEAH, MICROSOFT! Roll that shit back! Is there anything left for Microsoft to double-back on at this point? Policy-wise? I don’t think so, and I think that’s fucking fantastic. I also don’t give a damn about the reasons (I imagine it’s monetary duh or something) behind their policies shift. Giving us what we want? Cool.
A Kinect-less version of the Xbox One will be available June 9 for $399, Microsoft announced today.
The package will be available “in all markets where Xbox One is sold,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. For purchasers of the Kinect-free Xbox One, Microsoft will offer a standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor this fall.
This June, Microsoft will also debut its Games with Gold program on Xbox One. That same month, the company will no longer require customers to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to use non-gaming apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
According to Spencer, today’s console announcement shouldn’t be seen as a commentary on the Xbox One Kinect’s success or lack thereof, but rather as one way in which Microsoft is listening to feedback from its consumers.
“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,” said Spencer. “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.” [Polygon]