Microsoft will be releasing a version of the Xbox One without the Kinect peripheral beginning on June 9th. This new SKU will be available at a significantly lower cost of $399. This new price point will put it at the same level as it’s rival the PS4, which has beaten it in console sales ever since the two launched. The news was released on Xbox Wire this morning, with the announcement coming from Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer.
“Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you.” Spencer wrote “Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build. Your feedback showed up in the Xbox One console we launched back in November and in the monthly updates we’ve delivered since.” In a video on the announcement Spencer said “There’s a lot about Kinect that I love, but we’ve also heard from people that they just like to play games with a controller in their hand and hey play multiplayer through Xbox Live. And what we wanted to do, was for those people make sure that there’s a version of Xbox that meets that exact needs that they have.”
Microsoft also announced that a standalone version of Kinect will be coming to retail this Fall, but said it will have more to announce on that as the summer goes on. They will also continue to offer the Xbox One with Kinect at the price of $499. These versions also often times come with either Titanfall or Forza Motorsports 5.
This is not the first 180 by the Xbox One. Just 51 weeks ago the Xbox One was revealed, and it’s DRM policies were reviled by the internet. After it’s trouncing by Sony at E3 2013, Microsoft reversed it’s policy on both Used Games and online check-ins. From their, Microsoft announced it will allow self publishing on Xbox One, and a litany of other things it originally spoke against doing.
I’ll have my full opinion on this news on tonight’s episode of The League of Mediocre Gamers Podcast, but what do you think of this news? Let me know in the comments below!
by, Bobby Marquardt