Xbox One console without Kinect will be $399
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One model will release on June 9, 2014 that will be $100 less than the $499 it released with in November, 2013. To get the price down, (which Microsoft hopes will help compete with the $399 PlayStation 4), Microsoft has taken out the bundled Kinect sensor for gestures and voice commands. The Kinect will, of course, be available separately for the Xbox One.
Microsoft has good reason to offer a lower priced Xbox One system. Sony’s PS4 (also released in Nov., 2013) has sold about 2 million more units than the Xbox One, even with the help of the exclusive title Titanfall which analysts said could sell 6 million copies by the end of 2014.
Microsoft also announced that Xbox Live members will no longer need a Gold membership to access entertainment apps such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Twitch, Machinima, ESPN, MLB.tv, and others among the available choices at the Microsoft store.