Xbox One available without Kinect

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The one thing that would have to happen for Microsoft to win over the public with its Xbox one would be to drop Kinect, and lower the price. That’s inconceivable, right? Nope. It’s happening.

Microsoft today announced that they’ll be offering the Xbox One without the silly motion-sensing peripheral for a much more palatable $399, pricing it exactly the same as the PlayStation 4 . It’ll be available in the US on June 9 – the same day as Microsoft’s E3 conference, where they will no doubt drop a few more bombs. They’ve also confirmed that the Gold requirement for streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and HBO Go has been removed. 

It’s a good way of getting public favour in Microsoft’s opinion, and this 180 is even more dramatic than the DRM reversal.

What  do you make of the price cut and the excising of Kinect? Personally? I’m pretty elated.

Last Updated: May 13, 2014

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Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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