Microsoft released a statement today, revealing an option for the Xbox One without Kinect. Beginning on June 9th, the Xbox One will be priced at $399 in all markets. In addition to the price drop, Microsoft has revealed that Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will be able to enjoy entertainment apps such as Netflix without forcing owners to have Xbox Live Gold.
Also, exclusive discounts for Gold memberships will launch. In the beginning of June, games such as Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome will have new deals. Future months will include more savings “of up to 50-75 percent off certain titles.” A virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members will be featured on Xbox One where Microsoft will detail free games, monthly deals, and other benefits. This program will also continue for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.
Free games will also be featured for Gold members.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, stated, “Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles.”
The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are Dark Souls, Charlie Murder, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Xbox One will receive Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. A single Gold membership will allow access to the free games on both consoles.
Phil Spencer continued, “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.
“We will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometic sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Just Dance 2014, Project Spark, and more.
“If you buy Xbox One for $399 and later decide you want to have all the experiences Kinect enables, we will also offer a standalone sensor for Xbox One later this fall.”