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Kinect-Less Xbox One Coming This June For $399

Earlier today Microsoft announced that on June 9th they will be releasing a new SKU of the Xbox One which will ship without their Kinect camera. This new bundle will set customers back $399, which importantly puts the system at pricing parity with Sony’s hotly selling PlayStation 4.

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, sites fan input for their change of heart regarding the packed-in Kinect, but went on to reassure all Xbox fans that the Kinect is still an integral part of the system’s future:

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.

To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision.

It’s interesting to note that when the Xbox One was originally announced last year, Kinect needed to be connected at all times for the system to work – But this attitude change will no doubt be great news for would-be Xbox One gamers who have been waiting for a price drop.

In the same post, Microsoft also announced some changes to their Xbox Live Gold program, removing the Gold restriction to the majority of its entertainment apps, and bringing their Games with Gold program to Xbox One. These changes will also come into effect this June.

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