Buy an Xbox One without Kinect starting in June



Microsoft will sell it’s Xbox One console without a bundled Kinect sensor for $399 beginning June 9, according to a post by head of Xbox Phil Spencer on Xbox Wire this morning.

The Kinect sensor will be available for purchase as a standalone product in the fall for an undisclosed price, and the premium Xbox One bundle that includes a Kinect sensor will still be available for purchase for $499.

Spencer also stated that, beginning in June, entertainment applications on Xbox One and Xbox 360 like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and Twitch will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold membership to access. Previously, Xbox users were required to pay for Xbox Live in order to utilize these applications despite already paying for the individual services themselves.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will also continue to get free Xbox games to download each month as part of the Games with Gold program, and this program will expand to include the Xbox One platform in June.

The first two Xbox One games to be made available through the program will be “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.”

Three games will be made available as a part of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 in June to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the program: “Dark Souls,” Charlie Murder” and “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.”