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New Kinect-less Xbox One for £349

Published May 15, 2014 by |
Xbox One

Despite the annual E3 conference being just less than a month away, Microsoft have revealed a huge announcement a little early, and it’s one that has the potential to dramatically help increase their console sales.

From 9th June the Xbox One will be available without their previously ‘required’ Kinect camera at a reduced price of £349.99.

This is arguably the biggest in a long line of changes of heart over at Microsoft. Since the consoles announcement a little under a year ago the original vision has changed significantly, including the removal of controversial DRM restrictions and allowing the console to function without the Kinect being connected.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, went on record to state that despite this announcement:

“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.”

Also announced from June is the availability of a number of entertainment applications such as Netflix, Twitch, Skype and many more that will no longer sit behind an Xbox LIVE paywall. This means that even if you don’t have a subscription then you’ll still be able to access these services for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Free games with Xbox Gold will also be making a leap to the Xbox One from June with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” rounding out the first offerings. Much like PlayStation Plus, one subscription will cover both consoles. Deals on certain games will be available on the One with this subscription.

All of this will undoubtedly make the console a much more attractive prospective for new buyers especially as this kinect-less edition will match the PlayStation 4 and it’s £349.99 tab. To the early adopters of the console however this could this feel like a kick in the teeth who paid the premium and didn’t have that choice.

Let us know what you think of this turnaround in the comments section below.