Microsoft has revealed a new XBox One unit without the Kinect, going at $399 retail starting June 9th. Along with this announcement, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox’s entertainment apps will no longer require the paid Xbox Live Gold subscription service. In their statement today, “Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.*** Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.”
This move looks to be an attempt to ramp up sales of the console. and to please consumers looking for a cheaper solution to the $499 Kinect bundle. With E3 less than a month away, it’ll be interesting to see what else Microsoft might have up their sleeves.