Microsoft Announces New Kinect-Less Xbox One SKU For $399/£349.99

In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft have officially revealed that they are going to launch a Kinect-Less Xbox One SKU. This new Kinect-Less Xbox One will cost $399 in the US and £349.99 in UK.

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, who recently took charge of the Xbox One division, made this announcement on the official Xbox blog. It was also confirmed that entertainment apps are no longer behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall. This means that even if you don’t have Xbox Live Gold, you can still use most of the entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus etc.

Check out the chart below detailing the new changes made for Xbox Live Gold.

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In an statement on the official Xbox blog, Spencer talked about listening to the feedback of the fans and how it allowed them to make changes beginning with this lower priced Kinect-Less SKU and removing paywall for entertainment apps. He also detailed their plans to launch a new “Deals with Gold” program for offering 50% to 75% discounted price for various titles including Forza 5 and Ryse. “Deals with Gold” will start from this June. “Games with Gold” is also going to expand to the Xbox One and the first titles on offer include “Halo Spartan Assault” and “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.”

What do you think about this new Kinect-Less Xbox One SKU announcement and the recent changes/addition to Xbox Live? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Mike Greenway

    I’ve been predicting that removing the Kinect will NOT increase the rate of sales. Which proves only one thing, The commenters all over the web that have been saying “I won’t by an Xbox as long as it has Kinect” are people that will never buy an Xbox anyway.