It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 has pulled ahead of the Xbox One in terms of sales, and the current price point for Microsoft’s next-gen hardware is $100 more than Sony’s offering. Taking that into consideration, it’s easy to see how the platform has been lagging behind as of late, but the house of Bill Gates has a plan to reduce the price of the hardware to put it on par with its competition.
After a few months on the market (and a copious amount of speculation), Microsoft has announced that it will offer its Xbox One console in a bundle that does not include Kinect. Set to retail for $399 in North America, the camera-less SKU will hit store shelves on June 9th across every market that the Xbox One is currently being sold in. Meanwhile, keen players that are hoping to pickup Kinect 2.0 at a later date will be able to do so at select retailers later this Fall.
This decision is huge for gamers that are still trying to decide which console they want to invest in, but there were a few more announcements Microsoft had up its sleeve. First and foremost, Microsoft will be beefing up its Xbox Live subscription service, offering even more discounts on noteworthy games in the process. The first two titles seeing a price reduction are none other than Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome, and the discount will come into affect later this June.
More games (and a few surprises) will also be arriving on the Xbox Store, and those discounts will save users anywhere from 50%-75% on some of their favorite titles. Accompanying this announcement, the first batch of free games on Xbox One will also be arriving for Gold subscribers in June, when gamers will be able to download Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault — both of which include the 360 version for free as well.
All of this will be featured on the Xbox One as a “virtual VIP room” where free games and discounts will be put on display for consumers to easily view and access. Gamers can check out the complete list of features below:
On top of all of this news, Microsoft also confirmed rumors that entertainment apps such as Netflix and Hulu would soon be accessible sans Gold membership. Beginning this June, those two apps will also be followed be a slew of others ranging from gaming-focused options like Machinima, Twitch and Upload to sports-centric experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, and NHL Game Center. Even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Skype will be made available to Silver level subscribers, which is far from a bad deal for consumers.
Many may have thought that this onslaught of news would have been scheduled for E3 2014 in a few short weeks, but revealing all of these details now just alludes to the fact that Microsoft will be laser focused on games. With a stable of upcoming and exclusive software like Fable Legends, Halo 5, Sunset Overdrive, and more, it’s easy to see why the company wants more time to showcase content arriving on its Xbox One.
Does a Kinect-less Xbox One bundle appeal to you? Are you happy with the discounts and free games coming to Xbox One owners later this June? Were you a Silver level subscriber that will soon be able to watch Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!
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Source: Xbox Wire