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By Tom Phillips Published Tuesday, 13 May 2014

 

Microsoft has confirmed it will begin selling Xbox One without a Kinect sensor in the box. A standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One will go on sale this autumn.

 

The removal of Kinect from the basic Xbox One package means that the console will now be sold in the UK at ?349 and in the US at $399, rather than the original $499.

 

Microsoft has in the past refused to offer Xbox One without Kinect included, although previously U-turned on the fact that the device needed to be plugged in at all times.

 

The company has detailed changes to the Xbox Live Games with Gold programme, which will begin for Xbox One in June with two titles - Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. The two Xbox 360 titles will be Dark Souls and Charlie Murder, and as a one-off bonus, a third title - Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition.

 

It means that with a Gold subscription you will now presumably get four games free per month - two for Xbox 360 and two for Xbox One.

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-05-13-microsoft-to-sell-xbox-one-without-kinect

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If true, that will be an epic fail of epic proportions.

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If true, that will be an epic fail of epic proportions.

It is.

 

OK...The price better be way below that of the PS4 to make it worth it.

It's exactly the same price as the PS4.

 

http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices

 

Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you. Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build. Your feedback showed up in the Xbox One console we launched back in November and in the monthly updates we?ve delivered since.
 
Today, we?re excited to share more ways your feedback is impacting the products we build.
 
First, beginning on June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like ?Titanfall,? ?Call of Duty: Ghosts,? ?Forza Motorsport 5,? ?Dead Rising 3,? and the upcoming ?Watch Dogs,? ?Destiny? and "Sunset Overdrive." You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide.  Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments.
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so it was false hopes to expect Microsoft releasing exciting kinect games?

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This is cheap but oh well. I guess People who complained about bundled kinect will immediately buy it now, right guys? :p

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If true, that will be an epic fail of epic proportions.

 

I agree and at the same price as the PS4...I still don't think MS completely gets it.

They should have dropped the price with it included. Now it's still a box with a bit less performance for the exact same price.

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Good move, but IMO, the biggest issue is software. What's the compelling reason (game) to upgrade from a 360 or even PS3 to an XB1 or PS4? It's all about the software.

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Fail confirmed. There goes developer support.


I agree and at the same price as the PS4...I still don't think MS completely gets it.

They should have dropped the price with it included. Now it's still a box with a bit less performance for the exact same price.

Oh, the price is all good, and most gamers won't know the difference. (besides us core gamers). The fail is now a lack of Kinect support from devs.

 

No doubt this will sell consoles big time.

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so it was false hopes to expect Microsoft releasing exciting kinect games?

 

Describe your idea of a AAA Kinect game ... the voice rec was good, but I think the motion was and always will be a niche. It has had it's hey day (Nintendo) IMO.

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There goes Microsofts last bone in their spine, well I hope this gives them the sales they obviously expect. I was wrong about them ever removing Kinect and I'll probably be wrong again but I suspect it wont.

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So how will Cortana work on Xbox now?

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Fail confirmed. There goes developer support.

Oh, the price is all good, and most gamers won't know the difference. (besides us core gamers). The fail is now a lack of Kinect support from devs.

 

No doubt this will sell consoles big time.

 

It better, otherwise they have sacrificed Kinect for nothing.

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There goes Microsofts last bone in their spine, well I hope this gives them the sales they obviously expect. I was wrong about them ever removing Kinect and I'll probably be wrong again but I suspect it wont.

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But I thought that Kinect was required for the full Xbone experience... now they tell us that isn't so!?

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So how will Cortana work on Xbox now?

Cortana will works with cheap-o mic as ever.

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GG MS, smart move (Y)

 

Now confirm the XBL paywall abolishment

 

Edit: I see they removed it, calm down :P

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Feel moderately shafted, oh well.

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But I thought that Kinect was required for the full Xbone experience... now they tell us that isn't so!?

You can still use something without the "full experience"

You won't get Voice Commands & visual sign in out of the box. Obviously wanting this is a personal preference so its good to have choice I guess but as these are things the Xbox can do but won't be able to without Kinect then you aren't getting the full experience. IMO using the console without things like snap etc will just be frustrating without voice, I suspect they are going to have to make some UI changes to make this more usable for the Kinectless users.

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GG MS, smart move (Y)

 

Now confirm the XBL paywall abolishment

That was confirmed in the announcement too. ;)

 

Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners.

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.**** You can find a full list of apps and features that will be available below.

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Changed the title to EG's

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GG MS, smart move (Y)

 

Now confirm the XBL paywall abolishment

They did. All in one news article.

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That was confirmed in the announcement too. ;)

 

Just saw that on EG (Y)

 

Double win today for MS :D

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Just saw that on EG (Y)

 

Double win today for MS :D

 

I guess now this is done, they can focus on games at E3. :yes:

 

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