Kinect-less Xbox One Coming June 9th for $399, Deals with Gold Unveiled
Microsoft today shared a number of announcements. First, beginning on June 9th, Microsoft will offer Xbox One starting at $399. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. A standalone sensor for Xbox One will be available later this fall.
Next, Microsoft is bringing more value to Xbox Live Gold members and will offer all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps whether or not they have an Xbox Live Gold membership. In early June, here is what you can expect from the new generation of Xbox Live:
- Free games with Games with Gold – To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are Dark Souls, Charlie Murder and a bonus game of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Microsoft will bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. The program will launch on Xbox One with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- Exclusive Discounts – Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and a few other surprises. In the coming months, Microsoft will offer savings of up to 50 – 75% off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, Microsoft will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where they will feature free games, monthly deals, and other benefits.
- Entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners – 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 gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, 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.