MICROSOFT HAS STARTED SELLING a version of the Xbox One without Kinect.
The Xbox One without Kinect is available now at Microsoft's UK online store for £349.99 - the same price as Sony's PS4 - with the firm promising that it will be shipped within five to seven days.
Microsoft said that if buyers decide they later on want a Kinect, it will offer a standalone sensor "later this fall." It's still unclear how much that will cost.
Microsoft announced plans to release a Kinect-less Xbox One in May, hoping to ignite sales and challenge Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4), which has a sizeable sales lead over Microsoft's games console. The last we heard, in April, Microsoft's Xbox One had sold five million units since its release last year, while the PS4 hit the seven million sales milestone in March.
A cheaper Xbox One isn't all Microsoft plans in order to tackle Sony's dominance in the games console market, which today saw the firm overtake Nintendo in sales for the first time in eight years.
Microsoft has also announced that an Xbox Live Gold membership is no long required to use entertainment apps such as Netflix.
Microsoft said, "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."
What's more, Microsoft announced that those who do have a Gold membership will get a free game every month, with titles like Dark Souls and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition on offer.
Microsoft likely will have more Xbox One related news to announce during its E3 press conference later today, which will kick off at 5.30pm UK time. Sony's press conference will take place at 2am UK time. µ
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