Microsoft to Sell Xbox One Without Kinect for $399, Starting June 9
Back in August of last year, prior to the Xbox One's launch, Microsoft announced that it removed the Kinect requirement for the system to function, but failed to deliver a Kinect-free system for sale. Now Microsoft has announced that, beginning June 9, all markets where the Xbox One is sold will offer an Xbox One without the Kinect for an MSRP of $399, which of course brings it in line with the PlayStation 4's current price. I don't think it's any coincidence that the date coincides with Microsoft's E3 2014 Press Conference, scheduled for 930AM PT. For those that change their mind, a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One is not currently available, but will launch this fall.
In addition to the announcement of a new Xbox One SKU, Microsoft announced that Games with Gold will finally be making its way to the Xbox One this June as well. Unlike the Xbox 360 program where the games are yours for life, the Xbox One program will work like PlayStation Plus works, wherein you'll have to maintain your Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the games. The program will launch on the Xbox One with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault, while the June games for Xbox 360 will include Dark Souls, Charlie Murder, and a bonus game of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, starting with Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and more.
Source: Xbox Wire