• Microsoft Announces Kinectless Xbox One SKU

                After a months of speculations, Microsoft finally decided to separate the Xbox One from the Kinect and offer it at $399. A standalone Kinect will be offered in fall with at an unannounced price. Microsoft also announced many popular entertainment apps will no longer require Xbox Gold to use along with some Microsoft services.



                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.

                Source: Microsoft
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                1. D3adcell's Avatar
                  D3adcell -
                  Wow, didn't expect that today. Thought it would be E3 at earliest. Good for them. Now just to create room for stock, I expect a lot of kinect bundles to be discounted in the next month.
                1. KRA's Avatar
                  KRA -
                  Quote Originally Posted by D3adcell View Post
                  Wow, didn't expect that today.
                  aren't like some sale numbers coming tomorrow ?
                1. solidsnakejej's Avatar
                  solidsnakejej -
                  Quote Originally Posted by KRA View Post
                  aren't like some sale numbers coming tomorrow ?
                  Thursday.
                1. KRA's Avatar
                  KRA -
                  Quote Originally Posted by solidsnakejej View Post
                  Thursday.
                  oh so it's something different
                  also
                  why is the first guy not looking into the camera
                  that's kind of creepy
                  or is he blind or something and i am an awful person ?
                1. solidsnakejej's Avatar
                  solidsnakejej -
                  Quote Originally Posted by KRA View Post
                  oh so it's something different
                  also
                  why is the first guy not looking into the camera
                  that's kind of creepy
                  or is he blind or something and i am an awful person ?
                  Setting it up as an interview and not a guy talking to the camera.

                  I don't think timing was based off sales data, its likely that they wanted out ahead of E3 so its not the big E3 story and that they'll have these units available so people can get them while they watch the conference and they didn't want a retailer leak.

                  Gotta wonder how much Titanfall under performed for them if their taking this step. Their still inline with 360 sales at this point so its not as dire of a situation as the Wii U.
                1. KRA's Avatar
                  KRA -
                  Quote Originally Posted by solidsnakejej View Post
                  Setting it up as an interview and not a guy talking to the camera.

                  I don't think timing was based off sales data, its likely that they wanted out ahead of E3 so its not the big E3 story and that they'll have these units available so people can get them while they watch the conference and they didn't want a retailer leak.

                  Gotta wonder how much Titanfall under performed for them if their taking this step. Their still inline with 360 sales at this point so its not as dire of a situation as the Wii U.
                  yeah i guess it was set up as they were all talking to somebody else
                  than camera
                  it came out creepy because the guy would have to be like
                  like really small and in strange spot considering the camera

                  and yes i don't think that the timing was the only factor
                  but if the sales were great would they even do this ?
                1. AC!D's Avatar
                  AC!D -
                  Good moves for them. I am guessing they themselves will probably save bucks on manufacturing those Kinectless SKU's.

                  As for the media apps thing it's difficult to congratulate them on that move since it was so bone headed and blatantly obvious.
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