Microsoft announced two big changes to make its Xbox One more attractive. First up, the company will start offering the console without the Kinect sensor starting June 9, this means you'll be able to get the console for $399, $100 less than before. The software giant also announced that video streaming is now available to all Xbox One owners. Previously, you had to have a $60/year Xbox Live Gold membership to be able to access services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Skype and other video streaming apps on your console.
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.