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You asked, Microsoft listened: Kinect-less Xbox One announced

Posted on May 13, 2014 AT 08:17am

Ever since the Xbox One launched with Kinect as standard consumers have been begging Microsoft to release a cheaper version without the peripheral, and finally Microsoft has listened.

Starting June 9, in all markets where the Xbox One is sold currently, Microsoft will offer an Xbox One console without Kinect for $399.

“Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you,” Head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote. “Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build. Your feedback showed up in the Xbox One console we launched back in November and in the monthly updates we’ve delivered since.

The Kinect-less Xbox One bundle will include an Xbox One console, wireless controller, chat headset, HDMI cable, and a power supply.

If you decide later on that you really want a Kinect sensor you’ll have to wait a couple of months because a standlone Kinect sensor wont be available to purchase until fall.

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