Microsoft has today announced it is introducing a new standalone Xbox One offering without a Kinect sensor.
It is also reducing the price of its current Xbox One console bundled with Kinect.
The new standalone Xbox One bundle is priced at $599 and will be available in all current markets where Xbox One is currently sold. It includes everything that can be found in the current Xbox package except a Kinect sensor.
The new price of the current Xbox One SKU with Kinect included is $699. Both will be available for purchase from June 9 from selected retailers nationwide. The price revision is specific to New Zealand only.
The new Xbox One SKU delivers all the great Xbox One features and benefits including access to multiplayer on Xbox Live and unmatched blockbuster games such as “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” “Ryse: Son of Rome” and upcoming titles such as “Watch_Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.”
Gamers can also access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. That’s in addition to the features that already make the Xbox One great, including the ability to get game invites while watching TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts and upload your favourite gaming moments.
Also Xbox are bringing more value to Xbox Live Gold members and offering all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. In early June, here is what you can expect from the new generation of Xbox Live:
• Free games with Games with Gold** – Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
• Exclusive Discounts – Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.
• 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.
**Free Games Offer: For paid Gold members only. On Xbox One, active Gold membership required to play free games you’ve downloaded. Must download titles during designated window. Kinect and/or hard drive required for some games.
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***Available apps and experiences vary between Xbox 360 and Xbox One and by market. Some apps including Netflix, Hulu, NFL, ESPN, NBA and NHL may require app provider-specific subscriptions and/or additional requirements. GoPro and HBO GO currently only on Xbox 360; Coming soon to Xbox One.
****Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide currently only on Xbox One