Cheaper Xbox One anyone?
They've announced that they'll be selling their nextgen console without a Kinect (which, lets face it, not everyone wants), which slices off a decent amount of money. Good news for gamers who haven't got shedloads to throw at a new console.
In the States, the price will go from $500 to $399, which brings the Xbox in-line with the price of a PS4.
Interestingly, Microsoft initially said that they wouldn't sell the Xbox One without Kinect because it " is still an essential and integrated part of the Xbox One platform."
Xbox chief Phil Spencer wrote in a post on the Xbox Wire: "We've heard that you want more choices from Xbox One. You want a wide variety of options in your games and entertainment experiences and you also want options in your hardware selection."
Not everyone has a lounge/bedroom large enough to get the full value out of Kinect. This is a wise move from Microsoft. Spencer continued: "To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision."
Microsoft also announced that Xbox owners won't have to have a mandatory paid-for Xbox Live Gold subscription to access things like Netflix and other streaming apps.
The price drop is set to roll out across the rest of the world over summer, so keep an eye out if you're in the market for a new console. Sony will have taken note of this and there could be a small price war on our hands, which is good for all!