Microsoft announces Xbox One available without Kinect for £349 from June

The Xbox One will finally be available as a stand alone console without the Kinect in the box. This will mean a new lower price of £349 from 9 June when it hits the shelves.

Microsoft is extending its value offerings further by allowing Xbox 360 and Xbox One users to access entertainment apps without needing an Xbox Live Gold membership from June.

That means everyone with an Xbox console will be able to play free games, access exclusive discounts and use streaming services like Netflix, for free. Other online services available for free include Twitch, GoPro, HBO Go, Skype and more to total the 170 apps on offer.

Users not paying for a Gold membership will be able to play online also. They will have access to Free Games with Gold getting an extra title in June: Dark Souls, Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.

Deals with Gold will also launch in June. Exclusive discounts will start with Forza 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome being offered for less to paying Gold members. Savings will be between 50 per cent and 75 per cent in the coming months, says Microsoft. A special VIP room for Gold members will be launched featuring free games, monthly deals and more.

What owners of the new Xbox One will be sacrificing, other than the Kinect camera, is its voice recognition smarts. That means voice controls won't be possible for owners of the £349 Xbox One.

But the new price means more people can get access to games like Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3.

READ: Xbox One review



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