Microsoft Announces Kinect-less Xbox One Bundle

FINALLY!!!

Something that I have personally had hope would happen and prayed it would happen soon is Microsoft announcing a Kinect-less free Xbox One Bundle.

Source:http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/13/5713440/xbox-one-no-kinect-release-date-price-microsoft



Microsoft's Phil Spencer announced that an Xbox One bundle without the Kinect will be available on June 9th 2014. The price will drop to $399 USD, on par with the Playstation 4's price.

Phil Spencer had this to say with the announcement.

"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," said Spencer. "To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision. Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console."

The Kinect will be an optional peripheral for the Xbox One for $59.99.

Where to even begin?!

Look, I am an Xbox fan. I had an original Xbox, I got a 360 Elite in 2010 and that has been my primary gaming console for the past 4 years. I have played Halo 1 to Halo 4, Gears of War 1 to Gears of War:Judgement(yes it is bad, don't play it). I have been an Xbox Live Gold Member for 3 of those years I have been played on the 360.

 Don't even think that for one second I wasn't taking a look at some of Xbox One's exclusives like Dead Rising 3, Titanfall and Sunset Overdrive. Do not for one second think that I was going to go a whole game generation without playing the new Halo. This is the moment I have been waiting for.

For gamers, this is great news. The console no longer has that steep price tag and we are no longer forced to use the Kinect. When June 9th roles around, we can finally buy an Xbox One and buy an extra game or controller along with the console without getting near that 600 dollar price range.

As for Microsoft, this is good news for them as well. I guarantee that they will begin to see better sales of the Xbox One once the Kinect-less bundle is released. I was at my local Target store recently and they were jam-packed with Xbox Ones, even Titanfall bundles. I would not be surprised to soon see them run out of stock shortly after June 9th.

I think our summer just got a little bit more exciting, don't you?

Thanks for reading...and Microsoft....good job.















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