(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – As a way to compete with Sony’s PS4, Microsoft has announced that it will cut the Xbox One’s price down by a $100, hoping to boost sales as the PS4’s numbers continue to rise.
Starting on June 9th, the Xbox One will be sold for $399 without Kinect, though the $499 Kinect version will still be available, wrote Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, via Xbox Wire.
For users who purchase the $399 console and later decide they want Kinect, a standalone sensor will be available later this fall, with more details arriving “in the coming months.”
“That’s going to appeal to our fans on Xbox 360 who have been excited to try Xbox One but, because of affordability options, haven’t had the opportunity,” said Xbox VP for Strategy and Marketing, Yusuf Mehdi, in an interview. “So we think that’s going to grow the market.”
Additionally, Xbox One and Xbox 360 users will be able to access entertainment apps such as Netflix and Twitch without having an Xbox Live Gold membership. This new option will also be available in June.
For the complete list of apps available without the membership, click here.