Many called for changes to Microsoft’s shiny-gen box and in a press release today, Phil Spencer announced many of these said changes.
Firstly, come June, all Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will have access to the numerous entertainment apps at no extra cost. In other words, those without an Xbox Live Gold membership can watch Netflix, stream on Twitch, or use any of the various American sports apps, for free.
Deals With Gold is making the leap to Xbox One this Summer, also. So, if you do have that Gold membership, you can avail of certain offers on video games and this June, Forza 5 and Ryse will be two of the games that will be marked down in price.
The Games With Gold program began on Xbox 360 about 12 months ago and it’s now official — it’s coming to Xbox One. Again, in June, the two games that Gold members will get at no additional cost are Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. In celebration of the anniversary, Xbox 360 owners will get Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, on top of the already scheduled Dark Souls and Charlie Murder.
But the big one was the announcement of a Kinect-less Xbox One. On June 9, anyone will be able to go into their local store and pick up one of these SKUs for £349/$399. If you buy one of these Xbox Ones that don’t include the Kinect sensor and get the motion gaming itch further down the line, do not fret. Microsoft plan to sell the Kinect camera on it’s own, this Autumn.