$399 Xbox One without Kinect launching in June

New version of Xbox One going on sale next month; standalone Kinect will be available this fall; "Kinect remains an important part of our vision," Microsoft says.

In a surprise announcement today, Microsoft officially revealed a Kinect-free Xbox One unit. The system goes on sale June 9 for $399 (£349 in the UK), putting it directly in line with the rival PlayStation 4. Microsoft will continue to offer the $499 standard Xbox One with Kinect.

"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," Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said. "To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision."

The new Xbox One Kinect-free unit is available for preorder right now at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.

Today's news is seriously surprising, as Microsoft executive Phil Harrison said last August that Microsoft had "absolutely no plans" to release Xbox One without Kinect.

Spencer said more than 80 percent of all Xbox One owners actively use Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on every console. If you buy a $399 Xbox One and decide later that you want Kinect, Microsoft will start selling standalone sensors sometime this fall. Pricing was not disclosed.

Microsoft's decision to remove Kinect from all Xbox One bundles could be problematic for developers and other entertainment providers, as they are now no longer guaranteed that people who pick up their products will have a Kinect camera. We'll have more on this news, including an interview with Xbox boss Yusuf Mehdi, later on today.

Is this a smart move for Microsoft and the future of Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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DKant
DKant

with an average of 120 voice commands per month on every console"


That's an EXTREMELY low usage number. That means 4 commands a DAY. Which basically amounts to turning on the thing ("Xbox, On") trying out a couple of commands and then just switching to the controller. Wow.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

After all the 180s Microsoft must have a concussion by now.  All Sony needs to do is drop their price in response.

lostn
lostn

So Microsoft.. can I have $100 back if I trade in my Kinect?

McCool69
McCool69

I am amazed at the number of people that get the impression that MS is ditching kinect alltogether.

That is far from true - most likely the kinect bundle will outsell the stripped down cheapo version by a large margin simply by being a much better deal than buying the cheapo version and kinect separately.

Both fans and developers should keep their pants on. With the numbers already sold and the kinect bundle being the clearly best deal down the line, the vast majority of Xbox one out there in 1, 3 or 5 years time will have kinect.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

It already looks better in pictures without the Kinect:)

Now just free up that atrocious 10% of resources dedicated to the damn fancy camera and we're in business! Maybe a slim non-vcr looking console in the future too?

WraistlinGill
WraistlinGill

Investors have to be reeling from the unprecedented amount of business blunders from Microsoft.


XBOX dONE.

thehollowones
thehollowones

Ah, this is a much much better article than the cesspool of console warring i.d.i.o.t.s (the fact I can't even say this w/o a pending, speaks volumes about this site's censorship, however) at IGN. You know what they did? They got the guy, I think something Moriarty, the guy who writes their PS4 stuff, to do this article and put as big a condescending tone on it as possible. The guy took a couple paragraphs worth of news and expanded into his own op-ed piece where all he does is talk down about MS for "copying" while exalting Sony. (of course, in the MOST passive-aggressive way possible to fool slower people, i.e fanboys)


And of course, the losers came out of the wood works and spammed thousands of Disqus comments where all they do is fight. Don't get me wrong, its happening on this article too, but so much less so that it is dumbfounding in comparison. Compared to IGN, everyone on this site is holding hands and singing songs. And why is that? Because the author of THIS article stuck to the facts and left rear kissing at the door. Be it Xbox, PS, Nintendo or PC, one thing is for sure, good Lord do I hate fanboys. Can I get an Amen?

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Shinjuki must be on suicide watch right now.


His dreams and fantasies of a Kinect based world forever dashed.


So much for the revolution.

RCT4ShouldExist
RCT4ShouldExist

I just want to say, I love the Microsoft hate. Keep up the good work. 

vinman1169
vinman1169

I don't understand why the playstation fans care so much about why xbox fans purchase an xbox. I mean seriously, does Sony drop a dime to any of you for your comments or testimonials. I have had every xbox manufactured except the one released alone side the X1. I had my red ring issues, but Microsoft replaced them for me, so no biggie. I can say that I have always been more than satisfied with what I got. All I do is game, that's it. I could care less about the less power, what is the big difference. The games I play that I like are Forza, Halo, and now Titanfall. Which lead to me purchasing yet another Xbox, and guess what, I LOVE IT!! Whatever you chose to spend your money on, enjoy it. Game On!!

sampson3121
sampson3121

x1 sucks, save 100$ on console, pay 25$ for headset adapter and 25$ for recharger, 50% less power and no free games each month like ps4. enjoy!

djwood84
djwood84

M$ continues to shift course without any clear vision.  They talk about features being critical to their vision for the system and then abandon them...  ehhhh...

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

This is good news. I'll be honest, I really thought and swore M$ would never let Kinect go until they made their R&D investment back. I was wrong. They decided to just go ahead and lose that investment instead of losing the whole war.

chisei_fuuma
chisei_fuuma

now i really cant see where M$ going. to me they just lost and dont know where to go. maybe they dont have anywhere to go or maybe they let many "voices" keep dragging them down.

sa18
sa18

this is great news! the 360 had so many options like the arcade version where you could buy the other stuff later and the price tag of the arcade was great, i wont use kinect, i dont like it i dont care about it, same thing i could say about the VR glasses, i just want to grab my controller and play some games, and pls start doing more offline 4 players games and game modes! me and my friens stili use the 360 and next gen we might go ps4, but at this rate with this changes im not so sure now. lets see where this race take us and me and my firends will chose later what next gen console we will pick up.

Overlord93
Overlord93

Makes so much sense. Had they launched with this they wouldn't be in such a mess. Kinect isn't useless, but you should be giving people reasons to want to buy it. Giving up on that they decided to try and force people to, and those sorts of bullish tactics will never work out. If Microsoft really wants everyone to use kinect, then they should get to work giving it some more damn uses other than just using it as an overpriced microphone.

hotwog21
hotwog21

for us that already have an xbox one this doesnt change anything, so...um....yeah....wow?

how about backward compatible with 360 and xbox live?

how about letting us chat to our friends on xbox360?


thats how u get back in the race muppets, choke on your console!! ur still stubborn and hell. you've backpedaled over and over seeing what u could get away with, u started so extreme and your trying to find that balance point, keeeeep going!!!!

hotwog21
hotwog21

will they take features like "xbox record that" hostage with no kinect?

blackace
blackace

Microsoft is unleashing BOMBS before the E3. They probably should have held this one back until the E3. Just makes be wonder what other HUGE announcements they have that is greater then this one.

shivam024
shivam024

may you keep getting no sales or low sales and may it comes down to a new X1 release with equal or more shader units than PS4 and with a GDDR5 ram at a price euqal to PS4's , I am waiting for that to happen :D , and then I'll buy your console :)  , but not now you are still weak unless you prove that you can give us 1080P gaming...

nothingformoney
nothingformoney

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! And they said that Kinect is god and you cannot use Xbox One without it.

I'm glad Spencer is turning things 180

lostn
lostn

@McCool69 Microsoft isn't ditching Kinect, but by turning it into a peripheral now, the market will ditch it.

 "That is far from true - most likely the kinect bundle will outsell the stripped down cheapo version by a large margin simply by being a much better deal than buying the cheapo version and kinect separately."

Yeah right. They are struggling right now. They sold 115k in April and the 360 has never sold this low before the XB1 released. The $100 premium is the most quoted reason for why people have not bought the XB1. How would it outsell the $400 sku? If it really were going to outsell the $400 sku, they wouldn't bother offering it. It would be all rosy in Redmond right now.


"Both fans and developers should keep their pants on. With the numbers already sold and the kinect bundle being the clearly best deal down the line, the vast majority of Xbox one out there in 1, 3 or 5 years time will have kinect."

There's no way you could NOT be a Microsoft shill if you actually believe this.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

They've already said that they are removing the 10% from the kinect.

combo164
combo164

Please explain how xbox is done. Without comparing to the ps4, the xbox one has sold 3 million within maybe 6-7 which is good and they have stated that it has sold more then the 360 in the same time. PS3 had a rough start of the cycle but made a come back. The same can happen to xbox one. It probably won't beat the ps4 in sales by the end of the generation but that doesn't mean it can't sale well overall.

Oh and the generation hasn't even gone on for a year yet. Fanboys just love saying how xbox is done just cause of the first year yet again forget about the PS3 rough start and turn around. And even if you aren't a fanboy, still sound pretty ignorant. This price drop will mostly bring in sales, new games for gold for xb1 can help and exclusives can help as well. Don't try to make it sound like you can predict the future and guarantee no way the xbox can come back.......

RCT4ShouldExist
RCT4ShouldExist

@vinman1169  I think its just really easy, now that Sony has a clearly superior product, to cooperatively punish this scummy company that seems to be a relic of a different age of computers. Xbox 360 was the least reliable console ever. Enough said.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@sampson3121 -corrections-   around 15% less overall power(Kinect resources take 10% on it's own), and the system will be 399.99 in June, and games with gold is coming also(plus not a rental service). Be proud of the ps4 tho, just focus on touting it's one or two good games to play more than random x1 hate.

joe_shickler
joe_shickler

@sampson3121  We're getting free games, the headset adapter is OPTIONAL, the recharger is OPTIONAL... ah, the "50% less powerful" argument, pathetic. 

howiex89
howiex89

@sampson3121  We're getting free games, not sure why you care tho as you clearly have a PS4.

BigCat2K20
BigCat2K20

@Overlord93 Now that Microsoft came out with the news, competition between PS4 & Xbox 1 will be interesting. I'll never understand why Microsoft wanted to forced customers buy Xbox 1 with the Kinect (when majority of gamers won't even use it) in the first place.

howiex89
howiex89

@hotwog21  Can PS4 owners chat to PS3 owners, have they got backward compatability? 

How can you bash MS for something both consoles lack

hotwog21
hotwog21

of course, this is micro$oft

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@nothingformoney  "you cannot use Xbox One without it" -- you always could, I never use mine plugged in, unless I'm playing Just Dance or Fitness...

EduardoESR
EduardoESR

@milleniaxender @DKant 

Seriously, how is that hate? Having a negative opinion towards something =/= hate. He actually made a good point.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@RCT4ShouldExist The first batches of 360's were horrid, but the reliability was superb later on. And ALLL big corporations are scummy, wise up chief. The bigger they all the more evil and while Miscroscam does indeed suck, Sony isn't exactly your mom and pop store down the road lol.

vinman1169
vinman1169

Well, I love my 360, and I love my X1. I have no issues with someone who prefers the PS4. It's just that, their preference.

papi0006
papi0006

I've been try to tell my friends the same thing ps3

headset rechargeable controller rechargeable free MP and all game companies did last console is just dumb down any game that comes multiplatform older gens you could tell the difference. As long as Microsoft is in the game they will dumb down the games to keep them balanced.

-JMD-
-JMD-

@howiex89 I can talk to PS3 owners dude and i have a PS4. I am not an elitist jerk that wont talk to ppl that dont have a PS4... That is so wrong dude.