A less expensive, Kinect-less version of the Xbox One will be available for purchase this summer, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.
According to sources the company made this change in response to user feedback from gamers, who complained that they simply wanted to play their games with a traditional controller. This contradicts previous statements made by Microsoft, who as late as February said they had no intention of removing the Kinect from future iterations of the console. However this will certainly help sales of the console, which is currently in competition against Sony’s Playstation 4. There are many problems associated with the Kinect such as limited game developer support, a less than stellar performance record and fears over privacy.
The new iteration will be available on June 9th for $399. In addition the company also announced they will remove the monthly fee required to access applications like Youtube or streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This price cut also goes into effect on June 9th.
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