Despite first stating that the Xbox One would not work without the Kinect, Microsoft has today announced that they will in fact be launching a version of the the next generation console without the Kinect from June 9th for £349.

Alongside the release, Microsoft are also reducing the requirements for Xbox Live within certain entertainment apps from June, allowing everyone to play free games, and access services like Twitch, GoPro, HBO Go, Skype and much more without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

They will also be allowing those without a Gold membership to play online, as well as granting users access to the Free Games with Gold service on the Xbox One, granting Gold members either Dark Souls, Charlie Murder or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition for free.

They will also be launching a new program called Deals with Gold in June, which will grant savings between 50 and 75 per cent on the console, starting with Forza 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome. There will also be a special VIP area for Gold members which will grant them free games, monthly deals and more.

All great news, however I would say that it’s probably worth paying an extra £50 for the Kinect bundle of the Xbox One, given that without it users won’t be able to use the voice or face recognition features, which do come in handy from time to time, for instance being able to sign in automatically with just your face is a feature that you don’t really notice, but always comes in handy.

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