Despite stating on multiple occasions that they had no plans of releasing an Xbox One SKU without the Kinect, Microsoft has announced today, that a Kinect-less version will drop on June 9. It will cost $399, the same price as Sony’s PlayStation 4.
MS has also revealed that both Games with Gold and Deals with Gold promotions will be available in June for its next-gen console, allowing owners with a Gold membership to chance to get free games as well as special discounts.
Lastly it has been confirmed that many apps and services such as Netflix, Youtube and Hulu Plus will no longer require a Gold membership in order to access them.
Despite deciding to release Xbox with the Kinect bundled in Microsoft has made it clear that they are not giving up on it.
“To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision. Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Some of the most popular voice commands include “Xbox On,” “Xbox Broadcast” and “Xbox Record That.” We will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more. “
The Kinect will also be made available to purchase separately in the fall, for those who decide to get one later.
The 8G Wii U Basic is going to be discontinued. An internal Gamestop message says that the company will stop selling the 8GB Wii U on June 18th. This might be only Gamestop’s decision, but it’s probable that Nintendo will also decide to focus on the 32GB Deluxe model.
The Wii U prices have lowered before, so it is possible that Nintendo will significantly drop the price of the Wii U to hopefully push sales. At this time, Nintendo and Gamestop have not commented as this is just a rumor, but the source Kotaku, have been right before. If Nintendo does discontinue to 8GB Basic model, we will probably find out on June 11th when a Nintendo Direct Broadcast is planned.
GRID 2 has debuted at #1 on the UK Sales Charts with Dead Island Riptide, Resident Evil Revelations, and Metro: Last Light still holding their own in the Top 10. Grand Theft Auto IV on Xbox 360 Classics earned itself 19th place without even trying. View the entire chart below provided by GamesPress for media consumption of the UK Sales for week ending on June 1, 2013.
You can pre-order the full digital edition of the game starting today on the PlayStation Store. The game will be a Day 1 Digital download, this means you can get it at midnight on June 14th. The digital edition features a unique download installer which will allow you to start playing the game once the data is over half way downloaded. That way you don’t have to wait for the full game to download before you can play it.
If you want to get in all three of those DLC packs at discounted price, grab the Season Pass. The Last of Us Season Pass DLC is available for pre-order now on PlayStation Store. For only $19.99, you can get all the three DLC Packs. This is a 30% discount over the pricing of the DLC packs individually. The Season Pass will be available at your local GameStop when you pick up The Last of Us, as well. Unique to Season Pass buyers are the following Day 1
Day 1 Bonuses
Increased Crafting Speed
Increased Healing Speed
9mm Reload Speed Upgrade
Rifle Clip Capacity Upgrade
Grounded – exclusive 90min “Making of The Last of Us” documentary
These Day 1 bonuses will help you get a head start and an edge in Joel and Ellie’s struggle to survive through the single player campaign of The Last of Us. The documentary, Grounded, is an in-depth look at the making of The Last of Us throughout its development.
Mojang (creators of MineCraft) has released a trailer for their newest game Scrolls. Scrolls will hit Open Beta on June 3rd. You’ll be able to buy Scrolls for £13/€15/$20. It will be available for PC and Mac.
There will be a new dashboard update for Xbox Live that’s rumored to be discontinuing Microsoft Points as retail currency. The user interface will be refreshed with smaller Live Tiles, similar to what Microsoft is developing for Windows 8.1, Microsoft is also said to be changing the look of the Xbox dashboard, with the possibility of darker and lighter themes. The update will go into beta testing during June and July 2013, but won’t be available to the public until August. These are only rumors. But they seem to be legit.