The price of admission to thousands of dollars of value in Xbox gaming just got a hell of a lot lower today, with Microsoft offiering a $399 USD Xbox One package that includes everything from the original $499 bundle but the Kinect motion sensor beginning this June 9th. Once blamed for unreasonably inflating the suggested retail pricing of the Xbox One over the competing PlayStation 4, Kinect ownership will soon be a choice that prospective purchasers themselves get to make.
Making Kinect an optional purchase is yet another about-face Microsoft has made with its evolving Xbox One strategy. The company previously maintained that it simply wouldn't be possible to offer Xbox One without Kinect, as the peripheral's features were considered essential to the console's functionality. Offering Xbox One without Kinect suggests that even Microsoft is willing to accept it being more of a nice bonus, provided consumers are willing to pay extra for it.
The new $399 USD pricing also conveniently puts the Xbox One at parity with PS4's price. According to Microsoft, the new Kinect-less bundle will be offered in all markets where the Xbox One is sold, which means lower prices in quite a few places!