Microsoft dooms Xbox One Kinect to become an optional accessory

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Microsoft has announced an Xbox One retail package that does not include a Kinect sensor. The new SKU will be $399 and will have all the games and apps available to the normal Xbox One except buyers of the new SKU won’t be able to use Kinect features until they purchase an optional sensor that will be sold separately. The official news post from Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of the Xbox division, stresses that Kinect is still an “important” part of the company’s vision for the console, but recognizes that the consumer feedback pushed for a Kinect-less Xbox One.

The $399 Xbox One without Kinect goes on sale on June 9th, the same day as Microsoft’s scheduled pre-E3 press conference.