Kinect-Free Xbox One Will Cost $499 In Australia

Tempted by an Xbox One but can’t see the point of Kinect? Come 9 June, you’ll have the option of buying a Kinect-free Xbox One for $499.

That’s a $100 saving on the standard list price for an Xbox One with Kinect. The US pricing for the Kinect-free bundle is $US399, but once you factor in the exchange rate and 10 per cent GST, the difference isn’t quite so large — I calculate the full converted price at around $470. (And as ever, I’d shop around to avoid paying full price anyway).

Microsoft is also removing the requirement to have an Xbox Gold membership to access entertainment services. The line-up of TV and movie streaming services on offer in Australia is a lot weaker than elsewhere, so this isn’t such a big change, but it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.

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