It has been announced today by Phil Spencer that Microsoft’s latest games console, the Xbox One, will have another price drop starting June 7th.
This price drop will see the console drop from £399.99 to £349.99, while also taking out the Kinect 2.0 which originally was mandatory for every new console. This comes as a sudden and unexpected surprise to the industry, as it seems Microsoft have taken another turn to get better sales by making it more accessible to everyone to get their latest outing in the console world.
Also outlined in the press release was the latest on what would be happening with Xbox Live. Microsoft have listened to their users and have made a number of applications available to anyone, whether they have an Xbox Live membership or not. The current list of these is as follows;
- Univision Deportes,
- Red Bull TV,
- HBO GO,
- NFL app for Xbox One,
- NBA Game Time,
- NHL Game Center,
- Internet Explorer,
Another outlined section was news of the “Games for Gold” promotion, it has been running for around one year now, and as part of this, gamers that have Xbox Live Gold will get access to no less than five games in June, two of which will see the debut of “Games for Gold for Xbox One”, these games are as follows;
- Dark Souls (Xbox 360)
- Charlie Murder (Xbox 360)
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Xbox 360)
- Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One/360)
- Max: The curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)
Another point outlined is that all gold users on Xbox One will have access to special discounts on various games and add-ons, starting with Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and a few other things not yet outlined. Another addition is a specialised “VIP Room” for gold members with free games, monthly discounts and added benefits that is only available on Xbox One.
Overall, the news is very welcoming to the gaming community, and I feel it shows Microsoft have listened to their fans for the past year. What do you think of the news?