Microsoft to sell Kinect-less Xbox One for $399 — the same price as the PS4

Microsoft XboxOne-NoKinnectis reversing course on the Xbox One — again.

The company has announced it will begin selling a version of its next-generation console — minus the somewhat controversial Kinect peripheral — for $399 starting June 9. The move is the latest in a series of surprising decisions Microsoft has made since its initial introduction of the system, as it had previously described Kinect as an essential part of the new Xbox experience.

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Xbox One: Julie-Larson Green May Fit In Just Fine

Gamers larson-green– and the games media – hate the unknown. They thrive in a biosphere where leaks pre-announce major moves and no one is all that surprised when its made official.

That’s what made Microsoft’s decision to replace Don Mattrick with Julie Larson-Green so frustrating for some. She was, to many, an unknown. And that quickly led some to question her qualifications, which eventually led to prophecies of doom for the Xbox in some forums.

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Julie Larson-Green named new Xbox boss

Steve julie-larson-green-xbox-head-top630Ballmer’s massive overhaul of Microsoft’s executive office and business practices has cleared up the mystery of who will take over the Xbox division after the shocking departure of Don Mattrick.

The reorganization, announced Thursday, will put two long-time veterans of the company in charge of its console division, with different areas of focus.

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Despite Xbox One policy reversals, Microsoft critics remain

The xbox-one-critics-remain-top630Xbox team has got to feel a little like a punching bag these days.

Even after an unprecedented policy reversal in which Microsoft shockingly changed its stance on used games and mandatory Internet connectivity on the Xbox One, the company is still facing criticism — this time from gamers who argue that Microsoft should have stuck by its guns.

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Microsoft Bows to Consumer Pressure, Sets Xbox One Free

Less xboxone-e3than one week after E3, Microsoft has announced a major policy change on the most controversial policies of the Xbox One, bowing to growing negative consumer sentiment.

In a stunning reversal, the company announced that the system would no longer require an Internet connection (beyond an initial period when users first set up their system), dropped all restrictions on trading and loaning games to friends and did away with region-locking restrictions.

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E3: Scenes From the Video Game Circus

The scenes from e3video-game industry’s annual E3 trade show is much like a carnival. And to get a true sense of the barely controlled chaos, you need to look past the game booths and crowded show floor.

This year, Nintendo offered people who were unable to attend the show (which is the vast majority of the gaming population) the opportunity to play demos of the unreleased games at more than 100 Best Buy locations around the country. That gave fans a bite of the smorgasbord.

E3 is a constantly moving, nearly organic being. Capturing all of the show’s eccentricities is impossible, but here are a few snapshots of the industry’s annual party-trade show.

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Microsoft clarifies ‘always on’, used games fees and more for Xbox One

Ever xbox-onesince Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the world’s been abuzz over conflicting information about whether you’d have to keep the console connected to the Internet, exactly how intrusive the new, improved Kinect would be, and the fate of used games.

With E3 2013 looming, Microsoft has finally given clearer answers to those questions — though they’re not going to make everyone happy.

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