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At launch, Microsoft’s Xbox One was $100 more expensive than the rival PlayStation 4. In some aspects that was never quite the fair comparison since the Xbox One was bundled with the Kinect sensor while the equivalent PlayStation Move is not included with the base PS4. Microsoft has now leveled the playing field with the announcement of a new $399 Kinect-free version of the Xbox One.

That isn’t the only announcement Microsoft made. Entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus will no longer require the Xbox Gold membership to be used. This also applies to owners of the Xbox 360. Microsoft noted that the moves were made in response to user feedback. In exchange, Gold members will receive additional perks like free games and deals. These changes will go live in June.

What do you think of the new $399 Xbox One and the changes to Xbox Live? Are you interested in an Xbox One sans the Kinect? Let us know in the comments below or via our social media pages.

Source: Microsoft

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