The Xbox One has only been on store shelves for six months, but Microsoft is already taking action to try to close the sales gap held by Sony’s PlayStation 4. Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox One will soon be available without the Kinect camera for $399 – the same price as the PlayStation 4. Microsoft also announced that you’ll no longer need a $60 yearly subscription to Xbox Live Gold to access media apps like Netflix or Hulu. And, if you WERE paying for an Xbox Live Gold subscription just to access those apps, Microsoft said it will issue pro-rated refunds to anyone who cancels their subscription by the end of August. We’re still in the very early stages of this video game console cycle, but slower-than-expected console sales forced Microsoft’s hand. So if you’ve been waiting to buy Microsoft’s latest and greatest and don’t think you’ll want or use the Kinect, the $399 version of the console will hit store shelves on June 9.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 20, 2014
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).