Microsoft made the choice of buying an Xbox One a little easier for some folks this morning with the announcement of a Kinect-free version of the console. You'll be able to buy Xbox One without Kinect for $399 starting on June 9.
According to Microsoft, the new Xbox One will be available everywhere the console is sold, and Kinect is set to arrive this fall as a standalone product for those who still want one. There will still be a $499 premium Xbox One option that bundles Kinect, and Microsoft makes sure to stress that the motion-control device "remains an important part of our vision."
Microsoft also announced added value for Xbox Live Gold members, and they'll be bringing the program to Xbox One in June. Xbox 360 offerings for that month include Dark Souls, Charlie Murder, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. There will also be discounts on certain games.
Good news for those without Gold, too. Microsoft is finally lifting the Gold requirement for apps like Netflix, HBO GO, Machinima, Twitch, and more. There's a full list here.