Since the release of the next-gen consoles both Sony and Microsoft have been doing well but Sony’s PS4 has been doing much better but that could all change with the announcements Microsoft made in regards to their consoles. One of the biggest reasons that people might be more inclined to purchase the PS4 over the Xbox One is the $100 dollar difference between the systems due in part to the system being bundled with the Kinect. It seems that will no longer be the case. Starting June 9th you will be able to purchase the Xbox One without the Kinect for $399 and for those that wish to purchase the Kinect will be able to at a later time. I think this is a bit unfortunate but I understand why they did it, they are a business and need to be able to compete with others. I guess will have to wait and see if people still purchase the Kinect and if developers develop games for it.
Also Microsoft says that you will no longer need an Xbox Gold membership in order to access the streaming apps available on the consoles like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO. I think this is a smart move on Microsoft part and long overdue especially when they want to be considered as the all in one entertainment system for your household which is what they where pushing to consumers at last years E3.
The last news is that Games with Gold will be tweaked a bit for the Xbox One come this June. Those with an Xbox Gold membership will be able to download 2 free games every month. In similar fashion just like Playstation Plus members, you will need to maintain your membership in order to play the games you have downloaded.
For those who still don’t own a console do you see yourself purchasing one after these announcements particularly the $100 less price tag or do you see no reason to get the console just yet ?