Shack Snack: May 14, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 14, 2014 6:00am PDT

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Xbox One getting $399 version without Kinect in June

Microsoft announced a new, cheaper retail option for Xbox One today, without Kinect included. It will launch June 9 for $399, putting it on-par with the price of the PlayStation 4. The company also confirmed reports that entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch will be accessible without a Gold subscription starting in early June.

Report: Microsoft removing Xbox Gold requirement for Netflix and Hulu

One of the starkest differences between Microsoft and Sony's online offerings has been the Xbox Gold requirement to access video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Users can watch Netflix movies on PlayStation systems without being members of PlayStation Plus. Microsoft is reportedly planning to rectify that situation soon.

Xbox One getting 'subscription-based' Games with Gold next month

Microsoft made a number of announcements today, including a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle, as well as less limitations to its apps. But the company is really moving forward with its Games With Gold program, not only bringing a trio of great games for the Xbox 360, but also debuting the program for Xbox One--with one notable caveat.

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