Confirming previous rumours, Microsoft has announced that it'll be releasing an Xbox One without Kinect on June 9.

Many gamers have been calling out for the option to buy the console without Microsoft's new Kinect sensor, and now those prayers have been answered.

Without Kinect, the console will sell for £350 ($399), bringing it down to match the PS4.

Not so vital?

Since the Xbox One reveal, Microsoft has pushed Kinect as an essential part of the console. The latest news does come across as a bit of an admission that Kinect didn't take off quite as well as the company had hoped.

But Microsoft is keen to emphasise that pairing the console with Kinect still offers "the best" experience for gamers.

The Kinect sensor will be sold as a standalone accessory later in the year, in case you change your mind.

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