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Microsoft unbundles Kinect from Xbox One, drops price to $399

In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, the Microsoft Xbox One console, shown with Kinect, is on display at the GameStop Expo in Las Vegas.

In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, the Microsoft Xbox One console, shown with Kinect, is on display at the GameStop Expo in Las Vegas.  (AP/Invision/File)

In a move to spur sales of the Xbox One and catch up with rival Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft says it will start selling the console without the Kinect sensor, which cuts $100 from the price.

The new price of $399 begins June 9.

Microsoft says it is also allowing entertainment apps like Netflix to be used without having to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership, which costs $60 a year.

The membership will continue to be required for multiplayer games but will also provide discounts on games and free games.

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