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Microsoft removes Kinect sensor from Xbox One in bid to outcompete Sony

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

The new price of US$399 begins June 9.

Microsoft says it is also allowing entertainment apps like Netflix to be used on both the Xbox One and the older Xbox 360 console without having to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership, which costs US$60 a year.

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

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