Microsoft to Sell Xbone Without Kinect, Removing Gold Paywall for Netflix

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Microsoft to Sell Xbone Without Kinect, Removing Gold Paywall for Netflix
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Even though they've been adamant that the Xbox One would never come without Kinect, Microsoft has just announced a version without it. Starting June 9th, you can buy a Kinectless Xbox One for $399.



In other Xbox news, Microsoft is also removing the Gold requirement from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, meaning customers won't have to pay twice to watch streaming video on their Xbox.

Teen Has SWAT Team Sent Over to Rival's House as Revenge for Beating Him in Call of Duty

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Teen Has SWAT Team Sent Over to Rival's House as Revenge for Beating Him in Call of Duty
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About 3 p.m., the caller said his foe had killed his brother and mother, but cops arriving at the Long Beach address found his 17-year-old video game opponent playing "Call of Duty" in his own home, CBS 2 reported.

The perpetrator placed his emergency call using the Internet and could be anywhere across the globe. Investigators are trying to track down the call's origin.

Facebook Buying Oculus Rift for $2 Billion

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Facebook Buying Oculus Rift for $2 Billion
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In a statement today, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's acquisition of VR development company Oculus, saying they plan to not only support Oculus' current efforts, but also to help them expand and make VR a platform for more than just games:

We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

Read Zuckerberg's full statement here. Facebook's two billion dollar purchase includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock.

Sony Announces PlayStation Now at CES 2014

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PlayStation Now is a new streaming service that will allow Sony consumers to stream PS games on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones: "In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony's BRAVIA® TV*2 lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices." The first two games slotted to be available via the service are The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. Get more details from the video above.

Evolve is on the February Cover of Game Informer

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Evolve is on the February Cover of Game Informer
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From Game Informer:

The sci-fi multiplayer-focused shooter pits a four-player crew of alien hunters against a separate player-controlled monster that grows larger and more powerful over the course of matches. Each hunter features its own unique items and abilities, and while the monster may be outnumbered, its size and an assortment of devastating attacks make it a more than formidable foe. Like Turtle Rock's previous titles, Evolve is being built with variety and replayabilty in mind; the result is a novel mix of cooperative and competitive multiplayer elements that's unlike anything we've played before. Our exclusive hands-on time with the game's four-versus-one hunt mode left us with plenty to be excited about, and you can get all the details in this month's issue.