Microsoft dropped some pre-E3 announcements this week. Check out the full blog here, notes below.

· A connect-free version of the Xbox One is coming. Available in all markets Xbox One is sold, the new console will retail for $399 beginning June 9. If you have a change of heart post-purchase, MS will offer a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One later this fall.

· The Xbox Live Gold requirement is being dropped for entertainment apps. Moving forward, apps like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, NFL, etc can all be used whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Related, Microsoft will offer prorated refunds to any customers that want out of the premium service.