The lights are on
We knew that the Xbox One's Kinect could be turned off in the settings, but today we've learned even more. The Kinect 2.0 need not even be connected to the Xbox One.
The news was revealed in an ongoing question and answer session IGN has been conducting with Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten. "That said, like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor," Whitten wrote.
Should you wish to leave the device connected, the Xbox One will prompt users to turn it on should they attempt to use anything that requires the Kinect. When off, the cameras and microphones are not receiving external data. This news is the latest in a long line of policy reversals, including a system-wide shift in digital rights management, indie self-publishing, and including a headset in the box.
Our TakeThe door is now open for a post-launch, Kinect-free Xbox One. Microsoft is putting the device's value in the hands of developers now. Given all the gameplay data that developers and publishers can collect, you can bet that there will be statistics generated based on optional Kinect usage.
We might never see them, but if Microsoft decides to drop it from the box along the way, we'll be able to read between the lines. For the security conscious among you, does this change your mind about the Xbox One?
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Even though I still don't plan on buying a One as least not for a couple more years and price drops, this is great news for everyone!
why don't they make up their minds?! Now make the purchase of a kinect optional
If they don't take it out of the box and drop the price, then what's the point? That extra hundred dollars is a much bigger deal than just having to keep it plugged in.
As an owner of three xbox 360s my mind was made up to jump ship to the PS4 right after the xbox One reveal. All of the backtracking hasn't changed my mind. I'll pick up an xbox One years from now for the exclusives.
what will they remove next week?
I think this is great, but it's still going to take some major convincing for me. The reason I'm against Xbox One is that it's trying to be more than a dedicated gaming console. I don't buy into their all-in-one vision for the system because I don't believe you can make the best games possible on a console that isn't solely for playing them. I know the Wii U is under par when it comes to tech, but it's not trying to be a cable-box before an innovative way to play games. Any changes to Nintendo's hardware between console generations are in the name of making the greatest, most unique game experiences possible. I would say that is far more deserving of my money than this blasphemy Microsoft has created.