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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Dropping Kinect from the system and lopping $100 off the price is the only way I'd be interested.
My decision is getting harder and harder as the changes come and the days pass.
Why should it?
I don't know if it was brand loyalty, misplaced patriotism, or what, but I really wanted an Xbox One and the Kinect was the main hang-up. If there is a Kinect-less, cheaper version coming, I'd be all over it. That said, when I have the cash on hand to do so, I plan on getting a PS4 as well.
Im happy for this, loved what MS has done so far, still im getting a PS4. Dont get me wrong, like i said, i like this, but still they didnt go this way from the beginning and because of that loosed a lot of customers, maybe in the future if they have exclusives that Im interested on, I will buy it, but for now, every one that gets an XboxOne, enjoy it.
I'm a long time 360 owner who was devastated by the initial news concerning the xb1's many restrictions. I immediately jumped on the ps4 bandwagon but in light of MS wisely listening to their customers, I'm open to the xb1 again. All I'm waiting for is a cheaper option without Kinect and I'm staying a MS customer.
I not sure sure if this comepletely changes my mind about purchasing an Xbox One but I sure am glad that Microsoft is listening to their consumers.
Great news! XD And yes, this does put most of my security paranoia at ease. 8)
Despite Microsoft's reversal on all their questionable policies, I now have almost zero faith in them. How am I suppose to believe anything they say now? I have a 360 and I'd intended to get a One, even before any of the changes. It certainly would have waited until some time after I got my PS4, but it was on the list. Now, I'm really not so sure.
Nice, I was just gonna turn the thing off back when it had to be connected, now I can just unplug it, awesome!
Now this is the system I was hoping for. Microsoft is a slow headed beast but they catch on eventually.
I was all for the PS4, and had signed off on the One. Every day that goes by seems to draw the Xbox One further into the picture as my first purchase. As usual I will wait out the initial launch and let things die down a bit before making my final choice. If you don't have a lame bias, tons of friends buying a specific console, or money to buy them both, then I would recommend you do the same.
There are a lot of flaming opinions on here, it really is quite entertaining to see. People, good for a laugh.