Another Policy Change: Xbox One No Longer Requires Kinect to Function

xbox-oneSince its E3 press conference and the consumer fallout from its policy announcements, Microsoft have since been constantly making U-turns and changes to those policy. We saw the big180 on its always on internet requirements and games DRM, then having announced the Xbox One will ship without a headset, an unboxing video by Major Nelson last seek showed that the system does come with a headset. Now Microsoft have announced another major change.

Microsoft has revealed that the console will no longer require Kinect to function. In IGN’s latest Ask Microsoft Anything (a liveblog being hosted by IGN in which senior Microsoft exec’s answer questions and reveal new information on the Xbox One), Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten revealed that Xbox One owners will be able to use all of the console’s core functions regardless of whether the new Kinect sensor is connected.

Whitten also said:

You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won’t work. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you’ll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue.

Now with these wave of changes and this specific change to the Kinect system, it makes me think that we will soon hear of a version of the Xbox One that will come without a Kinect and cost wait for it……..£349.99 or $399.99. Exactly the same of the PS4. If not for launch then probable early in 2014.

Source: IGN

Reporter: Soulfinger

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One comment

  1. jms1701 /

    Hi Soulfinger,
    It still sounds to me that it possibly still needs to be connected though – the statement doesn’t say that it doesn’t have to be plugged in as it’s still used as an IR sensor (why it’s not Bluetooth I don’t know).
    I’d still take that as it’s no guarantee at all that they will release it without the Kinect and match Sony’s price. If that happens I could just see Sony reducing their price further to compensate.

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