Worried About Kinect? The Xbox One Won’t Need It Anymore
Remember that time when Microsoft, overnight, confirmed that the Xbox One would no longer require an internet connection to function? Well, they seem to like that way of announcing things, and just a week before their conference At Gamescom Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox One will no longer require the Kinect to be connected at all times.
So yes, all of you worrying about being “spied” on can now breathe easy.
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Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten confirmed the change last night, stating that while all Xbox One consoles will still ship with the Kinect, the console itself will not require it to function.
“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 also revealed that players can now turn the camera off completely, putting it into a mode where it’s not collecting information at all. Of course, this also means you’ll have to manually turn it back on to function, but it is something people have been asking for.
“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.”
No there are still bound to be those angry that the Kinect will ship with every console, but personally I think that’s still a good idea, and one Microsoft should not retreat on. Having 100% of your consumer base owning a certain peripheral assures developers that additional development time and money spent on Kinect specific features won’t go to waste, as their entire market will be able to utilise it. This was one of the downfalls of the first Kinect, since studios were cautious to make a game for a market that only comprised of around 20% of Xbox 360 owners.
But again, Microsoft are committed to showing that they are listening to the feedback they’re receiving. It’s going to be interesting to see what they have in store for us at Gamescom next Tuesday.