Microsoft in Xbox One Kinect U-turn

Microsoft have changed the requirements for Xbox One, saying that the console will no longer required the Kinect camera to be connected for it to work. The company previously stated that “Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases”, but Marc Whitten, the Chief Product Officer at the computing giant says that this is no longer the case. Whitten now says that users will not be able to use any function that explicitly requires the use of the sensor but this will not mean that the console will shut down completely if a connection is not in place.

Sensor Can Be Left In Box

Previously, Microsoft has claimed that the Kinect camera and console controller depended upon each other. This U-turn is just the latest in a series of reversals which have in the past included the “Internet check-in” requirement being abandoned. This demanded that if the console couldn’t connect to the internet every 24 hours, key features of the Xbox One would be disabled. Users will also have the option of preventing the sensor from collecting information by simply switching it off.

Out By Christmas

Some potential users of the new console had showed concerned about the demands, hinting at privacy concerns. Microsoft have also changed their minds about DRM in the run-up to the launch of the console. Users will now be able to leave the Kinect sensor in the box without missing out on many of the facilities that the product will offer. Whitten also said that no-cross platform chat between the new console and the Xbox 360 would be possible, though messaging will still be possible between both consoles. An “unboxing” video of the new console was recently uploaded which showed that the product will ship with a mono headset. There is still no official release date for the console, which is expected to hit stores in time for the Christmas rush.



Joao Beirao


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