It would appear that Microsoft has yet again decided to pull another 180, this time in regards to the Kinect sensor.
Previously at E3, we were told that the Xbox One would not function without the Kinect sensor connected to the console. Well last night on IGN, Marc Whitten, Chief Xbox One Platform Architect was asked “How “off” can Kinect be when the system is in use?” and to this he replied ” 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.”
So the Kinect is no longer mandatory, but they are still selling every console with one. What do you guys think of this new turn of events?
You can see the whole AMA (Ask me anything) over at IGN.
By Dayne “Anjel” Cody