The latest in Microsoft's backflips.
By Jess Colwill on August 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm
In their latest backflip on the XBox One, Microsoft are now saying that, though every system will come with a Kinect, you are able to play and use your Xbox without the Kinect plugged in. Let’s say that again: You can play your Xbox One without the Kinect. Speaking to IGN on the subject, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten had this to say.
“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.”
Kotaku went to Microsoft for further clarification and learned that even games that use the Kinect for only supplemental features can be used without the Kinect.
“If Kinect is only used to enable supplemental features in a particular title, then you will still be able to play that game if Kinect is unplugged. Games where Kinect is required – like “Kinect Sports Rivals,” for example – will of course need the sensor to be plugged in.”
Maybe that sounds obvious to you, but I for one expected Microsoft to then require the Kinect for even supplemental features. So this is a good sign, all round, methinks.