Xbox One will come with a Kinect, yes – but you can unplug it!

Kinect

By 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.

Source: IGN, Kotaku, thanks Sathias!

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huh? So you are saying that the new Xbox plays games too?

 

Ssoooo why was it there in the first place?

 

mrd,

Wait what? It does?

 

That was the last backflip I needed MS to do for them to get my Xbox One sale.

 

Now they just need to ensure there are some games on it that I actually want to play. I barely touch my 360 anymore, just haven’t found very many compelling SP or couch co-op tiles, everything else I use my PC for.

 

matty:
Ssoooo why was it there in the first place?

I honestly think this was a bad move by microsoft.
They’re telling consumers “we’re changing our mind because we tried to screw you and we didn’t get away with it”. If they stuck to their original message of “we know these things cause an inconvenience but they will be worth it trust us” and then had amazing first party software that used all this stuff to back it up they could have done really well from it. The message they have sent is “we’re out of touch with our consumers and unsure about our products”

 

We have known this since the XOne ‘event’ and I for one am NOT happy about it. It is a breach of privacy. I personally think laptops should not have built in cameras and mic. Same for phones and so on. To much privacy breaching opportunity for viruses and hackers.

 

This is their 4th 180, so they’re up to 720.

I wonder if they can challenge Tony Hawk for a 1080!

 

Please people I beg you, don’t reward them for being forced to changing their minds, punish them for ever trying to pull that shit in the first place.

 

jagji,

you can unplug most laptop mic/cameras easily enough if you’re really that paranoid about your privacy and they will work fine.

You’re right you shouldn’t be forced to have something that can be used to spy on you tho.

schrapple: Please people I beg you, don’t reward them for being forced to changing their minds, punish them for ever trying to pull that shit in the first place

You don’t think companies should be rewarded for listening to consumers ?

I agree tho they could turn around and reverse this decision at any point in the future that it suits them so I would be wary.

 

Teenage boys wanting to play Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball will be breathing a sigh of relief upon reading that.

 

You don’t think companies should be rewarded for listening to consumers ?

Well gee, how noble of them. And all it took was a public backlash instead of doing things right in the first place.

 

jagji,

You’re telling me that you’re worried about privacy from hackers, let me just clear up some cold hard facts for you. The home of the internet, aka The American Government, can access any piece of software you can physically touch that is connected to the internet, and tap into its video/audio streams as well as every single information you can think of – without ever needing a court apeal. To further dramatize the issue, they can access any phones microphone or webcam at any time – provided they enter a short reason justifying the cause, no matter what.

 

popman125,

If justification is needed then the word “terrorism” works quite well these days.

 

spooler,

They haven’t listened to anyone, they have had years to develop this product and clearly haven’t asked anyone anything. They “listened” after they had been torn to pieces by consumers, the media and then embarrassed by Sony.

They shouldn’t be rewarded, because they haven’t done a good thing, they have been forced to not do a bad thing.

 

schrapple: They haven’t listened to anyone

schrapple: They “listened” after

^ tell me you didn’t just create an oxy moron…

schrapple: They shouldn’t be rewarded, because they haven’t done a good thing, they have been forced to not do a bad thing.

Why was it objectively a bad thing ? it may have been a thing you didn’t like but obviously they thought it was a good idea at the time for whatever reason and are listening to consumers rather than sticking to their original design.

So basically what you are saying is that if someone proposes a bad idea and then says “look you guys are right we didn’t think about your point of view we’ll reverse our stance on that”. the fact that they did the right thing and listened to other opinions should be completely over looked ?

I suppose you’re also in favour of having thought police.

 
jerichosainte

it just shows very poor direction from Microsoft management.

Sony have nailed it straight out of the box for consumers and developers.

I know where my money is going.

 

jerichosainte: I know where my money is going.

I hope the answer is Valve.

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

the built a house of cards of “features” and the have all been flipped now, hopefully next expo we get a show case of games and not tv channells

 

storm84:
Teenage boys wanting to play Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball will be breathing a sigh of relief upon reading that.

Best comment ever!

I kinda skimmed through the comments, but if you can disconnect it, why not make a model that doesn’t have it included and lower the price to be in line, or cheaper than the PS4?

Sure, you can unplug it now, but you’re still getting screwed by being charged for a piece of hardware that you either don’t want or will barely use (thus wouldn’t buy it anyway). Of course these are generalized views and may not being your individual view.
To word it to keep in line with the comment section, they’re still doing a ‘bad thing’, by making you pay for their bad idea. Only difference now is that you have the ‘luxury’ of removing it/not using something you paid for.

Basically sounds like “We heard you don’t like the idea, but we’ve already manufactured millions of these things and know we won’t be able to move a large enough quantity if we don’t bundle it with the machine”. I find it odd because I swear there was an article ‘claiming’ the Kinect itself cost ~$200 and they were selling at minimal profit.

 
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