Xbox One No Longer Requires “Always On” Kinect
Microsoft has yet again reversed another unpopular feature in the controversial Xbox One.
When Microsoft announced in June during E3 that the Xbox One will have a restriction on used games, required internet connectivity, as well as an “Always On” Kinect many fans were furious.
Shortly after the announcement Microsoft lifted the used game restrictions allowing players to buy used games as well to borrow them from a friend.
This also meant that players no longer have to install the game to the system in order to play.
Microsoft also stated during that same announcement that their Xbox One console no longer needed to constantly be online to function.
Xbox One Corporate Vice President Mark Whitten, revealed that players will now have the option to use the Kinect features and that the camera and sensor would no longer be a requirement for the Xbox One.
“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,” Whitten said.
Whitten also stated that the function can be turned back on at any time through the settings.
This announcement now gives Microsoft an option to possibly include an Xbox One without Kinect when it launches in November. Doing so would knock $100 of the now priced $500 system bundled with the Kinect. At this time, it is unknown if Microsoft will release their console to where players can buy the system with or without the Kinect.
If Microsoft does announce later that players will have a choice on buying the One with or without the Kinect , this will make their system more competitive with Sony’s Playstation 4, which was announced at $400 during E3 for it's November release.