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Microsoft won’t be dropping the Xbox One Kinect requirement

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Yesterday Geoff snuck in a sucker punch post reporting that Microsoft has kicked their DRM policies to the curb. The internet erupted with the masses congratulating themselves for changing Microsoft’s mind and many had hoped that the Kinect requirement would be dropped next. It’s not happening.

In an interview with IGN Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten confirmed that the Xbox One will still require the Kinect to work.

“We still believe Kinect is a really critical part of the architecture, we think it changes the way you can interact with your experiences, being able to control the box with your voice or with gestures, being able to do Skype. And we want game and interactive entertainment creators to be able to know they can take advantage of it, and we want it to be completely consistent for our users. So we still are very committed to how Kinect transforms that experience.”

Even though most people have expressed concerns about privacy I’m not completely against the idea. The world has been trying to make voice commands cool for many years; maybe Microsoft can finally get it right and if Microsoft really wants to see the atrocities in the homes of their customers, it’s their medical bills. That being said, I’m still not really comfortable talking to my consoles.

The Xbox One will also require a day one update, which is part of the reason gamers will have to connect to the internet once they’ve purchased the console.

“There was always going to be a day one update on the console, and that’s frankly just a difference in manufacturing schedules versus software schedules,” Whitten said. “We just wanted to be clear that that hasn’t changed, that you have to go online to get the software update for day one, then you wouldn’t have to be connected after that.”

Whitten also confirmed that the update can be downloaded via smartphone tethering for people without broadband.

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Author:Yolanda Green

I like bacon and games, and occasionally I say something coherent about it. I'm not old or cynical, and I'm not the Dork Knight. I AM SHE-RA! Wait, what?
  • Tarisma

    The kinetic wont work properly no matter how cool the idea is. I mean Siri never listens to me, I doubt the kinetic will be any better.

    • That Tall Twit

      Siri is terrible.

      • Happy Hamster

        i asked Siri to pleasure me and all she said was I do not understand that command

        • That Tall Twit

          Typical woman.

  • Happy Hamster

    If i was at MS i could make a killing on the internet where subscribers can view this and Rate Yah or Nah

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      God dammit every time I scroll through the comments I have to look at a guy’s ass!! lol

      • That Tall Twit

        I know. :<

      • Happy Hamster

        Well with womens Liberation act ect i couldnt put a girl up

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Well no ass is better than man ass

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Agreeeeed

      • Trevor Davies

        That’s not the left to right naked ass we were looking for

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          You forgot the:

          *waves hand*

          Before you said that

        • Happy Hamster

          Well Thats for Zoe and for the “Green”

    • Happy Hamster

      Better?

      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        Oh look! Wii Fit Plus!

    • Yolanda Green

      worst manbutt ever :| I am scarred for life.

      • Argentil

        Damn, high standards. That’s mean! It’s not so bad, is it?

        • Yolanda Green

          Well, it could have been hairy :S I guess I’m just spoiled by the one I get to see at home xD

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            AG TOE NOU, hehehe, trying to score points that are brown are you?

            …wait, that sounds weird considering we are talking about ass…

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        looks firm enough

    • Weanerdog

      Look the downvotes from me, sorry but can’t have you thinking that posting saggy man butts will farm you positive reps and MY EYES

      • Happy Hamster

        Dont have to farm for positive reps , i farm for carrots

        • Weanerdog

          My downvote was for guests man but your carrots um butt is fine

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    I’m not trolling or being a fanboi nor am I trying to spread hate for One, but I really, as in REALLY do not have a warm and fuzzy feeling about all this. Something about the One just does not feel right and I just don’t have a good feeling about this console. not since day all the ‘features’ were confirmed. It irks me even more now that they have retracted everything. they can easily turn this stuff off, a simple patch is all it takes…but what about later down the line..what then … and I feel a lot of 3rd party publishers are in on some bigger scheme…..well anyway, I’m just being a conspiracy nut

    • Hammersteyn

      Buying the next gen consoles without MS or Sony being transparent is kinda like dating a chick that may or may not have a adams apple. Your’e not quite sure and a surprise may or may not be in store for you around the corner.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        HAHAH Until you making sweet love to her and then boom …. “babe…please tell me you’re just a lil bloated in the neck” lol

        Ye dude, I feel really uncomfortable man…things just don’t feel right, sad to say, even so with Sony, but hey maybe I’m just over analyzing things

        • HvR

          Honey, I’m not complaining but why are you rubbing my balls the whole time?

          “Le Sigh” I just miss mine so much after the operation.

          • Trevor Davies

            LOL!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            LOL!

            “Pumpkin, why is the toilet floor wet?”
            “I forgot I need to sit down and pee now, I can’t stand and do it anymore”

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Previous experience?

        • Hammersteyn

          I believe it was you…

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            You were dating me? I knew I should not have drank that beer you gave me!

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL

      • Trevor Davies

        Funnily enough I worked with a guy who got that very surprise

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          Suuuuure….”worked with a guy”…riiiiight

          :P

          • Trevor Davies

            That’s my story & I’m sticking to it :/

    • Argentil

      A few years ago, I would have pegged Microsoft as a great company of innovators, with their finger to the pulse and a healthy neutrality with their consumers. Over the last 4 years, I would say that they have become too broad, trying to have a piece of all of the competition’s pie, and getting less and less concerned over what their user-base want. The MS of 5 years ago, compared to the Sony of the same time, there was no comparison. Times have changed, and recent events only preserve that opinion in stone. Sony took years to recover their fanbase and reputation, the same is true of MS now.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        I believed with the 360 that they really made an effort and connected with the consumers … but they still have this need, this longing, as a neglected child wants love …. they keep chasing after Apple, their whole approach has been very Apple-like. They think they can get a chunk of that market and they think they are at a stage to tell us what we like and convince us we need it….If only they focused on making the Xbox the best GAMING system it can ever be

        • Trevor Davies

          Exactly this.

    • Rinceyouropinion

      Tin foil hats, Hooooo!

    • Mark Treloar

      Microsoft has signed deals with corporations for broadcasting certain content. NFL for One. These matches are broadcast as pay per view items at standard subscription rate. Microsoft has patent a technology that will allow broadcasters to count the faces in the room then charge the content at a cost per person viewing the content. Microsoft cant back out of these deals so have no choice but to keep the tech in place. They just wont come out and say we have too much to gain in lucrative contracts to care what you want, so they come up with excuses like its part of the Xbox experience.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Bloody hell dude, that is exactly what I mean!!it’s there, it’s in that box…waiting and lurking for the day that patch get’s released to re-activate it…Now I’m not saying it will happen but I mean, considering what you just said, how do we know they won’t just make some other excuse and mask it in a way we don’t realize that this is the very same DRM that we all fought against …. it leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth!

  • That Tall Twit

    LOL!

  • Trevor Davies

    Luckily I’ve found an unofficial workaround to blood samples & souls – the homeless guy, not so lucky.

    • HvR

      I’m sacrificing the neighbor’s cat, looking at how screwed Windows 8 gets when it sees something new I’m sure cat soul will break the Kinect.

    • Rinceyouropinion

      I’m not homeless, I have a bridge damn you!

  • DBL_ZA

    You forgot the child sacrifice for those identified as having children, like these Microsoft-approved microwaves we keep seeing…..

  • Happy Hamster

    If these girls make a appearance at Rage imagine how many of us would be walking with bags in front of us

    • Trevor Davies

      Suddenly I don’t mind CoD talking dirty :/

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        XD

    • Yolanda Green

      Halo 3′s got a bit of a man-face though :S

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Happy Hamster

        Halo 3 is a cyborg ManShee

      • Happy Hamster

        And i doubt anyone would be looking at the face lol

        • Hammersteyn

          Chest plate?

          • Happy Hamster

            the little bumps around the noombies are Braille for each game

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            I think I’ll learn to read Braille…..

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m an expert already :P

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Reading yourself does not count :P

          • Hammersteyn

            Bwahaha, excellent come back!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            ;)

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            You know what Deon, you are all right :)

            Even after all the hammering and burns, you still laugh.

            [Admiral Chief Stamp of Approval]

            Here you go buddy!

          • Hammersteyn

            All in good fun :)

      • Weanerdog

        Thanks for pointed that out , I would never have seen that.

      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        Looks like a mask. :-/

  • Rinceyouropinion

    Xbox One, a new Skype experience

  • Ryanza

    So how does all of this work? You need the Kinect to make the Xbox One work. You need the internet to make the Kinect work. Day ONE update, so you also need the internet to make the Xbox One work.

    Can Microsoft not make a console that can play games out of the box? $499 for a gaming console that can not play the fucking games out of the box.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    Drop the MANDATORY shit and lower your price by $99 then bring it out 6 months early.
    THEN WE WILL BE TALKING SONY vs MICROSOFT

    P.S. I forgot about the 1 time internet install… FAIL FAIL FAIL on so many levels.

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      Who am I kidding, they already stated that SONY is not their competition. They are on their own.

  • Purple_Dragon

    Hi guys, please try avoid putting naked pictures in comments. Can’t have NSFW shit in comments. Holy shit. o_O.

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Oh dude, you just opened the floodgates with asking NOT to have something done…

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        people are respectful enough to listen to his request….no?

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          I believe this community is respectful enough to listen yes.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            You think? I dunno man, the troll is strong with this one

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            I think so too. it’s a humble request too, I for one do not like NSFW pics, you never when the boss is looking

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Well to be fair, have never seen nsfw pics on lags

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Quite a lot of ass on this page though which is what Purple_dragon is referring to

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            is ass nsfw?

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            I would think so, Naked ass (to be confused with Naked Snake) would be considered NSFW … it think … maybe

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            nekkid ass showing naugty bits maybe, but just ass is ass right?

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Maybe you’re assking the wrong person. I would also maybe like to asscertain what would be considered NSFW ….

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            I think nsfw is naughty bits showing, in which I agree that it has no place here on Lagz

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Okay cool then…..Let there be ASS!!!!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            haha….wait….ummm…

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            And it was foretold that Ass will rain down from ASSgard

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Ok well ASSgard is funny

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Phew saved some grace

    • Trevor Davies

      This will balance it out

      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        And this.

        • Trevor Davies

          That is WINNING!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Just slap in some HORSE ARMOUR and I’m sold :P

  • Scratchy

    I have no problem with this

  • DrKiller

    Lets make a competition to guess the size of the day one patch ;-)

    • Captain Minion TallTwit

      30-50gb? :-P

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      1gb more than your cap, what ever that may be

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      2Gb

  • Tbone187

    Damage done, trust lost…don’t care what they do from here on…

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    lol, if they drop the spy-cam, the NSA and the CIA drop their funding. (Tin foil hat deployed)

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