Oh look, you don’t need the Kinect afterall

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Ah, at last, I can feel the wind through my hair again – no more tin foil hat! The Kinect is not necessary for the functioning of the Xbox One. Yes, it adds features, but (contrary to earlier statements) if you don’t plug it in, the console will still work.

In answering questions from IGN, Marc Whitten, the Chief Xbox One Platform Architect, clarified some issues about the Kinect. While he explains all the benefits of using the Kinect, such as being able to say “Xbox On” or having the console know which controller you pick up, the reality is that this is yet another thing Microsoft have done away with:

That said, like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor.

Also, you can turn the Kinect off in the settings:

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, after all that “it’s integral to the design” malarkey, the reality is that the console will still work. Sure, you won’t have all the bells and whistles, but you also won’t have the NSA watching you do all those naughty things in your living room… unless you want them to. I wonder if this means that we can expect a cheaper version of the console in the future that will come without a Kinect. Also, they will need to sell them separately for all those DIY disasters where people fail to install them correctly and instead smash them to pieces.

In reality, I think the Xbox One and PS4 are more similar than everyone thought a few months ago.

Perhaps, Microsoft knew their console was basically the same. They decided to come out with all sorts of random restrictions, and then lift them as they “listened to the consumer” so that they come out looking even better? Oh no, I thought I had removed my tin foil hat! In any event, it’s good news for everyone – now you can buy an Xbox One without the fear of that all seeing eye!

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

    Geez MS backtracking like a mofo

    • Hammersteyn

      Maybe they will backtrack on backwards compatibility next?

      • John’s cold sweat

        No please man. The rain down in Cape Town is enough at the moment, we don’t need snow too.

        • Hammersteyn

          Bwahahaha. You know what they call German weather? Heil.

        • RinceThisandholiday

          WET weather great day for gaming if you’re on leave… Like me! Win!

    • Lardus-Wolverine

      Yes they are. A colleague told me back when the crap-storm hit that they will backtrack on most of it because they will “listen to the consumer” and I did not really believe him. But apparently the tin-foil-hat-wearing-crazies were right!

  • Richard Mackenzie

    Its good they are listening to the gamers, but someone still needs an ass kicking for coming up with all that crap in the first place.

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?
    • Hammersteyn

      LOL

    • Richard Mackenzie

      bahahaha, so had that image in my head when I read this article. Nice one!

    • John’s cold sweat

      Yea yea yea!

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        more like hee hee, Chamon!!

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      Hehe, you beat me to it

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        BEAT me to IT…..
        Man Im BAD. Sorry, but in all seriousness glad to see the MS exec’s dont just see the world in BLACK & WHITE.

        • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

          Don’t pull a Billy wearing those Jeans dude.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            I would never put myself in that kind of Jam.

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            Such a Smooth Criminal you are

          • Martin du preez

            This was a thriller

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            True. At first when MS made these policies, I thought “They Dont Really Care About Us”

          • Martin du preez

            Now all they wanna do is ‘Heal the (gaming) world.’

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            DUDE!!! Beat me to it :( Dam you! hehe

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Yeah a month ago they made me want to Scream.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Now because of ps 4, the wana be starting something to win back the gamers

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Yip. Well I think the PS4 is a real PYT (Pretty YOung Thing)

          • Hammersteyn

            Don Patrick should have BEAT IT a long time ago

          • Zoe

            No, they’re talking about the gamer in the mirror… or the kinect ;)

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            You are not alone in thinking this is Dangerous. I just wanna Heal the World and make it a better place. I just can’t stop…

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Not more jokes!
            This is IT!

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            XD

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          do you remember the time when a console was solely for gaming purposes

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Nope….. hahaha

          • Martin du preez

            Ah simpler times..All it asked was for you to blow it.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            And beat it…wait ,what?

          • Spathi

            Comment of the day!

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            I ask my wife that too…

        • Wtf101

          MS Exec?

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            Micro sponge Executive

        • Rock789

          That’s it – I’m off to listen to some MJ while I work…

        • Unavengedavo
      • John’s cold sweat

        Grab a child and run!

    • peter

      Sony Fanboy

  • Pieter Kruger

    Only thing wrong with the Xbox One is that I cannot get it already! Now let’s see this get turned into another negative by out of control & rampant teenage angst! GO!

    • Jonah Cash

      Hey dude each to his own!! I think the Xbone has made a miracle comeback, but if it was going down the root it tried to I really think they would have lost at least 50% of their customers to the PS4…. But all in all I am glad that the race will be a tight one, because that is good for all gamers no matter on what side of the fence you sit!! I own the Xbox 360 and PS3, but will get a PS4. Purely because they caught me out once with the Kinect and you know what they say about fooling me once and then a second time…. Have a good one!!

  • Hammersteyn

    Finally. What a serene picture of sanity the next XBOX has become. That’s one more item of my list. Just one more thing required and that is a service on par with PS+ and the XBOX will be neck and neck with the PS4

    • Spathi

      That and the option not to buy the Kinect, seeing as the XBO doesn’t need it!

      • Hammersteyn

        I just commented that :P But that’s a very very valid point!

  • Craig Boonzaier

    I assume this will elicit another rant from Cliffy B, saying how we dont know how the “Always On” kinect would have improved our lives and that we dont know what we want as gamers …

    • Hammersteyn

      Can’t wait for him to rant. Then we can all laugh in his silly smug little face.

      • Martin du preez

        Of course old Clifford would rage. He would do anything to try and stay relevant

    • ElNicko

      The less said from him , the Better.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It’ll probably be something along the lines of because the Kinect is optional the Xbox can’t see your face, therefore people will be able to resell Xboxs because it can’t be linked to a person & then second hand Xboxs will ruin gaming. We’re all idiots. Blood sacrifices are cool. Etc.

    • RinceThisandholiday

      Someone said Cliffy B! You leave him alone. He knows all! Lol. Just waiting to see what he tweets tonight…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Why do you appear the instant anyone mentions CliffyB? It’s very suspicious. O_o

        • RinceThisandholiday

          I don’t know what you mean! CLIFFY B FOEVA…

  • Jakster

    “but you also won’t have the NSA watching you do all those naughty things in your living room” ….. Are you being sarcastic or are you serious because one can’t take journalists that make statements like that seriously???

    • Martin du preez

      The internet is definitely not for you..

      • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

        Hehehe

      • Hammersteyn

        This?

        • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

          Damn dude, that’s a bit dark….

          • Hammersteyn

            The internet is gonna be dark if you can’t take a joke or a bit of sarcasm.

          • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

            Ah, I see the context. But still…

        • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

          lol that’s terrible…

          • Hammersteyn

            Maybe the first link he click was Miley Cyrus twerking?

          • John’s cold sweat

            Miley Cyrus is scary.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Clearly he didn’t find the cat videos on Youtube :/

          • Hammersteyn

            Clearly.

        • Zoe

          why does this keep making me laugh?

          • CaptainNemo42

            It’s funny, because it’s true.

      • Troll Slayer

        Yeah, Lazygamer is a parody site that can’t be taken seriously. I need to chat with Mr Clown over there.

    • Hammersteyn

      Tongue in cheek humor. There was a prevalent rumor that people would be able to hack the Kinect and spy on you. So much so that people accepted it as fact and wanted to boycott the XBOX One as is. Why so sensitive?

      • John’s cold sweat

        Maybe he has something to hide….maybe he’s a spy from MS!!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          He’s a sentient Kinect!

          (Just to be clear, that was a joke. I don’t think that will actually ever exist.)

          • John’s cold sweat

            Your insight is contradicting that statement.

    • Wtf101

      Oh cheer up Jakster. Here’s a clown to help.

      • Hammersteyn

        Classic movie. Really up there as one of horrors classics. Especially if you can’t understand peoples fear of clowns.

        • Sageville

          Clowns…..(Shudder)

        • Skyblue

          Mini-series, disqualified!

          EDIT: Tim Curry was the perfect Pennywise btw

          • Hammersteyn

            He was just as scary in Rocky Horror picture show.

          • Wtf101

            No. Movie first. Due to the length of the flick, M-net decided to air it as a mini series

          • Skyblue

            Ah but good sir, it was a 195 min TV movie broadcast as 2 episodes not only in SA but worldwide thus making it a .. ?

          • Wtf101

            I distinctly remember seeing the movie poster at our cinema. But I do see that imdb lists it as a mini series. Meh. Go figure. I am wrong. Just prepare yourself for the universe imploding on itself… :)

          • Brian Murphy

            Tim Curry’s pretty much perfect for every role he’s in, ok, except maybe in Congo. But the Butler in Clue? The Prince of Darkness in Legend? Pretty amazing roles…versatile as well.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      To learn sarcasm/wit, please go to the 4chan boards for a week, then come back here.

      • Martin du preez

        Dear God no..I wouldn’t even wish that 4chan hell on this troll

    • Sageville

      Did some journalist slap you around as a kid?

      • Wtf101

        Was that you asking or me?

  • Martin du preez

    Lol listening to the consumer.. IF the PS4 wasn’t here , ya’ll would be DEALING WITH IT

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Freedom 1 – NSA 0
    While the MS tech that was initially launched is amazing, I reckon people are just not ready for it yet. Maybe once the worldwide internet infrastructure is a bit better, it will be the way to go.
    But for now, Well played MS. Well played.

  • Rock789

    Ok, so basically everything Microsoft said at their original conference in May, they’ve pretty much gone, “Actually, you know what? Just forget what we said…”. Hmmmm… Bit weird if ya ask me.

  • Hammersteyn

    Aha! So does that mean you can buy the XBOX without the Kinect for $100 cheaper???

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      HAHAHAHA, right, pull the other one

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Computer says no.

      • Sageville

        Perfect, the MS execs will be rubbing their hands together now that they have something else to do an about-face on.

        MS sure has a weird release strategy:

        Step 1 – MAXIMUM ANAL Restrictions (Tell consumers it’s all cast in stone and immutable – #Dealwithit)
        Step 2 – Let consumers rage
        Step 3 – Do a 180 on said immutable restrictions
        Step 4 – Measure consumer Rage
        Step 5 – If Consumer Rage at maximum goto Step 3 else Release Xbone to public.

      • Skyblue

        *cough*

    • Zoe

      one day, maybe…. we can only dream

  • Martin du preez

    So they made a 180..this is a 90..one more 90 and we’re back at ’360′ YAy!

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      So much of numbers O_O

      • Martin du preez

        Math is hard :(

  • Jones Jones of Wales

    Everyone talking about the new consoles, and I’m just sitting here PC Gaming…

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      Same here dude. But I have sympathies with my fellow gamers. I’m all against exclusives and the gaming community getting nailed.

      • Jones Jones of Wales

        I can agree with that… Honestly the Xbox One just doesn’t make sense… Either they had not planned their presentation well enough, didn’t know what to present in the first place, or damn near crapped themselves when they saw the PS4 presentation and started to listen to the community… (Waiting on Xbox One fans’ rant)

      • Hammersteyn

        Downloaded Rogue Legacy this weekend. Dark souls is nothing compared to this.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Are there any other mandatory, unalterable, set-in-stone policies they can still change or make optional? I don’t know what to think any more. Their whole new console launch is one gigantic mess.

    • Admiral Chief Zombie Slayer

      If your avatar is from the Invader Zim storyline (which I love, GIR ftw and all) and you are now the Alien Emperor, does that make you the tallest?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Not only the tallest, but also the smartest & best looking. But I credit PC gaming for that. :D

  • CaptainNemo42

    If Microsoft keeps this up, they will be announcing backwards compatibility for PS3 games next.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      That has my vote for comment of the week.

    • Martin du preez

      Hahahaha!

  • Unavengedavo

    Maybe they should just rename it to the xBox One80 :P

  • Guest

    I Love a good .GIF in the morning.

  • iAmWeasel

    Everyone so stoked about this, but at least when it was required it justified making it a mandatory purchase. Now you’re all paying for it just because ;)

  • RinceThisandholiday

    Good call MS! See xbox fanboys people can say good things about the console… When it’s being GOOD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/panthisza Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

    so essentially the Xbone has become the Xbox 720?

    • Skyblue

      They should call it the XBOX 180 with all these turnarounds

      • Marc O Polo

        that was my first thought when i heard they did away with the always online thing

      • Marc O Polo

        that was my first thought when i heard they did away with the always online thing

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    But… TDon the Jacket said…. :P

  • Brian Murphy

    So basically, about 90% of what Microsoft has said was part of the system design is a lie?

    Can’t just turn off the DRM functionality – Check
    Kinect is integral to system design – check
    The cloud will have a major impact upon games – check

    And they wonder why we don’t trust big business. I wonder how far this will go to restoring trust in the users they…’may’ have lost. We shall see.

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