Just like how they’ve reversed their policies on DRM, Headset, and Self Publishing, they have now decided to reverse the rule about how kinect is needed constantly.
Previously it was reported that Xbox One will not fuction if the Kinect is not plugged in, that has now changed.
This was announced on an AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) hosted by IGN, a question posted to Microsoft which was answered by Marc Whitten – Xbox Corporate VP told us that Xbox One owners will be able to use the consoles basic functions without the need for the Kinect sensor to be connected to the console.
Since Kinect must be plugged in for the Xbox One to function, what happens if your Kinect breaks? Like if it falls off the top of your TV onto a hardwood floor or something? Will the console cease to function?
WHITTEN: Xbox One is designed to work with Kinect plugged in. It makes gaming better in many ways – from the ability to say “Xbox On” and get right to your personalized home screen, to the ability to control your TV through voice, Smartglass and more. Kinect allows you to search for your content, instantly move between games and your personalized dash and more with just your voice. Kinect helps you pick up and play by automatically knowing which controller you have in your hands. No more need to interrupt your friends game or navigate through multiple UI screens to sign in and tell the system which controller you are holding. It will even bind the controller to the console if its currently unbound – no searching for special buttons! Of course – these are just a few of the system wide benefits of having Kinect. Games use Kinect in a variety of amazing ways from adding voice to control your squad mates to adding lean and other simple controls beyond the controller to full immersive gameplay.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.
On the announcement of this, I read a comment that the console should be called
This obviously lead to plenty of speculation that the console will be shipping without the kinect, which means a cheaper, more affordable SKU. With a possible announcement of such at Gamescom next week.
After I posted the unboxing the Xbox One video, a new video popped up and this time it focused on the new fancy controller, which seems pretty cool. Here it is:
For the rest of the AMA posted to Microsoft, click here to see it:
Dear winner, tell us what it is?
If you have received a giveaway from myself before, don’t be harsh
(Steam – Windows)
Unfortunately, this code only works for UK only It’s worth a try though!