Kinecting with the People - Xbox One will no longer require a Kinect
The Xbox One will no longer require a Kinect to function. The sensor will still be shipped with the console, but as more of a bonus instead of a necessity.
For a while now, consumers have raised a concern over the Kinect sensor that comes with the Xbox One in package. Not only did its requirement to always be connected seem to be an annoyance to those who have no plans on implementing it during their playtime with the console, but the fact that it was always on to monitor movements also became the topic of many fear-ridden conversations, claiming that the system would be spying on its homes.
Microsoft has recently been on a frenzy sweep campaign to appease the people to buy the console, from removing the hated DRM policies, to allowing Indie developers to update their games for free. Now Microsoft continues with the backtracking, as they recently stated that the Kinect will no longer be required for the Xbox One to perform basic functions such as playing games. They will also be given the option to turn the device on/off in the system settings. The more advanced features however, like Skype, handless menu controls and Kinect-featured games will still require the Kinect to be activated.
The decision came from Microsoft wanting to have users be 100% comfortable with their console, according to Microsoft senior executive Albert Penello. To insure such a comfortable state, they also assured that while the Kinect is in its off mode, absolutely no data of any kind is being processed or passed around inside the sensor. Mr. Penello had this to say to explain the matter:
The Kinect will be shipped with the Xbox One, but more as a bonus instead of an necessity. It's also unclear at this point whether or not there will be a separate, less-expensive Xbox One package without the Kinect.
Comment Questions: Do you believe this was a good move by Microsoft? If you are intending to get an Xbox One, how often do you predict that you will be using the Kinect's new "off" mode?