Following the removal of the DRM and region locking, Microsoft once again decided to listen to players, and has announced that players will be able to play on Xbox One without Kinect. Xbox One chief product officer, Marc Whitten, said in an interview to IGN that you can play on Xbox One with the Kinect's sensor off, or not even plugged in.
"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" said Whitten. He also suggested that players could keep the Kinect plugged in, but turn all of its features off, but in turn, all functions that rely on voice, video, gesture or more won't work.
However, Whitten thinks players should leave the Kinect plugged because navigating the console's User Interface is a much easier task with it. "It makes gaming better in many ways - from the ability to say 'Xbox On' and get right to your personalised homescreen, 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 personalised 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."
Albert Penello, Microsoft's senior executive, also talked about the Kinect's customisation setting, "We also have a ton of privacy settings to allow people to turn off the camera, or microphones, or put it in a state just for 'Xbox On' and IR blasting - there will be a lot of user control for that." Penello also added that they want to make people 100% comfortable, so they decided that the sensor can be unplugged.
The Xbox One will be releasing at some point in November and it'll retail for $499.99. Is this enough to change your opinion on the Xbox One? Let us know what you think in the comments below.