Microsoft has been saying for a long time now that the new-and-improved Kinect would always need to be on in order for the Xbox One to function, but now it seems that Microsoft has changed its tune and you can actually unplug the sensor entirely and still use the console. The latest policy change was revealed by Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten in an interview with IGN where he said that while you can have the sensor unplugged entirely, it will need to be put back in if you want to use any features or experiences that require the sensor.
Marc Whitten explained more about the Kinect and gave an example of when you might need to reconnect it:
“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 I’m glad from a personal perspective that I can unplug the Kinect as I wouldn’t have any intention of using it and the idea that it would be on all the time was a little worrying. That being said, all of these policy changes from Microsoft is not helping their image in the gaming world and maybe they should have just stuck to their policies and embraced those gamers who are willing to be a part of that.
Does this move by Microsoft please you or do you think they should have stuck to their guns? Please let us know in the comments below.