During IGN’s newest Ask Microsoft Anything, where fans submit questions about new features of the Xbox One, Microsoft revealed that the console will still operate without the use of the Kinect. In fact, when asked if the Xbox One would still function with the Kinect unplugged, Xbox Corporate Vice President March Whitten replied that:
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 homescreen, to the ability to control your TV through voice, Smartglass and more. … 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.
Some of these other features and experiences that exclusively use the Kinect include instantly moving between Xbox One games, individual controller recognition, and unique player and voice recognition. Furthermore, players won’t be able to use Xbox One game features that rely on the Kinect, like voice commands or motion prompts, while the sensor is unplugged or simply switched off via system settings.
Nevertheless, as implied by Whitten’s statement above, the Xbox One is designed to work in cohesion with the Kinect to help provide a more seamless gaming experience. It may have been good policy on Microsoft’s behalf to allow the Xbox One to function without the Kinect, but players who purchase an Xbox One without the new sensor, or refuse to use it, may miss out on the advanced next-gen console experience that Xbox developers intend for the Xbox one.
What do you think about the Xbox One not requiring a Kinect? What other features do you hope to see from the Kinect itself? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below!
Thanks to IGN, TIME, and Kotaku for the information used in this article.
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