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Xbox One No Longer Needs To Be Kinect-ed

Published August 13, 2013 by |
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In the ongoing saga of Microsoft reversing policies for their upcoming Xbox One console comes the latest change of heart — the bundled Kinect sensor no longer needs to be connected in order for the console to function.

This was revealed during a recent ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ feature over at IGN, where Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten explained the alteration.

Whitten, talking about the Xbox One Kinect and its unique functions, confirmed the change, stating:

“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.”

Although good news, especially for those paranoid gamers who were worried about Microsoft recording them, ‘Big Brother’ style, it does make you question why the upcoming Xbox One is still only available to purchase with the pricey Kinect bundled in?

With big trade show Gamescom just around the corner (August 21st) this change of heart could indicate an imminent reveal of a Kinect-free console bundle. If they do that, along with pricing the Kinect-less bundle closer to that of the £349 price of the PlayStation 4, then surely it will tempt even more potential buyers to jump to Microsoft’s next generation console. Wishful thinking?

The Xbox One is currently slated for a UK release in November this year, but a more definitive date could be revealed at next weeks Gamescom.