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.
Just over a week has passed since Microsoft announced further details about their upcoming Xbox One console, including plans to check user software licences every 24 hours. However the company has now dropped their controversial Digital Rights Management (DRM) approach, along with making several other key policy changes.
In an open-letter titled ‘Your Feedback Matters’, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick explained how the firm has listened to feedback, taking the opportunity to “thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One” — despite earlier claims by Microsoft executive Phil Spencer that they would not be changing their policies.