Xbox One doesn't need Kinect to function

Xbox One can function without Kinect plugged in. Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten revealed yet another major policy reversal for Microsoft's next-gen console in a Q&A session with IGN.

"Games use Kinect in a variety of amazing ways from adding voice to control your squad mates to adding lean and other simple controls beyond the controller to full immersive gameplay," Whitten said. "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."

Microsoft previously stipulated that Kinect was an intrinsic part of the Xbox One experience--and that the system simply could not function without it. We've reached out to Microsoft to confirm that the console can now turn on and operate normally without the sensor, instead of just unplugging it midway through, and will update with any response.

Whitten did make it clear that Kinect's sensor can be completely disabled in Xbox One's settings. Games which make use of any voice or motion features will prompt users to re-enable them when necessary, and only IR blasting for set-top box input control will remain functional.

The Xbox One that will hit store shelves this November is looking pretty different from the one we first met in May.


  • GOD - August 13, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    If only they only there weren't so bound and determined to make everyone have Kinect in the first place they wouldn't be stuck with all the one's they've already produced and wouldn't be forced to stick with making them mandatory with the system.
  • mothbanquet - August 13, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    What they need to do, obviously, is use the Kinect in some way that makes playing games a more pleasurable experience - to use the technology to enhance the aspects of games in order to enrich the overall experience. Whether using the voice-recognition features or the precise camera inputs, the device must be implemented in a manner that makes games more enjoyable.
  • RavensPoet - August 13, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    They won't remove the Kinect from the box. Even if it is "optional" now for using the system, it will still be necessary for sell the One with it. While I am not concerned like everyone else is with privacy etc. I am intrigued to see how accurate and effective it is, especially for games.
  • RavensPoet - August 13, 2013 7:20 a.m.

    For games perspective, I thought it might be cool if they implemented a feature that would alter the game based on the amount of available light in the room spicing up the survival horror genre or something similar to it
  • Shakalakalaka - August 13, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Wow the amount of 180s and 360s they are doing. All its left to do is change the console design and name then we will have another ps4 in the market by november!!
  • Ensoul - August 13, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    I still think this is all just to get us to buy it now, while they slowly start re-introducing everything. These are the same people who said "It doesn't need to always be connected, just once every 24 hours" and wanted us to believe that was a different thing. It's like software updates, you don't HAVE TO accept and install them, but if you don't you can't play online. They'll do the same with Kinect, and all their other unpopular policies and ideas.
  • PatHan-bHai - August 13, 2013 4:46 a.m.

    Still not getting one.
  • CitizenWolfie - August 13, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    I'd be more inclined to buy one now they've confirmed this but only if it came as a cheaper model without including Kinect in the first place. But quite frankly I was never overly impressed with my 360 so it's still a no for me. I got a 360 fairly late in its lifespan (about two years ago) and quite honestly, besides the larger market for XBLA and indie games, I haven't really had that much of a better experience than I get with my PS3 for free. Most of the AAA games are multiplatform and I rarely bother with DLC to be bothered about timed exclusives. Which leaves the first party exclusives. Sci fi shooters and racing sims don't float my boat whereas Sony seem to have a more varied selection beyond Killzone and Gran Turismo. So far it seems XBone is aiming for the same so I can't think of a reason why I should buy both anymore when PS4 will check off all my gaming (and media) needs. Apologies if that sounded like fanboy whining but I'm just going by my own experiences with both 360 and PS3 consoles.
  • Talvari - August 13, 2013 2:07 a.m.

    One step closer to them selling the console without forced Kinect.
  • silax - August 12, 2013 11:40 p.m.

    It seems to me that all of thier unpopular policies have been reversed since a certain toxic head left the company,
  • Frieza - August 12, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    If one good thing came out of these terrible Xbone policies, is that they showed that gamers have a voice. But that still isn't enough to make me forget about them, and how MS tried to force them on us in the first place. The system may be better, but the company is the same... MS isn't getting a penny out if my pocket until they can show me that they are better than their competitors.
  • awesomesauce - August 12, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    This doesn't matter if they don't drop the bundle set. I mean what's the point if they're selling the Kinect with it? I'm still paying for both
  • Smash_Bro - August 12, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    I'm glad Microsoft has reacted to all the backlash; now, at least the more vocal of the Sony fans have less to compare and brag about. I won't be getting one anytime soon because I'm perfectly happy with my 360, but I hate seeing one-sided fanboys completely trash other companies. I hope both consoles sell very well. It'd be nice if more third parties put their faith and money towards some Wii U games, too...
  • Z-man427 - August 12, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    Still not getting one
  • usmovers_02 - August 12, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    Okay... so now they can remove the Kinect from the box all together and drop $100 off the price tag right? No? Damn.
  • silax - August 12, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    Theres already been talk, of a price drop a while ago I cant remembrr off the top of my head who said it but basically they know the price is high, wouldnt bes suprised if that anouncement isnt far behind
  • watevermanimlost - August 12, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    I still dislike the fact they caved in..... sure when they released they're information everyone freaked out... but I mean we lost a lot of cool things.... and would having Kinect always watching and listening really have been that bad.... I mean from recent events we learned the government is already doing that..... just don't wank in front of your Kinect and you're good. Still not sure which to choose..... hmmmm.... if dead rising goes multiplatform a year after the consoles launch then I'll get a ps4 .... if not then Zelda Wii U will be out.... and smash bros .... so I'll just do that.
  • Doctalen - August 12, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Nope it doesn't change my opinion. It does however entice me if I had no bias. However due to the colossal **** up they did pre and during E3 my current bias is deep rooted and spiteful. I don't feel the need to reward those type of policies even if they don't exist anymore.
  • FoxdenRacing - August 12, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    That's what I'm thinking. They've gotten rid of everything that turned me off to the system except one thing: the company that thought they were a good idea in the first place.

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