Xbox One to run without Kinect


The upcoming video game console Xbox One will be able to work without being connected to a Kinect. Kinect is a motion-sensing input device by Microsoft and is based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral which allows users to control and interact with the console.


Until now, reports stated that the latest console will not be able to work without the Kinect contraption. Marc Whitte, Microsoft chief product officer confirmed the change last night, on August 12, 2013, in a talk at IGN. Whitte explained that this was the case before, but now those days are over. He 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”.

Earlier, users might have been concerned about connecting the always on and paying attention to Kinect whenever they play and with the Xbox One, it comes with the package. However, users can now leave Kinect in the box unless, they are in the mood for some arm waving or voice controlled interaction. Whitte also said that the sensor can be turned back on at any time through settings and if the player enters into a Kinect experience, one can get a message asking if they want to turn the sensor on to continue.

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