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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:42

Kinect not compulsory for Xbox One

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Microsoft has made another 180 on its Xbox One policies, this time backing down on making its Kinect sensor mandatory for the new console.

Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten told IGN that the motion-controlled, voice-enabled peripheral won't be absolutely necessary.

"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," Whitten told the gaming news website, also confirming the Kinect can be turned off completely when plugged in.

"You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won't work," Whitten said.

"We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience, you'll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue," IGN reported Whitten as saying.

The news follows similar revelations that Microsoft would be backing off its previous policy that the Xbox One would need to be 'always online.'

Microsoft had also initially said playing some used games would require a fee, but then backed down on that policy too.

The Xbox One is set for release later this year, for $550.

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