In a huge announcement that comes as relief to many, Microsoft has officially confirmed the Xbox One will function without the Kinect.
This information comes to us from an interview over at IGN, with Chief Xbox One Platform Architect Marc Whitten. The Q&A that lead to this discovery was apart of IGN’s new series of articles called “Ask Microsoft Anything About The Xbox One”. The fast approaching November launch of the Xbox One prompted IGN to answer any remaining questions about Microsoft’s new console. One of the chief concerns with many still holding out on getting an X1, was in regards to needing the Kinect as a mandatory accessory.
It seems this isn’t the case anymore, with Whitten confirming this will not be the case:
” IGN: Since Kinect must be plugged in for the Xbox One to function, what happens if your Kinect breaks? Like if it falls off the top of your TV onto a hardwood floor or something? Will the console cease to function?
WHITTEN: Xbox One is designed to work with Kinect plugged in. It makes gaming better in many ways – from the ability to say “Xbox On” and get right to your personalized homescreen, to the ability to control your TV through voice, Smartglass and more. Kinect allows you to search for your content, instantly move between games and your personalized dash and more with just your voice.
Kinect helps you pick up and play by automatically knowing which controller you have in your hands. No more need to interrupt your friends game or navigate through multiple UI screens to sign in and tell the system which controller you are holding. It will even bind the controller to the console if its currently unbound – no searching for special buttons! Of course – these are just a few of the system wide benefits of having Kinect.
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. 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.”
…and there you have it. The Xbox One does not in fact, need the Kinect to function properly, making the accessory non-mandatory for using the console or it’s video games. Many in the gaming community are excited at the prospect, pointing out the mandatory Kinect was one of the last reasons they were adverse to picking the console up. The Kinect-less Xbox One is just another explosive announcement, in a long series of loud reversals the company has been firing off, to try and stifle customer complaints about the Xbox One.
With so many wrongs righted by Microsoft in the eyes of gamers, many now are just waiting for them to announce the Xbox One without the Kinect bundled in for a reduced price of $399.
Will you pick up the Xbox One on launch day if Microsoft announces a new bundle for $399 sans the Kinect?
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Article from Gamersyndrome.com