In addition to reversing its used game DRM policies for Xbox One, Microsoft has revealed that the console will no longer require Kinect to function. In our latest Ask Microsoft Anything, Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten revealed that Xbox One owners will be able to use all of the console's core functions regardless of whether the new Kinect sensor is connected. Naturally, many of the tentpole features of the new Kinect, such as player identification, voice commands, etc., will be disabled as a result, but players will still be able to play games and access entertainment content.
The news represents yet another significant revision to the company's next-gen strategy. Shortly after E3 in June, Microsoft announced that it had revised its plans to restrict used games and require a constant online connection in order for the Xbox One to function following backlash from the fan community. What remained unclear, however, was whether owners would still be obligated to have the Kinect sensor connected and, perhaps more importantly, what would happen if the peripheral became damaged or ceased to function.
Most importantly, Microsoft's decision to abandon mandatory Kinect connectivity opens the doors for a cheaper, Kinect-free version of the system.
IGN Article - Xbox One No Longer Requires Kinect to Function
Last edited by cjizzle; 08-12-2013 at 08:01 PM.
But will they offer a bundle without kinect? Depends how worried they are about competing with Sony. If they did release a bundle for $100 less which version do you think would sell the most?
I think they might do a Kinect free bundle. What I'm really holding out for, and may not happen, is for backwards compatibility with 360 games and maybe be able to play Blu-Ray movies.
I thought they already confirmed it will play blu ray movies? Or did I just imagine that....I know the game discs are bluray but I guess the wii u games basically are too.
I seriously doubt backwards compatibility will come unless through home brew. Sony and Microsoft both announced neither console has it at all. I doubt it would be added later, history shows if anything it gets removed over time.
Last edited by blaisedinsd; 08-13-2013 at 11:35 AM.
If they did confirm it I must have missed it. Last I read it has a blu-ray drive but cannot play blu-ray movies (for whatever reason). Wii U games I don't think are actual Blu-Rays, I think they're just a special proprietary (Nintendo Wii U only) disc format. I could be wrong though.
And yeah, it's not likely that 360 discs will work but if they at least find some way to let us play our 360 games (perhaps via streaming or download) that would be great. I've already got so much plugged into my outlet, I'd rather avoid plugging in more and if I could blu-ray, 360 and XB1 all in one machine that would save power and outlet & shelve space.
Last edited by SNES_Master; 08-13-2013 at 11:54 AM.
Still not convinced... Sony know what their doing, Xbox seem lost as to what their system is...
True, but, at least for me, this does make the XB1 a little more appealing. With no more drm/used game fees, no more mandatory 24/7 internet connection and now this. I just might consider getting a XB1 (key word being "consider" lol)
Last edited by SNES_Master; 08-18-2013 at 11:26 PM.