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August 13, 2013

Microsoft backtracks again, This time Xbox One will work without the Kinect plugged in


Another controversial Xbox One feature is being rolled back in the wake of consumer backlash. This time, it’s the Kinect sensor’s always plugged-in requirement getting the boot, yes you read it right.

Xbox One platform architect Marc Whitten recently told IGN

“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.”

Consumers were voicing concerns about privacy after reports that the Kinect for Xbox One would be in an “always on” state listening in as it waited for commands. In June, Microsoft clarified that you could turn off the Kinect along with the rest of the system, and it would only be listening for the command “Xbox On” to power up the system.

So there we have it, we are now waiting for the next backtrack, wonder what it will be.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini