(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In what appears to be a strategy reversal, Microsoft will no longer require an “always on” Kinect for the Xbox One to function.
The clarification was recently provided by Microsoft via an IGN Q&A with Chief Xbox One Platform Architect Marc Whitten.
“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. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode,” explained Whitten when asked about the issue.
Whitten also noted that you could turn Kinect back on “at any time” through Xbox One’s settings and said games would ask the user via a message if they wanted to re-enable the sensor when playing titles that required Kinect.
Kinect has stirred some controversy regarding whether or not Microsoft had the ability to use the device to collect personal data.
The Xbox One is set to be released sometime this November. The console’s primary competition will come from the Sony PS4.