Microsoft States That Xbox One Can Function Without The Kinect

In what would appear to be yet another policy reversal by Microsoft, today came word that it is not mandatory for your Kinect to be plugged in for your Xbox One to function.  When you factor in all the policy reversals we’ve seen from Microsoft concerning the Xbox One recently, it’s hardly surprising, but the effects of this announcement could be more far-reaching that it initially may look .

In a recent article, IGN held an “Ask Microsoft Anything” event.  Speaking with the unnamed Microsoft representative, one of the questions posed to him was “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?”  Part of his response was ” 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.”

That is about as set in stone as you can get, although it is interesting that he doesn’t say which features will explicitly use the Kinect, beyond obvious features pertaining to its camera and mic.  Either way, this is another attempt by Microsoft to do right by their fanbase, and it’s hard to fault them for that.


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