Xbox One will work without Kinect
Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One doesn't need Kinect in order to function...
Contrary to previous claims, Microsoft's Marc Whitten has revealed that the upcoming Xbox One will not need Kinect in order to function.
Talking to IGN, Whitten said, “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.
"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.
"You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you'll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue."
This should please those worried about big brother spying on them, and those that simply don’t want to use, or don't like Kinect.
Whiten also confirmed that you'll be able to see what your 360-owning friends are up to (and vice versa), but if you have more than 100 friends and go back to your 360, the list will be streamlined to 360 users only due to the older console's 100 friend limit. The friends list on Xbox One will initially have a favourites function, with more filtering possibly arriving in the future.
Cross-plaftorm party chat won't be supported due to technical limitations, sadly, but you can still send text messages across systems.
Major Nelson also recently posted a video looking at the new controller, which sports over 40 improvements, and can also be used with PCs (via and update due in 2014). You can see this below.
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