Xbox CEO Marc Whitten confirmed today that - much like DRM, constant-connectivity and weird restrictions for indies - Microsoft has pulled a complete reversal on how Kinected your Xbox One must be. Specifically, you can unplug the thing if you want to, and still enjoy the 'Box and your games - if you're preared to ignore Kinect-specific content.
"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."An open-minded company, humbly acknowledging what consumers want, or more spineless backpedaling? You decide!