Microsoft has done it again! In a back and forward session between IGN’s Xbox Guru-in-Cheif Ryan McCaffrey and Marc Whitten, Xbox’s Chief Product Officer, this particular question led to an amazing change.
You read that correct guys, the long mentioned mandatory Kinect is no longer a requirement to use the Xbox One console!
Microsoft had received terrible backlash for their initial policies they had in place for their third console. They had spent all this time, since late May, to address these issues and reassure gamers that they may have been down, but definitely not out. Since then Microsoft has announced some major changes in their policies regarding their self-publishing, “always-on” connection #dealwithit, and even whether a headset was going to be even included with an Xbox One.
The craziest thing is that Microsoft actually listened to their consumers, especially after having such a steadfast stance on their policies during E3. Is it because they care? It’s likely. Was it because they feared losing money? Also a possibility. But regardless of the reasons behind their decisions this benefits everyone picking up an Xbox One
Now that the Xbox One has been confirmed to work without the Kinect plugged in I’m speculating that they may announce a Kinect-less Xbox One soon, either a month from now for pre-order or for sale during December. But for right now all Xbox Ones come with the Kinect and Microsoft has expressed how developers can integrate core Kinect functionality into their games to deliver an exclusive experience for Xbox One, so it could go either way. But this is just a farfetched guess up to this point. Does this latest news change your mind about the Xbox One? Let us know!