THE GAMES CONSOLE Xbox One will work without being connected to a Kinect.
Until now we had been told that Microsoft's next games console would not work without the Kinect contraption, but in an apparent Xbox One about-face Microsoft has changed its mind.
Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitte confirmed the change last night in a talk at IGN, explaining that while it had been the case before, those days are now over.
"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," he said.
Users might have been concerned about connecting the always on and watching Kinect whenever they play, and with the Xbox One it comes as part of the bundle. You can leave it in the box now though, unless you are in the mood for some arm waving or voice controlled interaction.
"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," added Whitte.
Separately, Microsoft has also said that owners of the games console will be able to control their PC with its wired controller.
The controller has been pored over in a seven minute long Youtube video hosted by Major Nelson, the regular Xbox blogger. The video prompted a request for more information from the Penny Arcade report, and it got it.
"As we've stated, the Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller," a Microsoft representative told the gaming publication.
"[The] new wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in 'wired' mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC."
The suggestion is that Xbox One controllers could be used to control a PC game. µ