Microsoft recently announced that the Kinect will not be necessary for the Xbox One to function. This change to the console came about after a large number of people expressed anger towards the idea that the Kinect had to be plugged in for the console to work. Is this a deliberate change or a PR mishap?
I’ve always said that the worst thing about the Xbox One is its PR. The way it’s been presented and the lack of information that the majority of people can understand has led to many siding with the PS4.
Ever since it’s unveil back in May, Microsoft placed a huge focus onto the Kinect 2.0 sensor that will ship with every console, but I don’t ever remember a time where they specifically said ‘no Kinect, no console’. They’ve now emphasised that “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” and that the sensor can be completely turned off in the settings. For those of you that don’t want to use the Kinect, you don’t have to.
Now that this information has been said in a way that everyone can understand, will Microsoft now face the pressure of selling bundles of the console without the sensor? Will people say that they’d prefer to lose those features for a discounted price? Or has the Xbox One seen it’s final major alteration before launch? We just don’t know, but we can safely say that the Kinect is no longer a home invading, spying monster that a lot of people feared. It’s just a peripheral.
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