Another reversal from Microsoft who is listening and really delivering on consumer feedback as part of what could be an initiative to further boost sales of the Xbox One console when it is released later this year. Kinect will no longer be a requirement and the console will function and work very well without it. This is in addition to a DRM Reversal, no longer needing to be online, as well as a wired headset being included with every Xbox One in the box!
Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten revealed that Xbox One owners will be able to use all of the console’s core functions regardless of whether the new Kinect sensor is connected during an Ask Microsoft Anything session with IGN. Due to the changes, player identification, voice commands, and all the extra features that Kinect can deliver will be disabled as a result, but players will still be able to play games and access entertainment content.
What will be interesting to know as a result of this reversal is if Microsoft are planning to release a Kinect-Free Bundle which will ultimately lower the RRP of the console price and put the console directly and firmly head to head with the cheaper PS4?
Maybe this years Gamescom Keynote speech will hold the answers.
We’ll keep you updated.