XBox One developers have changed up the launch plans for the new system, no now longer requiring users to have the Kinect hooked up for the system to function..
XBox One is still a few months from launch, but ever since the system was announced users were in an uprising about a few key elements that nobody seemed to be a big fan of with the new system.
One of the biggest complaints (along with a $499 price tag) was the requirement that users had to have the Kinect hooked up and active whenever using the XBox One. The Kinect is a motion activated sensor that can record sounds, movements and many other things, and in today’s day and age of NSA spying, game users were a little hesitant to have the system hooked up knowing that the Kinect is watching their every move.
Now does this sound a little paranoid given that about 95-percent of XBox One users won’t be doing anything worth capturing on camera or audio?
Well not so fast….
I had the chance to play the XBox One at San Diego Comic Con, and I can say the Kinect is a cool feature, but also kind of creepy in all the functions it does support. It can measure heart rate. It can tell if your mouth is open or closed. It can detect if you are wearing glasses or not.
So the Kinect while very in depth in what it can do, is also just this side of Skynet when it comes to how much functionality it actually possesses.
In an online Q&A with IGN.com, XBox corporate vice president Mark Whitten revealed that the system will now move ahead with the Kinect, but users are no longer required to have it hooked up for the system to work. It’s unclear if XBox will now change their price points for the new system, dropping the price from $499 with a Kinect, to a lower priced model without the Kinect.
Stay tuned for more XBox One news as it becomes available.