Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox One will function without Kinect being connected to the system.
While every system will ship with a camera, it won’t need to be plugged in for the console to work, Microsoft said.
Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten told IGN: “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 added that users will have the ability to “completely” turn off the Kinect through system settings. When toggled “off,” the Kinect is not collecting any information at all.
“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,” he added.
The Xbox One launches in November.