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Xbox One will function without Kinect

August 13th, 2013 by Marc 1 Comment

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.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….