Alan Smithee

Xbox One Drops Mandatory Kinect

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Get ready to leave your Xbox One’s Kinect in the box when it arrives this holiday season.


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Microsoft pulled yet another 180 in response to customer concern over the new console coming our way soon. The first of course was their no used games and always connected to the Internet drama.

They’ve announced that the Kinect is no longer necessary in order to use the console. If you want, you can just leave the damn thing in the box, but if you’ve already paid for it with your $499 bundle, I say use it. Marc Whitten, the Xbox chief product officer, said in an interview with IGN that:

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.

So 180 + 180, does this means that the Xbox one really is just another Xbox 360…HUR HUR HURRR, ok dumb joke out of the way. What concerns me the most is that when it was a necessary item to have to use the system, game developers were being forced to code for it and could have found some potential neat ways of utilizing it.

Remember the first wave of DS games that were horrible because they made the touchscreen the focus? Just look at them now, it’s become a ton more approachable. I shudder to think of how much cool stuff they could implement if they kept it mandatory. We’ll have to wait and see.

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