It almost seems as if Microsoft is changing it’s policies by the month with the Xbox One. In a shocking move, Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten announced that the Xbox One will no longer require the use of the Kinect sensor. Having already made sweeping changes to their DRM policies, this is just another change to go along with a console whose features have radically changed from what we knew three months ago.
It was made public some time ago that the Kinect sensor could be turned off. This has now changed to the Kinect being able to be fully disconnected from the console. This changes things significantly depending on if Microsoft decides to sell the console on its own or not. If that is the case, we are looking at developers not fully incorporating what the Kinect can do in their games which was a huge push on Microsoft’s side originally. Not everyone owned a Kinect for the Xbox 360, so in turn developers were not incorporating it into their games.
Does this also pave the way for a cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One? As of now, Microsoft is steady standing their ground that this will not be the case. With the constant change of policies though, who knows if they will stay true to it.