Xbox One Kinect – On or Off Finally gets an Answer!

Microsoft Xbox One Kinect

Since the big event that announced the Xbox One alot of policies have stood up and then been knocked down. The Xbox One Kinect policy of it always has to be on has become another victim of Microsoft changing policies to be more user friendly. Marc Whitten, Chief Xbox One platform architect,  sat down with IGN and answered some of the burning questions people out in the world are still wondering about and the Xbox One Kinect came up alot.

Xbox One Kinect Explanation

Since Kinect must be plugged in for the Xbox One to function, what happens if your Kinect breaks? Like if it falls off the top of your TV onto a hardwood floor or something? Will the console cease to function?

WHITTEN: Xbox One is designed to work with Kinect plugged in. It makes gaming better in many ways – from the ability to say “Xbox On” and get right to your personalized homescreen, to the ability to control your TV through voice, Smartglass and more. Kinect allows you to search for your content, instantly move between games and your personalized dash and more with just your voice. Kinect helps you pick up and play by automatically knowing which controller you have in your hands. No more need to interrupt your friends game or navigate through multiple UI screens to sign in and tell the system which controller you are holding. It will even bind the controller to the console if its currently unbound – no searching for special buttons! Of course – these are just a few of the system wide benefits of having Kinect. Games use Kinect in a variety of amazing ways from adding voice to control your squad mates to adding lean and other simple controls beyond the controller to full immersive gameplay. That said, 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.

How “off” can Kinect be when the system is in use?

WHITTEN: You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won’t work. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. 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.

So with the Xbox One Kinect you can basically do what you want now by turning it off though the menu or just unplug it and use your controller. Only difference is you lose the functionality of the Xbox One Kinect that Microsoft has built the Xbox One around to use as not a console but an entertainment center in your home.

Microsoft Xbox One Kinect

Microsoft Xbox One Kinect