Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Aug 2013 12:58 UTC
Games Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten:

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.

The Xbox One used to require Kinect. Now it doesn't. Good move, obviously, but it does raise the question: whatever the hell was this company thinking? Microsoft really seems to have lost all its marbles - Windows 8, Windows Phone, and now Xbox One. Messy, messy, messy.

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by franksands on Tue 13th Aug 2013 13:26 UTC
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This is what it looks like to me. First they thought people would buy XBO no matter what they tried to push. Now after the gargantuan backlash they received, they are removing everything people complained, trying to look like nothing happened.

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