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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Microsoft has master marketeers
by libray on Tue 13th Aug 2013 15:11 UTC
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I don't doubt that there were versions of the Xbox One plan that included required internet and kinect, but both of those implementations are easily coded in or out.

The masterful plan has had people still talking about the Xbox One months before its release. And all over, I'm seeing comments with sentiments such as
"Now I can buy one"
"Glad they did it"
"If they didn't do this, I was going to PS4"

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