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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Still going to avoid it...
by jnemesh on Tue 13th Aug 2013 17:50 UTC
jnemesh
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I own both a 360 and a PS3 currently. I will NOT be doing that with this generation. I was hesitant when I first heard of the Xbox One....the new TV centric features leave me absolutely cold, as I am looking to ditch "traditional" TV completely, and having cable box control with NO integrated CableCard, and no integrated DVR just seems like a kludge...and a huge step back.

The used games fiasco had me concerned at the amount of power MS and the publishers were trying to grab...but realistically, it wouldnt have hurt me THAT much, as I typically buy online anyway...and don't trade in games. That being said, I was still concerned at the blatant power grab, all of it benefiting the publishers, and none benefiting the users.

The final straw was the Kinect requirement. I would NEVER trust Microsoft to protect my privacy. They were the FIRST to sign up for the NSA's PRISM program, and I have ZERO confidence that they would not abuse an internet connected camera in user's living rooms!

So now, they have pulled the Xbox 180 on all of this, backing off every single controversial policy. And they say "Trust Us!". NO THANKS. I have no confidence that they won't try to pull this shit again, and I am not giving them the opportunity. They have shown us just how much they "value" customer feedback (see Windows 8.1, Windows Phone for examples)...and I just don't trust them any more. I don't want to, and I don't have to. I am taking my business elsewhere.

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