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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That sounds like the future of getting your account broken into. Don't want your kids watching your porn? all it'll take it them snapping your picture on their tablet and holding said tablet in front of the webcam and now they are in your account spanking it.

First, ew. No need to be so graphic.

Second, the Kinect at least does 3d mapping, so it can tell the difference between a face and a picture of a face.

Now, if your kid takes up sculpture, be wary.

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