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 pan0k on Wed 14th Aug 2013 14:03 UTC
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Notice how the specs on the game consoles are never finalized. They just keep changing day by day. Even when the consoles are released, they are still changing. The biggest spec change so far is the PS3 with the ability to NOT boot into Other OS. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can do what they want (like exposing your account information to the public) and you cannot do anything (like sue them).

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