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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RE[4]: PS4
by tonny on Wed 14th Aug 2013 16:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: PS4"
tonny
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2011-12-22

For spying, say, what if some black hat hacker, dunno how, can break the system security and take control of ones camera. And no less than when ones enjoying their time with their partner, like this one: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/03/rat-breeders-meet-the-me...

Plus, there's person that hate to be in 'voyeur' ;)

Edited 2013-08-14 16:51 UTC

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RE[5]: PS4
by lucas_maximus on Wed 14th Aug 2013 17:15 in reply to "RE[4]: PS4"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It could happen, but tbh the platform is going to be quite locked down, it isn't like a regular PC where the user can easily open themselves up to a number of attack vectors.

I would say it is low risk, others would disagree. You have to use your own judgement. If you are that worried about that sort of thing you could always put something over the lens to obscure it.

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RE[6]: PS4
by bnolsen on Wed 14th Aug 2013 19:41 in reply to "RE[5]: PS4"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

seems like being locked down and having possibilities aren't exactly compatible depending on what you mean by "possibilities" (like great possibilities for MS to squeeze more money from the customers the control???)

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