Microsoft won’t be dropping the Xbox One Kinect requirement

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Yesterday Geoff snuck in a sucker punch post reporting that Microsoft has kicked their DRM policies to the curb. The internet erupted with the masses congratulating themselves for changing Microsoft’s mind and many had hoped that the Kinect requirement would be dropped next. It’s not happening.

In an interview with IGN Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten confirmed that the Xbox One will still require the Kinect to work.

“We still believe Kinect is a really critical part of the architecture, we think it changes the way you can interact with your experiences, being able to control the box with your voice or with gestures, being able to do Skype. And we want game and interactive entertainment creators to be able to know they can take advantage of it, and we want it to be completely consistent for our users. So we still are very committed to how Kinect transforms that experience.”

Even though most people have expressed concerns about privacy I’m not completely against the idea. The world has been trying to make voice commands cool for many years; maybe Microsoft can finally get it right and if Microsoft really wants to see the atrocities in the homes of their customers, it’s their medical bills. That being said, I’m still not really comfortable talking to my consoles.

The Xbox One will also require a day one update, which is part of the reason gamers will have to connect to the internet once they’ve purchased the console.

“There was always going to be a day one update on the console, and that’s frankly just a difference in manufacturing schedules versus software schedules,” Whitten said. “We just wanted to be clear that that hasn’t changed, that you have to go online to get the software update for day one, then you wouldn’t have to be connected after that.”

Whitten also confirmed that the update can be downloaded via smartphone tethering for people without broadband.

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