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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.

Last Updated: June 21, 2013

93 Comments

  1. Tarisma

    June 21, 2013 at 07:56

    The kinetic wont work properly no matter how cool the idea is. I mean Siri never listens to me, I doubt the kinetic will be any better.

    Reply

    • That Tall Twit

      June 21, 2013 at 08:30

      Siri is terrible.

      Reply

      • Happy Hamster

        June 21, 2013 at 08:31

        i asked Siri to pleasure me and all she said was I do not understand that command

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        • That Tall Twit

          June 21, 2013 at 08:32

          Typical woman.

          Reply

  2. Happy Hamster

    June 21, 2013 at 07:57

    If i was at MS i could make a killing on the internet where subscribers can view this and Rate Yah or Nah

    Reply

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 21, 2013 at 08:33

      God dammit every time I scroll through the comments I have to look at a guy’s ass!! lol

      Reply

      • That Tall Twit

        June 21, 2013 at 08:34

        I know. :<

        Reply

      • Happy Hamster

        June 21, 2013 at 08:35

        Well with womens Liberation act ect i couldnt put a girl up

        Reply

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          June 21, 2013 at 08:36

          Well no ass is better than man ass

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 08:36

            Agreeeeed

      • Trevor Davies

        June 21, 2013 at 08:36

        That’s not the left to right naked ass we were looking for

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          June 21, 2013 at 08:36

          You forgot the:

          *waves hand*

          Before you said that

          Reply

        • Happy Hamster

          June 21, 2013 at 08:42

          Well Thats for Zoe and for the “Green”

          Reply

    • Happy Hamster

      June 21, 2013 at 08:40

      Better?

      Reply

      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        June 21, 2013 at 09:32

        Oh look! Wii Fit Plus!

        Reply

    • Yolanda Green

      June 21, 2013 at 09:12

      worst manbutt ever 😐 I am scarred for life.

      Reply

      • Argentil

        June 21, 2013 at 09:14

        Damn, high standards. That’s mean! It’s not so bad, is it?

        Reply

        • Yolanda Green

          June 21, 2013 at 09:38

          Well, it could have been hairy :S I guess I’m just spoiled by the one I get to see at home xD

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:42

            AG TOE NOU, hehehe, trying to score points that are brown are you?

            …wait, that sounds weird considering we are talking about ass…

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 21, 2013 at 09:29

        looks firm enough

        Reply

    • Weanerdog

      June 21, 2013 at 09:27

      Look the downvotes from me, sorry but can’t have you thinking that posting saggy man butts will farm you positive reps and MY EYES

      Reply

      • Happy Hamster

        June 21, 2013 at 09:31

        Dont have to farm for positive reps , i farm for carrots

        Reply

        • Weanerdog

          June 21, 2013 at 14:49

          My downvote was for guests man but your carrots um butt is fine

          Reply

  3. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 21, 2013 at 08:18

    I’m not trolling or being a fanboi nor am I trying to spread hate for One, but I really, as in REALLY do not have a warm and fuzzy feeling about all this. Something about the One just does not feel right and I just don’t have a good feeling about this console. not since day all the ‘features’ were confirmed. It irks me even more now that they have retracted everything. they can easily turn this stuff off, a simple patch is all it takes…but what about later down the line..what then … and I feel a lot of 3rd party publishers are in on some bigger scheme…..well anyway, I’m just being a conspiracy nut

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    • Argentil

      June 21, 2013 at 08:42

      A few years ago, I would have pegged Microsoft as a great company of innovators, with their finger to the pulse and a healthy neutrality with their consumers. Over the last 4 years, I would say that they have become too broad, trying to have a piece of all of the competition’s pie, and getting less and less concerned over what their user-base want. The MS of 5 years ago, compared to the Sony of the same time, there was no comparison. Times have changed, and recent events only preserve that opinion in stone. Sony took years to recover their fanbase and reputation, the same is true of MS now.

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 21, 2013 at 08:57

        I believed with the 360 that they really made an effort and connected with the consumers … but they still have this need, this longing, as a neglected child wants love …. they keep chasing after Apple, their whole approach has been very Apple-like. They think they can get a chunk of that market and they think they are at a stage to tell us what we like and convince us we need it….If only they focused on making the Xbox the best GAMING system it can ever be

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        • Trevor Davies

          June 21, 2013 at 08:59

          Exactly this.

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 21, 2013 at 08:49

      Tin foil hats, Hooooo!

      Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      June 21, 2013 at 08:51

      Microsoft has signed deals with corporations for broadcasting certain content. NFL for One. These matches are broadcast as pay per view items at standard subscription rate. Microsoft has patent a technology that will allow broadcasters to count the faces in the room then charge the content at a cost per person viewing the content. Microsoft cant back out of these deals so have no choice but to keep the tech in place. They just wont come out and say we have too much to gain in lucrative contracts to care what you want, so they come up with excuses like its part of the Xbox experience.

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 21, 2013 at 08:54

        Bloody hell dude, that is exactly what I mean!!it’s there, it’s in that box…waiting and lurking for the day that patch get’s released to re-activate it…Now I’m not saying it will happen but I mean, considering what you just said, how do we know they won’t just make some other excuse and mask it in a way we don’t realize that this is the very same DRM that we all fought against …. it leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth!

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  4. That Tall Twit

    June 21, 2013 at 08:30

    LOL!

    Reply

  5. Trevor Davies

    June 21, 2013 at 08:35

    Luckily I’ve found an unofficial workaround to blood samples & souls – the homeless guy, not so lucky.

    Reply

    • HvR

      June 21, 2013 at 08:40

      I’m sacrificing the neighbor’s cat, looking at how screwed Windows 8 gets when it sees something new I’m sure cat soul will break the Kinect.

      Reply

    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 21, 2013 at 08:48

      I’m not homeless, I have a bridge damn you!

      Reply

  6. DBL_ZA

    June 21, 2013 at 08:36

    You forgot the child sacrifice for those identified as having children, like these Microsoft-approved microwaves we keep seeing…..

    Reply

  7. Happy Hamster

    June 21, 2013 at 08:46

    If these girls make a appearance at Rage imagine how many of us would be walking with bags in front of us

    Reply

    • Trevor Davies

      June 21, 2013 at 08:56

      Suddenly I don’t mind CoD talking dirty :/

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        June 21, 2013 at 10:17

        XD

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    • Yolanda Green

      June 21, 2013 at 09:00

      Halo 3’s got a bit of a man-face though :S

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        June 21, 2013 at 09:00

        WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        Reply

      • Happy Hamster

        June 21, 2013 at 09:03

        Halo 3 is a cyborg ManShee

        Reply

      • Happy Hamster

        June 21, 2013 at 09:04

        And i doubt anyone would be looking at the face lol

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      • Weanerdog

        June 21, 2013 at 09:31

        Thanks for pointed that out , I would never have seen that.

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      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        June 21, 2013 at 09:35

        Looks like a mask. :-/

        Reply

  8. Rinceyouropinion

    June 21, 2013 at 08:47

    Xbox One, a new Skype experience

    Reply

  9. Ryanza

    June 21, 2013 at 08:50

    So how does all of this work? You need the Kinect to make the Xbox One work. You need the internet to make the Kinect work. Day ONE update, so you also need the internet to make the Xbox One work.

    Can Microsoft not make a console that can play games out of the box? $499 for a gaming console that can not play the fucking games out of the box.

    Reply

  10. OVG

    June 21, 2013 at 08:51

    Drop the MANDATORY shit and lower your price by $99 then bring it out 6 months early.
    THEN WE WILL BE TALKING SONY vs MICROSOFT

    P.S. I forgot about the 1 time internet install… FAIL FAIL FAIL on so many levels.

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    • OVG

      June 21, 2013 at 08:57

      Who am I kidding, they already stated that SONY is not their competition. They are on their own.

      Reply

  11. Purple_Dragon

    June 21, 2013 at 08:57

    Hi guys, please try avoid putting naked pictures in comments. Can’t have NSFW shit in comments. Holy shit. o_O.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      June 21, 2013 at 09:01

      Oh dude, you just opened the floodgates with asking NOT to have something done…

      Reply

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 21, 2013 at 09:03

        people are respectful enough to listen to his request….no?

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          June 21, 2013 at 09:05

          I believe this community is respectful enough to listen yes.

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          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:06

            You think? I dunno man, the troll is strong with this one

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:10

            I think so too. it’s a humble request too, I for one do not like NSFW pics, you never when the boss is looking

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:17

            Well to be fair, have never seen nsfw pics on lags

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:18

            Quite a lot of ass on this page though which is what Purple_dragon is referring to

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:23

            is ass nsfw?

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:24

            I would think so, Naked ass (to be confused with Naked Snake) would be considered NSFW … it think … maybe

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:25

            nekkid ass showing naugty bits maybe, but just ass is ass right?

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:26

            Maybe you’re assking the wrong person. I would also maybe like to asscertain what would be considered NSFW ….

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:28

            I think nsfw is naughty bits showing, in which I agree that it has no place here on Lagz

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:29

            Okay cool then…..Let there be ASS!!!!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:29

            haha….wait….ummm…

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:31

            And it was foretold that Ass will rain down from ASSgard

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:34

            Ok well ASSgard is funny

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 21, 2013 at 09:35

            Phew saved some grace

    • Trevor Davies

      June 21, 2013 at 09:07

      This will balance it out

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      • Captain Minion TallTwit

        June 21, 2013 at 09:39

        And this.

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        • Trevor Davies

          June 21, 2013 at 09:43

          That is WINNING!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            June 21, 2013 at 09:48

            Just slap in some HORSE ARMOUR and I’m sold 😛

  12. Scratchy

    June 21, 2013 at 09:20

    I have no problem with this

    Reply

  13. DrKiller

    June 21, 2013 at 09:32

    Lets make a competition to guess the size of the day one patch 😉

    Reply

    • Captain Minion TallTwit

      June 21, 2013 at 09:33

      30-50gb? 😛

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      June 21, 2013 at 09:38

      1gb more than your cap, what ever that may be

      Reply

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      June 21, 2013 at 09:38

      2Gb

      Reply

  14. Tbone187

    June 21, 2013 at 09:41

    Damage done, trust lost…don’t care what they do from here on…

    Reply

  15. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 21, 2013 at 11:32

    lol, if they drop the spy-cam, the NSA and the CIA drop their funding. (Tin foil hat deployed)

    Reply

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