Posted on May 22, 2013, Ian Miles Cheong Xbox One Does Not Work Without Kinect
The Xbox One was announced earlier today at a press conference, details of which we covered here. Microsoft has put together something of a Q&A to help answer some of the most important questions potential users have about their next-generation console, the Xbox One.
Among many of the questions posed is one regarding the device’s use of the Kinect:
Q: Why require Kinect with every Xbox One?
A: The all new Kinect is now an essential and integrated part of the platform. By having it as a consistent part of every Xbox One, game and entertainment creators can build experiences that assume the availability of voice, gesture and natural sensing, leading to unrivaled ease of use, premium experiences and interactivity for you.
Marketing gibberish aside, the take away from the Q&A is that the Xbox One is unable to function without its Kinect unit plugged in at all times. It’s always Kinect-ed, in other words.
The system does not require an always-online connection, although it does need for its user to log in once a day, the fact that it will not function without the Kinect raises some troubling questions, to say the least.
IGN caught up with Xbox’s UK-based marketing director Harvey Eagle, who confirmed that the device would not work without the Kinect.
“Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes,” he said. Asked whether the Xbox One will accommodate people who perhaps play in their bedroom rather than their living room, Eagle replied: “Yes, absolutely. We use the living room almost as a moniker – that’s where we assume the best screen is in the house. But if you like to play in any other room in the house, the Xbox One will deliver the same quality of experience whatever the environment.”
The situation raises the following questions:
- How will the requirement affect users with physical disabilities or speech impediments?
- Will all games be required to use the Kinect as an interface?
- Can the Kinect be disabled without unplugging it?
- What are its physical space requirements?
Game Front is reaching out to Microsoft for further comment regarding the functionality, and requirements of the Xbox One pertaining to the Kinect.