Microsoft Clears Up Confusion Surrounding Always-On, Used Games, And Kinect
Posted on Thursday, June 6 @ 18:57:32 PST by Alex_Osborn
Following the Xbox One reveal event, Microsoft provided the press with conflicting answers regarding a number of unknowns surrounding its next-gen console. Fortunately, the confusion ends today, as the Big M has come forward with direct answers, some of which you may not be too fond of.
With regards to always-on and the need for an internet connection, Microsoft explained:
As far as used games are concerned, Microsoft isn't outright blocking gamers from trading in or sharing games. "In our role as a game publisher, Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers," the company explained.
While gamers will be required to install games to the hard drive, there are some definite benefits to this as well. Games will be available in disc form at retailers and in digital form via Xbox Live on release day. Purchasing a hard copy provides a fast way to install the game.
Better yet, "if you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. To turn off your Xbox One, just say 'Xbox Off.' When the system is off, it’s only listening for the single voice command -- 'Xbox On,' and you can even turn that feature off too. Some apps and games may require Kinect functionality to operate, so you’ll need to turn it back on for these experiences." Sounds reasonable enough to me.
And there's no need to worry about personal info escaping the home. "You can play games or enjoy applications that use data, such as videos, photos, facial expressions, heart rate and more, but this data will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission."
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