Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten:
That said, like online, the console will still function if Kinect isnâ??t plugged in, although you wonâ??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.