Written by Zachary Lecky.
The Xbox 180, which was the term coined regarding Xbox One changing their once hated policies has came up once again. Kinect was once needed to play the Xbox One, even when not using the accessory it would have to be plugged in. Not anymore, Kinect is no longer required to use the Xbox One.
During IGN's Ask Microsoft Anything, consumers and fans get to send Microsoft questions regarding the Xbox One. Marc Whitten, Chief Xbox One Platform Architect answered the question regarding the usage of Kinect.
When asked how "off" can Kinect be? He responded, "You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings.
When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won’t work. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you’ll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue"