Xbox One reminder about game sharing & trading policies

September 12, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment

Just in case you weren’t crystal clear as to what Microsoft’s DRM reversal for the Xbox One meant, they’ve created the infographic below to try and explain some of the benefits of what’s been dubbed the “Xbox 180 policy reversal”.

As you can see, it’s designed to emphasize that the Xbox One is “your choice”, “your games” and “your call”. It’s also important to note that MS has not ruled out bringing back some of the sharing/trading features that were removed – their view is that the general public simply wasn’t ready for such features (and accompanying restrictions) just yet.


We’d say it was much more a case of message delivery, with Steam having just rolled out similar policies without a massive backlash (although it is still beta)…

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Xbox One doesn’t require Kinect to function

August 12, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment


The good news keeps coming for soon-to-be Xbox One owners (see our recent post on sharing digital games and Xbox Live Gold). Marc Whitten, Xbox Corporate VP, has also just revealed that the Xbox One will not require the new Kinect in order to function normally.

This represents somewhat of an (Xbox) 180, as back in May Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios Corporate VP, told everyone that the console would in fact require the Kinect to be plugged in to function.

Speaking to IGN, Whitten said that while you’ll be able to use your Xbox One without the Kinect plugged in, any features that require the Kinect will obviously not be functional.

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.

Chalk another positive change up to Microsoft and the Xbox One.

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