When Microsoft unveiled their new Xbox One console last week, one of the biggest problems a lot of people had with the game was the fact that the Kinect has to be connected at all times for the console to work. A lot of people don’t even want to have the Kinect at all, and the fact that the motion peripheral is mandatory for the system, just adds insult to injury. Microsoft Games Studios vice president Phil Harrison has said the platform holder has “very, very good” privacy policies and won’t use Xbox One’s to snoop on it’s consumers.
“Microsoft has very, very good policies around privacy. We’re a leader in the world of privacy, I think you’ll find,” Harrison told Eurogamer. “We take it very seriously. We aren’t using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all. We listen for the word ‘Xbox on’ and then switch on the machine, but we don’t transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that.”
You have to admit that the Kinect having to be always on does sound pretty creepy, it will feel like you’re being watched even when your system is off.