It looks like the new Kinect is causing a lot of problems across seas, but it looks like Microsoft isn’t too worried about the reported issues. The Xbox One’s new Kinect has raised the hackles of privacy watchdogs in Germany and Australia, but Microsoft has said the feature can be disabled by those unnerved by machine surveillance. Ever since the new Kinect was revealed, a lot of people had a lot of problems with the privacy concerns the peripheral brings up.
“Microsoft’s new Xbox meets the definition of a surveillance device under some Australian laws, so they need to be upfront and tell customers whether anyone else can intercept their information or remotely access their device,” Civil Liberties Australia director Tim Vines told NineMSN.
“People should have the ability to turn off the camera or microphone, even if it limits the functionality of the machine. If Microsoft doesn’t allow that, then people should vote with their wallets and skip the next Xbox.”
Microsoft didn’t reveal a ton of games at the Xbox One event, but they have assured us that they will be unveiling more titles at E3. 15 exclusives to be exact, but we’ll have to see exactly how many will be just rehashes of old Xbox 360 games.