People who’re concerned about their privacy with the new Kinect, Microsoft has just confirmed that you will be able to completely turn off the Kinect, but there is a catch. You still won’t be able to play your Xbox One without it on though, and if you want to turn your Kinect off, you’ll have to completely shut down the Xbox One as well. The fact that Microsoft requires the Kinect to be on all the time made a lot of people uneasy, so this is a way to counteract everyone’s concerns.
“Yes, you can turn the system completely off,” a Microsoft rep told Kotaku. “This would use no power and turn everything off. ”We are designing the new Kinect with simple, easy methods to customize privacy settings, provide clear notifications and meaningful privacy choices for how data will be used, stored and shared.”
The rep went on to assure that privacy protection will be a key focus for the new console.
“We know our customers want and expect strong privacy protections to be built into our products, devices and services, and for companies to be responsible stewards of their data. Microsoft has more than ten years of experience making privacy a top priority. Kinect for Xbox 360 was designed and built with strong privacy protections in place and the new Kinect will continue this commitment. We’ll share more details later,” they said.