Xbox One: Despite policy changes, day one update and Kinect mandatory

Despite Xbox One’s policy changes today, you will still need to have Kinect plugged-in, install your games and download a day one update, according to Xbox corporate vice-president Marc Whitten.

Whitten stressed that a day one update would have been mandatory, regardless of the policy changes that were announced by Microsoft earlier.

He said, “There was always going to be a day one update on the console, and that’s frankly just a difference in manufacturing schedules versus software schedules. We just wanted to be clear that that hasn’t changed, that you have to go online to get the software update for day one, then you wouldn’t have to be connected after that.”

The change back to disc system of installing games would not nullify the need for Kinect.

Whitten added, “We still believe Kinect is a really critical part of the architecture. We want game and interactive entertainment creators to be able to know they can take advantage of it, and we want it to be completely consistent for our users. So we still are very committed to how Kinect transforms that experience.”

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