On the wave of changes Microsoft has made to their policies and requirements regarding the Xbox One, the latest will be that the Xbox One will no longer require you have the Kinect sensor plugged in to use the console. The Kinect sensor will still ship with the Xbox One and will still be required for games that require the sensor to function much like how it is with the Xbox 360.
This was brought to light through an interview with an interview Microsoft’s Marc Whitten had with IGN. When asked what would happen if the Kinect broke, Whitten responded with:
… That said, like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor.
These changes with Microsoft’s next gen console the Xbox One has been in response to the vast negative response from the public. Before this latest 180, Major Nelson released an unboxing video of the retail Xbox One and showed that a headset would now be included with the system when it was previously stated that a headset would not be included (presumably because Microsoft wanted you to use the Kinect instead). These mark list of 180’s Microsoft has done since the recanting their “always-on” and used games policies.