Kotaku - Responding to worries that an always-on Kinect sensor recording camera and audio information would be a threat to user privacy, Microsoft offers a simple solution: the ability to turn the Kinect off.
I'm sorry, Kotaku, but I'm going to have to disagree: http://n4g.com/user/blogpos... (confirmation that Microsoft is currently - and has been in the past - allowing the NSA to mine audio, video, pictures, text, and log-in details from Microsoft's servers)
Get a bucket of cement and throw the Kinect sensor in it, problem solved /jk. All jokes put aside Microsoft should just offer two retailer this winter. Ones with kinect and ones without kinect. Its quite silly of MS to assume everyone wants a Kinect sensor with their system, even if it is free.
But then how will I say "Xbox, go home"?
The usual nut job with the tin foil hat. Your cell phone provider, all of the websites you have accounts on (including N4G, guaranteed) all of the bills you pay, services you subscribe to (Game Informer) search engines, ISP's, hell if you pre-order games at GameStop. All of these monitor what you look at and sell information. But all of the sudden the world is ending because Microsoft is gathering (harmless, easy to find) data most likely to spam "appropriate" ads on the dashboard. IE you like pizza, you get Pizza Hut ads. If you really think the NSA, FBI, CIA, or anybody else really cares about your personal life, you're nuts. They do this for the sole purpose of spamming emails, soliciting telephone calls, and putting ads up on the internet. No gamer is so interesting that they would want a 24/7 live feed of said person. Not to mention the thing can most likely be turned off, and when in stand by (if left plugged in) the only working portion in Kinect would be the voice recognition system. If the camera was active you could sue Microsoft simply because you would have to sign a contract for them to have permission to look in your house whenever they want. DTD do you think the Illuminati runs the world too? You live in a world surrounded by cameras and microphones, but the Kinect is the deal breaker? The device that would be breaking 5+ laws, and smothering human rights if it did what you think it does? This crackpot conspiracy crap is insane. Just because Kinect ships with every console doesn't mean it has to be plugged in all of the time. "In the Times article, I reported that Microsoft says the Kinect can be turned off. The entire console can be powered down." Quote from a Microsoft employee.
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The fact that there are idiots still talking this Kinect spying nonsense shows how dumb and uniformed some of these people are. It's been all over the news all week that the NSA makes all of the phone companies turn over information everyday and these idiots are worried about Kinect. If the Founding Fathers had known how stupid most Americans would turn out to be they would have never picked up a gun.
so you probably shouldn't be making a bomb or planing your next torrist attack around... your cell phone... your Kinect... your land line... your door... a window... anything else that can conduct sound...
What happens to the users who place tape over it ?
Turn it off? As an Xbox fan, That's not good enough. I want the ability to NEVER plug it into my Xbox One. I don't play Kinect games and I don't need a Kinect to turn on/off my console or go through stuff.
Well said. That's the whole point. Kinect should be optional HARDWARE disconnected. It will be in a slumber low power state...who's to say it isn't recording despite you 'low level' authority SOFTWARE settings. Those settings don't mean shit! It still could be doing all sorts of despite your settings cause it is always connected. Some dudes just need glasses and sober up. Just today this was announced http://www.washingtonpost.c... where's your tin foiled head argument now? Some people are too trustworthy. Upgrade your stiff brain matter Dcbronco & Cueil! We're all subjected to the real paranoid government officials. This datamining should be illegal but here you have it right in front of our noses and you two are still playing the fool. The proof that companies DO GIVE Governments their privacy sensitive data!Imagine what they could do with Kinect's voice & face & 3D object scanning data...it will be a dream for Companies & Governments.
Turn it off? No way! you mean like the first one in the settings menu! Recycle your tinfoil hats here____
I doubt it powers all the way down or else they would let me unplug it.
"In the Times article, I reported that Microsoft says the Kinect can be turned off. The entire console can be powered down." Straight from Microsoft Alex Jones, you can take the tinfoil hat off now.
Unless utilizing a game or feature that requires the sensor,(basically everything) Kinect can be paused. When not using your Xbox One(keywords when not using your xbox), it can be turned off with a simple "Xbox Off" voice command. In off mode, the system listens for "Xbox On But it's powered down, not completely off.And it's still listening. Umm..guys?
I know they really want to push Kinect 2.0 but it really should not be bundled with the console or required to be connected. I think it's fine as a feature but it should be optional and forcing people who won't use it to purchase it with the console is just raising the price ):
You miss the point, the fact that it's bundled with the console will encourage devs to implement its use into their games. I just hope they will use it in much more creative ways then its been used so far. There is a lot of potential, anyone who does not think so just lacks imagination.
Yeah, it opens up every game as a potential kinect game and that is something anybody considering buying the Xbox should get angry about so they realize this. I don't mind kinect games but I don't want kinect invading the more serious of games. Keep Kinect Optional.
You're right. I do hope developers put more creativity in it. If they have an interactive, x-rated, A for Adults, kinect game I might consider buying.
Well Kinect isn't NEEDED for all games. Take Ryse for instance. It was a kinect game on the 360. Kinect ONLY. Now on the Xbox One, it's a controller based game enhanced by Kinect. It doesn't mean you need it... it's just capable of using Kinect.
And hopefully it stays that way. I am fine with having kinect games and kinect support in games but I just don't want it to be required, it's a fear that seems plausible if kinect comes with every console because it's a option to every developer. Just keep it out of games like Gears of War, Battlefield, and Halo.
I agree with you. We'll see for sure at E3, but i think a lot of their games will be controller based, but will have the option for Kinect if a player chooses to. If that's the case... I'm okay with it. I'm a fan of games so I'll be getting both consoles, but this is what I think that Microsoft will be doing with Kinect and their games.
leave it on. if you don't want the world seeing in your house, clean up, so you want be so embarassed.
If you're one of those silly paranoid people you can just place a small black cloth over the Kinect. Problem solved, next.
But what about the bunch who care about..it listening?
Then they should sell their phones/cellphones and all forms of communication.
It's a possibility. I'm just concerned about this message popping up: “Something is blocking the camera on your Kinect. Please check your camera and remove any obstruction to continue.”
Meh, I'll leave mine on. The only people complaining are conspiracy theorists on the internet. "Ermuhgerrrrd I'm being watched by microsoft!" You guys need to lay off the web. Seriously.
You should stop defending stupid things. It's not a good look. Edit: And you're any better, as an MS fanboy? You're not helping your argument, any... what little argument you have. Edit 2: So? Plenty of people out there "own all consoles" and still come off as fanboys, or are oblivious to how something on one console can spread to others, if it's successful. You talk about "bending over" for a company, but seem to be perfectly happy bending over for Microsoft. What's worse, you expect others to do the same, and label anyone who doesn't as a fanboy. Worse still is that your approach to it all isn't just pro-corporate, but immature, as well. It could just be you and others being uninformed, but as much as many, MANY people have imparted important facts and reasoning around here, it's hard to accept that one. Yet, somehow, the ONLY way people disagree is if they're "conspiracy theorists," or fanboys, or "people who had no intention of buying, anyway." There's always some excuse handy for why people might not legitimately have concerns about something. And where did "casuals" come from? I can't imagine too many casual gamers frequent a site like this. That hints at more dedication than a casual would commit to gaming. But then, that's using the type of logic and/or common sense that you and others don't seem to grasp. Well, make whatever excuses you think you need to. Reality is considerably different than the fiction you'd have the rest of us subscribe to.
Is that so...? http://venturebeat.com/2013... http://www.net-security.org... https://audioboo.fm/boos/13... http://amanwithaphd.wordpre... http://www.globalpost.com/d... http://mybroadband.co.za/vb... http://arstechnica.com/secu...
Yeah...but I still have to buy something I don't want..
Then do not buy the console, it really is that simple.
Actually you are right...Microsoft made it very simple to decide.
Off means that there's no power running through it, this isn't off its just on standby mode.
This has been my stance from the beginning. I think the other issue is used games. They need to come clear on that.
seriously? you can turn the damn thing off and still bashing?
Or you could, yaknow, make the whole thing optional, like completely. Would solve the whole issue. But alas..
Turn it off? It needs to be on for the controller to work, ffs.
I'll enjoy reading that article. I'll be waiting for the link troll master.
To turn off your Xbox One, just say “Xbox Off.” When the system is off, it’s only listening for the single voice command — “Xbox On,” How do I know that's all they're listening for? How is that even possible? It must be constantly checking through it's libraries for that one phrase, which means it's still processing every single word you say. This is more smoke and mirrors. Follow suit Sony and my PS3 will be the last console I ever buy.
Will we be able to turn off all DRM restrictions too?
dear MS, I don`t want to turn Kinect off. I don`t want to be forced to connect it to the console just so I can use the console in the first place and pay extra money for it.
Sucks about the check in once every 24 hour thing, but my concerns have been addressed in regard to the Kinect. I just wanted the ability to completely turn it off and they are allowing me to do that now. So umm, I am looking forward to seeing the games now.
It's not completely off just paused, it must still be connected, it must be on, it will always be listening.
how can you know its completely turned off? the only way I would trust it is if they allow me to actually unplug the damn thing
I sometimes wonder if this site is being paid by Microsoft. Kotaku is telling us to make the best of a crappy situation, when we shouldn't even be in this situation, i.e. requiring Kinect to be connected, I mean is Kinect really necessary?!
Sure we can turn it off but we still need to have the Damn thing plugged in just to operate the console.
Why not just give us the option of choosing whether to plug it in to the console or not.
It still listens to you so no its not off. http://24.media.tumblr.com/...
i just won't buy it. problem solved. so the console turns off, big deal. my console is pretty much on all the time even when we are watching cable, between the one in bedroom and living room one is always on Netflix.
i'll say this again: if you can turn it off, and if you do not need the device to navigate the system software, then that a camera peripheral shouldn't be mandatory to use a console.
If I can play on the Xbone with out the Kinect sensor PLUGGED in than Id say, good job MS, "turning it off" with some kind of setting is BS and I still would trust it for S*it
lol I read the part where it says "the sensor will only be on for the words XBONE turn on" pure BS
Disable all kinect functionality in menus, Put it in a soundproof box. End of.
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