The reveal of the Xbox One has been full of ups and downs for many gamers all around with talks of region-locking, DRM, and always online features.  Another worrisome thing might be how advanced the Kinect 2.0 device, included with every Xbox One console, will work with the new system.

Kinect 2.0 is on the right. This compare the first generation Kinect with the new one in what the camera sees.

Kinect 2.0 is on the right. This compare the first generation Kinect with the new one in what the camera sees.

Kinect 2.0 is highly advanced, so advanced that it can detect everything from your heartbeats to changes in pigment in your skin.  It’s kind of freaky that a camera can do all that on top of tracking you in the dark. But since the console is supposedly going to offer a lot of online features, does that mean that data from your Kinect can be transmitted online?

According to OXM, Kinect will not be used to transmit your data online and you can switch the camera off in “certain modes” to ensure privacy. Kinect can recognize you by your face but that data, like other pieces, are tracked by numbers and that’s it.

So put your fears aside that Microsoft may be spying on you because that simply isn’t the case. Unless they are just lying and have plans for secret world domination but I doubt it.

Matt Pettit
I love video games. Writing, talking, and playing them to be specific. I love the industry and could talk your ear off about some video games. Try me if you don't believe me, just bring some snacks.

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