Xbox One Will be Region Locked and Kinect Won't Spy on You
Written Tuesday, May 28, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One will be region locked and that Kinect won't spy on you. Furthermore, you'll actually be able to turn off Xbox One's Kinect altogether if you want. First, let's deal with the region locking bit.
“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Digital Trends. “We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
On Xbox 360, region encoding was left to the discretion of publishers, which means the same rule could apply to Xbox One and some titles from overseas may still be available to import.
And if you want to shut Kinect off on Xbox One, there'll be options to do just that in order to retain your privacy. "If you want privacy, we'll give you modes that ensure your privacy," Microsoft's Jeff Henshaw explained to CNET. "And we actually have a little bit about this on the web already. We will have something similar for the Kinect with Xbox One."
Retailer and rental chain Blockbuster has also reported record pre-orders on Xbox One, indicating that despite all of the confusion surrounding the console's used games policy, people apparently still want one. We'll be bringing you more on Xbox One from E3 early next month.
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