Xbox One’s Kinect isn’t always-on, says Microsoft

Xbox One Kinect

Microsoft has explained a little more about its privacy policies with Xbox One and Kinect.

A post on Xbox Wire explains that “if you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect.” Essentially Kinect will not be forced upon players, but it will have to be actively turned off.

Next, it moved to calm concerns over privacy while Kinect is not active. “When the system is off, it’s only listening for the single voice command – ‘Xbox On’” This feature can be turned off as well. “Some apps and games may require Kinect functionality to operate, so you’ll need to turn it back on for these experiences,” said Microsoft.

The platform holder also said that personal data stored on Xbox One and picked up by Kinect, like videos, photos, facial expressions and even your heart rate, will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission.

There’s fresh detail on Xbox One’s second-hand model and why Xbox One requires an internet connection every 24 hours through the links.