You will, however, be able to monitor what Kinect sees and hears, Microsoft says.
The rage against Xbox One continues in the gaming world after Microsoft unveiled its Xbox One DRM plans in three posts last night, detailing its vision for games moving forward. It’s all been a bitter pill that many gamers have refused to swallor, part of it being Kinect’s always-online nature, and the fact that the peripheral is always listening to you and always watching you. What’s even more disturbing is that you can’t switch off the device. If you do, Xbox One won’t work.
“You are in control of what Kinect can see and hear: By design, you will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup,” Microsoft said.
When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.
You are in control of when Kinect sensing is On, Off or Paused: If you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. 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,’ and you can even turn that feature off too.
You are in control of your personal data: You can play games or enjoy applications that use data, such as videos, photos, facial expressions, heart rate and more, but this data will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission.
Microsoft gave a few examples of where data might be used in games, but the firm never made mention of advertising or similar uses of data.