Two months after backtracking on game and online policies for Xbox One, Microsoft has pulled back on another key requirement for its upcoming video game console.

According to IGN, Microsoft's Marc Whitten says the Xbox One will no longer require the Kinect motion sensor to stay connected in order to function.

The Xbox One was originally designed to offer deeper integration of Kinect, allowing users to turn on the device with vocal commands. However, consumers grew wary of the "always-on" functionality of Kinect, sparking concerns over privacy.

The change is the latest in a series of policy adjustments following the unveiling of the Xbox One in May. Among the original policies drawing the ire of video game players: regular online authenticity checks required to play video games offline and restrictions on what players can do with games after purchase.

Microsoft backtracked on the policy changes in June, citing consumer feedback.

The Xbox One launches this holiday for $499. Meanwhile, top rival Sony and its PlayStation 4 is slated for a holiday launch starting at $399.

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