PDP Sells "Privacy Cover" For Kinect

Concerns regarding Xbox One's always-on Kinect 2 camera and microphone have been rekindled by recent reports about NSA collaboration with large companies to spy on their users.

Of course Microsoft is assuring it customers that Xbox One features "robust" privacy features; and of course a lot of users believe that those promises aren't worth the ink they're printed with. And that's where Gaming accessory maker PDP steps in.

The primary function of PDP's $19.99 Xbox One Kinect 2 TV mount accessory is to mount Kinect on top of flat screen TVs instead of laying it down on a nearby table. However, the accessory double-functions as a privacy protector as it comes with a free "privacy cover" that blocks Kinect's REGB and Infra-Red cameras.

In the meanwhile, Microsoft stands its ground that such a privacy cover isn't needed as

"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. The system will navigate you through key privacy options, like automatic or manual sign in, privacy settings, and clear notifications about how data is used. When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded."

The Kinect 2 TV mount accessory and its privacy cover will be ship on December 4th, nearly two weeks after Xbox One's launch on November 22nd, 2013.

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Microsoft recently said that

Microsoft recently said that Kinect can be unplugged and is now not mandatory to use on the xbox one. Microsoft even posted posters and messeges on there facebook page confirming that Kinect does not need to be used any more. if that's the case then let it be sold individually instead of part of the package and drop he price by at least £130

Why bother?

It comes down to something simple, if Microsoft has unsavory intentions they'd figured out how to over come any privacy screen, besides the microphone is way more of a privacy threat than a camera. EITHER way, it is ONLY A PROBLEM IF you're buying an Xbox. I don't know about the whole of the world, but at least out where I live almost no one wants an Xbox, myself included, we're all getting PS4s. No one at my office or at the college I attend seems to care about the X1, everything is about the Ps4 now. All I know is this, I'm buying a Ps4 not just because it's cheaper but because it IS a more powerful console AND its cheaper. Why would I pay a Ferrari price for a Civic? Why WOULDN'T I pay a Civic price for a Prosche? Besides paying less for a better console, I don't have to worry about some useless, worthless camera (I bought kinect 1, it was the biggest waste of money I've ever spent in gaming) that is only for dance games and possibly spying on me, and I don't have to worry about the company I bought my console from changing its mind AFTER I buy the console and instituting ALL the policies I never wanted because they feel now that I've invested I have no choice. Basically the Ps4 is better hardware for lesser price with the addition of no corporate bullsh!t head ache.

you

Well I must say the ps3 had more power as well and 360 blew it away in every way! So Because xbox and 360 blew sony out of the water I will wait and see if Battlefield 4 and COD are better on ps4 if so I will buy a ps4 if not like there track record indicates, Xbox one will be the one nuff said eh

Why bother?

It comes down to something simple, if Microsoft has unsavory intentions they'd figured out how to over come any privacy screen, besides the microphone is way more of a privacy threat than a camera. EITHER way, it is ONLY A PROBLEM IF you're buying an Xbox. I don't know about the whole of the world, but at least out where I live almost no one wants an Xbox, myself included, we're all getting PS4s. No one at my office or at the college I attend seems to care about the X1, everything is about the Ps4 now. All I know is this, I'm buying a Ps4 not just because it's cheaper but because it IS a more powerful console AND its cheaper. Why would I pay a Ferrari price for a Civic? Why WOULDN'T I pay a Civic price for a Prosche? Besides paying less for a better console, I don't have to worry about some useless, worthless camera (I bought kinect 1, it was the biggest waste of money I've ever spent in gaming) that is only for dance games and possibly spying on me, and I don't have to worry about the company I bought my console from changing its mind AFTER I buy the console and instituting ALL the policies I never wanted because they feel now that I've invested I have no choice. Basically the Ps4 is better hardware for lesser price with the addition of no corporate bullsh!t head ache.

lol

I fail to see the point, what are people affraid of anyone in the off chance you're or could be watched in the extremely unlikely scenario, picking your nose? abusing a child? masturbating in the family living room? Good heavens if you actually stepped outside or went to a store, people might actually see you there too!

I am so strong. I send videos

I am so strong. I send videos of myself taking a dump to the government because I have nothing to hide blah blah blah.. What's wrong with humans like you?????? Did you ate too much crap in your childhood???? YOU ARE A PAWN AND THINK LIKE ONE.

haha

what is wrong with masturbating in the living room? personally i wouldn't care if they were watching me masturbate in the living room. also i am sure they have better things to do than to watch random people wanking off in their houses lol Captcha = is it plugged in?.

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