If you wave at Kinect, it'll activate. Neat feature, huh? But doesn't that mean its camera and internet-connected console could be watching you the whole time? Not quite, says Microsoft Game Studios VP, Phil Spencer.
When asked what he'd say to those who feel uneasy about a having an always-on camera with face recognition watching their every move, Spencer replied: "Well, do you have the controls to not make it always connected to the Internet? Yes. Is the thing always looking at you? No."
He goes on to explain: "You'll see when you use it that you actually stand up and wave to activate the camera. Then the camera will see you, and that has nothing to do with the RGB camera. That's just the infrared picking us up. So it's pretty specific when it's looking into the room, if you want to call it that, and when it's not."
So don't worry, MS isn't going to launch some kind of all-seeing Minority Report-style agency.