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December 18, 2010

Microsoft planning Kinect accuracy upgrade?

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by Darren Allan

Some news on the Kinect front, for Xbox owners, and this one comes courtesy of gaming site EuroGamer.

While the motion control system’s hardware is obviously set in stone, apparently the sensor isn’t currently working to its full capability and could potentially be upgraded via its firmware.

At the moment it samples at up to 30 frames per second at a resolution of 320 x 240, but the firmware could be updated to unlock its full potential of a 640 x 480 resolution. This would massively increase the accuracy of the sensor to enable detection of the movement of a user’s fingers, for example.

The reason it hasn’t been done thus far is that there are issues related to the USB interface and the throughput of data. However, Microsoft is busily beavering away trying to overcome any limitations, so this might happen in the future.

Having played with it, we’re pretty impressed with Kinect’s general accuracy level anyway, when set up properly that is. Although we have noticed it does have a little trouble with hand movements, sometimes.

A boost in accuracy could make it even more playable with certain games, such as the planned Star Wars title which will have the player waving a virtual lightsaber around.

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  1. Kinect is just the mk1 of all of this anyways, as impressive as it is and may further be it’ll probably be the next gen where it gets simply incredible.
    I’m looking forward to voice & gesture control of anything in the house, besides all the gaming stuff it’ll do.

    Comment by DaveBG — December 19, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  2. lazy git!!

    Comment by jon — December 26, 2010 @ 11:32 am

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