Who Wants To See Kinect’s Tech Specs?

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Kinect will be launched by Microsoft towards the end of this year and after getting some time with it at E3, we wonder how much will change by the time it hits the shelves.

Online store Play.com’s Kinect page is now up, and on it is the complete technical specs for the new controller-free device that Microsoft hopes will change our lives forever. According to the specs which, by the way, are “based on specifications supplied by manufacturers and should be used for guidance only” Kinect is only going to be able to handle a maximum of 2 active players.

No 4 player gaming? Oh noes.

It says that it will be able to track up to 6 players, of which 2 can be active, that means that party games will still exist, just don’t expect to be able to have 4 people playing at the same time.

Here are the specs:


Colour and depth-sensing lenses
Voice microphone array
Tilt motor for sensor adjustment
Fully compatible with existing Xbox 360 consoles

Field of View

Horizontal field of view: 57 degrees
Vertical field of view: 43 degrees
Physical tilt range: ± 27 degrees
Depth sensor range: 1.2m – 3.5m

Data Streams

320×240 16-bit depth @ 30 frames/sec
640×480 32-bit [email protected] 30 frames/sec
16-bit audio @ 16 kHz

Skeletal Tracking System

Tracks up to 6 people, including 2 active players
Tracks 20 joints per active player
Ability to map active players to LIVE Avatars

Audio System

LIVE party chat and in-game voice chat (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership)
Echo cancellation system enhances voice input
Speech recognition in multiple

This information is based on specifications supplied by manufacturers and should be used for guidance only.

Source: Play.com via Kotaku

Last Updated: June 30, 2010

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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