Rumor: Kinect specifications listed by UK retailer

Wednesday, 30th June 2010 18:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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UK retailer has published unofficial specifications for Kinect, leading one to believe the hands-free controller only allows for two active players.

Granted, the specs reveal that Kinect can track up to six bodies, but only two can be active at a time it seems.

Another thing of note, is that the camera’s depth map is 320×240, which “differs from PrimeSense stating that it can handle a 640×480″ resolution. It appears Microsoft may have scaled back the definition, and if so, Digital Foundry suggests that skeletal tracking has been as well.

While the information has not been confirmed by Microsoft, Play has said that the specifications for Kinect came directly from the manufacturer.

Here’s the specs listed through Play:


  • Colour and depth-sensing lenses
  • Voice microphone array
  • Tilt motor for sensor adjustment

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 at 30FPS
  • 640×480 32-bit colour at 30FPS
  • 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 Xbox LIVE Avatars

Audio System

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

Kinect is out in November, with pricing still yet to be determined.



  1. Tallon 4

    The more I read about Kinect, the more I think this was a rush job by MS and will turn out as a major disappointment

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Droid

    Oh well… just buy a Wii it’s cheaper.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. theoperator

    How many people were you planning on putting in front of the camera at once exactly? I don’t see this as an issue. How often do you play your Wii with 3 other people?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Tallon 4

    @3: When GoldenEye arrives it will be 4 player splitscreen all the way :)

    You’re right that this isn’t a big problem, but due to all negative news lately, I totally have no faith in the product.

    I think MS has reached too high;the tech doesn’t seem to be working the way they said it would be. Looking at the E3 presentation, the lag alone is awful.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. asdfasdf

    @2 eyetoy is better

    #5 5 years ago
  6. theoperator

    You want to play Goldeneye with Kinect? I look forward to fragging you online whilst you fumble with the gesture to reload your weapon.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Is pewing faster then pushing a button?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Depends how much curry you had the night before.

    #8 5 years ago

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