Kinect not so great at dealing with players lying down

Thursday, 15th July 2010 09:43 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Let’s say it’s finally happened. Your worst nightmares have come true, and Kinect’s become sentient, immediately proceeding to go on a human-murdering, Facebook photo-uploading rampage. You take a seat, hoping your attempt at not resembling a colorfully-clothed idyllic Typical American Family will throw it off your tracks. But that does nothing to slow Kinect’s charge.

In your desperation, you trip and fall flat on the ground. But then, something odd happens: Kinect goes haywire. Congratulations: you’ve just thwarted the apocalypse by lying down.

“We had to consider, would this skeletal tracking ever realistically be able to work out that a player is laying on the floor,” Blitz Games CTO Andrew Oliver said during a session at Develop. “We asked – believe me we asked – and we were told it wasn’t going to happen.”

Currently, Blitz is working on The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout, a Kinect-centric fitness game. Obviously, then, push-ups and sit-ups would seem to be shoe-ins, but Kinect apparently said otherwise. Fortunately, Oliver and his team of workout fanatics found a work-around.

“You don’t need to rely on the system,” Oliver said. “You can write your own [detection routine] if you know what you’re looking for.”

So, by default, Kinect’s not equipped to handle players not in an upright position. With a little bit of tinkering, though, just about anything’s possible. Including the apocalypse.

Thanks, IndustryGamers.



  1. Blerk

    So you’ll have to stand up for the sex games as well? What about doggy-style? Would that work?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. loki


    #2 5 years ago
  3. Crysis

    funny if there were actually publishers entering that kinda game market with kinect, it would definately get the new audience it’s been looking for, the perves :P

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Eregol

    It’s a fact of life, that all new inventions in some way always have a sexual element eventually given to them.

    As regular as day follows night.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Mauller

    So the interactive kama sutra will not be coming to the xbox marketplace?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    That’d be amazing!

    “Please grow a beard before pressing START.”

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Dannybuoy

    Potential sex game name: Kinections

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    Makes sense that they chose to code it themselves given it wasn’t supported. Kama sutra game still a possibility!

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Boris Fett

    @6 Guess I’m sorted then.

    #9 5 years ago

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