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Kudo: Kinect works with sitting, standing and “everything in between”

Monday, 23rd August 2010 10:53 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Kinect creative chief Kudo Tsunoda has told VG247 that sitting functionality “already works” with Kinect, claiming developers can create games played while seated right now.

Tsunoda’s comments, made in Cologne at gamescom last week, come after an E3 rumour-flurry about the motion sensor’s ability to “see” seated players.

“That’s all stuff that already works with Kinect,” said the exec.

“I think developers just try to tailor the type of experience they make for, ‘What is the best thing for the user to be doing?’ So, a game like Kinect Sports, where you’re running down a track, obviously you’re not going to be seated. You want to be standing up and doing that.”

‘Hey look. I invented standing up TV.’

Following an initial IGN claim after E3 that Kinect struggled with seated players, Microsoft Xbox production boss Aaron Greenberg commented to the contrary, saying the camera would work in any situation.

Tsunoda expanded, using Kinect’s much-demoed dashboard functionality as proof Greenberg was on mark.

“Stuff on Xbox Live where you’re watching movies, or listening to music, or watching TV: obviously, those are things that you want to be doing sitting down. I don’t think anyone wants to be, ‘Hey look. I invented standing up TV.’ That’s not really the most awesome thing, right? That’s stuff that already works with Kinect.

“Sitting totally works, standing totally works. Developers can just build any kind of experience they want. If they want to do it sitting, great, they can do it sitting. If they want to do it standing, they can do it standing. Anything in between; it all works.”

“It’s not just standing and sitting.”

Asked directly if developers could make games featuring sitting play “right now,” Tsunoda said:

“Yeah. You can even see with what we showed at E3 with Kinectimals; the little girl could actually lie down on the ground to do stuff with her animals. It’s not just standing and sitting. Anything from jumping, to standing, to sitting, to laying down on the ground: it all works.”

Tsunoda and Greenberg’s comments echo those made by Blitz’s Andrew Oliver, who claimed at Develop in July that Kinect wouldn’t work with players lying down by default, but it was possible to write bespoke detection code to recognise skeletal frames in differing positions.

While it appears that initial concerns about playing in various positions are to become a thing of the past, however, integration with traditional core content may be a little way out. Lionhead’s Peter Molyneux dropped a not-so-subtle hint to VG247 in Germany last week that Fable III’s promised Kinect features won’t be included.

Fable III will hit the market on October 26 in the US and October 29 in the UK. You can listen to Kudo talking below.

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  1. tenthousandgothsonacid

    That’s just a picture of some tramp you found in the street right ?

    No wonder kinect doesn’t work. Maybe it does if you’ve drunk two bottles of mad dog 20/20 ?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    Christ what a Chav.

    He’d fit in well in Liverpool!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Did he try to sell you any drugs?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Ingmar

    “So, a game like Kinect Sports, where you’re running down a track, obviously you’re not going to be seated. You want to be standing up and doing that.”

    Alright, I agree. What about ‘Joyride’? Do players want to be standing up in a racing game?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OrphanageExplosion

    They make you do stunts using your body with Joy Ride so yes you need to be standing up :s

    #5 4 years ago
  6. LOLshock94

    i creased at that pic :)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Aimless

    I didn’t know they’d brought Nathan Barley back.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Sidology

    Isn’t the whole point to inspire people to stand up while playing?

    If you can play while sitting, then you’re defeating the purpose.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    That’s Judah Friedlander without the hat.

    I don’t see myself getting Kinect, like ever. For that money I could basically get a Wii and play the real thing.

    … I mean if I was so insanely gay that I wanted to get a Wii. Which I don’t. I’m a manly man. Very manly.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    @8
    No the point is to remove the controller and become one yourself – or just augment the controller. You shouldn’t need to stand up for everything.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Who is that guy anyway? I know what he does for MS… but where did he come from?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Johnny Cullen

    He was originally at the now-defunct EA Sports Chicago studio, who used to do Fight Night.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Galactic_Barret

    Wasn’t nearly every Kinect demonstration at E3 staged?

    Do we have any gameplay videos of all this? It should be settled, once and for all, with photographic evidence.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. djhsecondnature

    Are the glasses glued to his fucking head? You’re indoors…take them off!!!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. theevilaires

    You know all I hear people do is bitch and complain about Kinect. What are all you going to do if this happens to turn out to be another Wii craze. Will you then shut up and jump on the bandwagon. Stop judging it before it comes out. We will see how things pan out much better that way. No reason to slander a good product before its released.

    and I agree someone tell this fool to take off the shades. He’s just as bad as Itagaki.

    #15 4 years ago