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Kinect technical specs show only two active players at a time

Kinect technical spec reveal only two active players at a time

A Britsh online retailer has posted technical specifications for Kinect for the Xbox 360 and it reveals a few details on the Xbox 360 motion control camera.

The detail that stands out the most in the listing is that camera will only support two active players at a time while tracking up to six players.  This is probably best explained by the limited 57 degree horizontal field of vision.  Anymore than two individuals playing at a time likely won't fit into what the camera see no matter how large their living room might be.  So while Kinect won't support four players at a time it does support more than two players at a time, it will be able to handle players dropping in and out during party type games.

Other notable details include the cameras two resolutions (320 x 240 and 640 x 480) at 30 frames per second.   30 frames per second is what most games run at so its unclear at the moment what affect this will have or whether or not the camera will be able to pick up the subtle and fine movements like finger movement. 

The complete spec is below.

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 colour@ 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

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  • matthew 5 years ago

    rubbish its like going back in time with a new product ect move is better but the wii is major way ahead of these all of a sudden crazy ideas from the HD boys the wii went through years of testing ect these devices didnt thats why the wii was a phonomenal display and these got a so so reaction at E3,I wouldnt hold your breath that these are going to do even a 16th as well as wii all they have done is make it easy now for the boys at nintendo tobring out there next system that they say will be smaller and much more powerful with more powerful controls in a smaller package for cheaper oh they have agreed to use FUSION APU which gives u the bestgraphics on the market ect

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