Leaked Kinect 2 Image Reveals Improved Depth Sensor

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There have been all kinds of rumors and speculation surrounding Microsoft's next generation Xbox game console (codenamed Durango), and one of them is that it will ship with an improved Kinect motion camera device. How much improved? The answer to that question may have been revealed in a sample image purportedly taken from a Kinect 2 device running on an Xbox 720.

The image was uploaded to Twitter (see below) and there's a question as to its legitimacy. However, some reports indicate its the real deal, plucked straight from Microsoft's Durango Xbox Development Kit (XDK).

Image Source: Twitter (@superDaE)

If the picture is genuine, then it bodes well for the next generation Kinect. Compared to the first generation motion camera, the Kinect 2 image shows much improved detail and depth recognition, which could pave the way to better gameplay. The Kinect 2 is supposed to be able to do a better job at detecting subtle movements, and based on the leaked image, it certainly looks like that will be the case.
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sackyhack replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 7:50 PM

And yet the games for it will still suck. MS wasn't able to release any games as compelling as Dance Central and Child of Eden (which I played all the way through with a regular controller just fine). I doubt better detection will make it any better. They really need to open up some kind of app store where people can submit all those cool Kinect hacks you see on youtube. I bet that would move a lot more product.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 10:02 AM

I agree sackyhack. I don't see the point in this. After the initial fun of a couple of gimmick-games, the Kinect is basically as useful as he Wii Fit board. i.e. not useful.

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Jaybk26 replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 3:40 PM

I loved the Kinect sports (for the first 2 hours), but - aside from voice controlling netflix - I never even use my Kinect. I can't imagine what they're planning on doing with an "improved depth recognition." It was a cool idea Microsoft, but sometimes things don't work out.

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