Will Be Built In To Next Xbox
Kinect's success means the early salvo of motion-enabled offerings was just the tip of Microsoft's ludicrously powerful iceberg. With a solid launch to build on, MS can now take their exciting new peripheral to all new heights. You'd hope. Well, early reports reveal MS have a new Kinect model in the works, so powerful it can read our lips, determine our mood via facial characteristics, and will no longer rely on the bandwidth-limited USB interface.
Eurogamer bagged the exclusive, dumping a festively large chunk of rumour-stoking information on to our pages. First off, Kinect 2 will feature improved tech and software, allowing it to read our expressions to determine emotion, measure pitch and elevation in our voice, and can adjust itself so if you're direction to the sensor is somewhat off, it will recalibrate accordingly.
Ever since it was released, Microsoft and developers around the world have been unable to truly harness the power of the Kinect sensor. Why? Well it's all down to the USB connection, whose low bandwidth prevents Kinect and sharing all its data on the fly with the 360. Kinect 2, on the other hand, will not rely on USB but another higher resolution CCD.
"It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?" Eurogamer's source told the site. What this means is more data for our Xbox to crunch through, resulting in a more precise reading and thus much less lag.
But when might we see the next Kinect sensor? Well, rumour has it Microsoft is prepping Kinect 2 to launch alongside the Next Xbox. Alongside might not be quite the right word; inside is more appropriate, as the new sensor will be built-in to the new console. Microsoft plans to release two Next Xbox SKUs apparently, one a stripped-down, budget model for the mass market, and another with an optical drive, hard-disk and backwards compatibility for the hardcore audience. Kinect will be included in both.
That's a lot to chew on, and no doubt the coming months will shed further light on whether this information is true or false. However, we've long expected Microsoft to include Kinect in the very hardware of the Next Xbox, cutting down the divide between motion-enabled audiences and those still with controllers, for a while now. [Eurogamer]