Leaked Kinect 2 image shows improved detail and depth data

With the recent speculation, and a job posting, surrounding the next Xbox console, there’s been little information on Kinect 2. Now though, Twitter user superDaE has posted what is alleged to be an image taken from Kinect 2 running on a Durango (new Xbox codename) dev kit.

It’s difficult to tell from the image, showing two users gesturing at the Kinect 2, but there seems to be a higher level of detail, depth and (possibly) movement data. What isn’t clear is whether or not it is genuine, although sources have confirmed it is legitimate.

As work continues on the next version of the Kinect, Microsoft will eventually finalise and confirm the specifications on the device, although it could turn out that we could get an incremental update over the existing hardware.

In a leaked “Xbox 720” document, Microsoft have promised higher accuracy, stereo imaging, better voice recognition and support for up to four players. Accessories for games like darts and basketball will also be supported.

Does the Kinect 2 sound like something you will invest in, or do you think it’s something that will sit above (or below) the TV gathering dust, only getting played at parties? Let us know what you think!

Source: NeoGAF via The Verge
Image: Twitter and NeoGAF

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TRC said,
Didn't the Kinect kind of flop? Everyone I know who bought one no longer use it, just gathers dust.

My ps3 and most of my friends ps3 has a lot of dust on them, doesn't mean it flopped

Most people I know regret buying the first one....so I doubt a lot of people will buy the second one...unless they force it on people by bundling it with the next xbox

I thought I read (quite a while ago probably) that the current Kinect Hardware was already capable of pretty fine grained motion and depth perception, it was a matter that USB 2.0 wasn't fast enough to convay the data.

Master of Earth said,
kinect 2 vs leap motion. Who come out on top , the money will belong one of them in future.


Leap motion.. That only works in a very small area, basically only allowing you to hold your hands out weirdly in the air above your keyboard in a half meter cube... Yeah sure. Great device. Works good enought for computer interfacing but so does the kinect, and why would you want to use hand motion in front of your desktop anyway.

So nearly at the second generation of the hardware. Wonder when the software (games) will catch up.

I've had my kinect since launch day and I can count on one hand the number of passable games.

Cool, but I hope Microsoft will buy Leap Motion, and use that technology to further improve Kinect. Anyone seen the demo video yet?

Two different devices based on similar technology with different purposes (different postitions relative to the screen and the user) so an acquisition will not be necessary. Kinect for Windows is very precise close by as much as the Leap Motion device (though I do like the Leap Motion's simple design).

Thief000 said,

Two different devices based on similar technology with different purposes (different postitions relative to the screen and the user) so an acquisition will not be necessary. Kinect for Windows is very precise close by as much as the Leap Motion device (though I do like the Leap Motion's simple design).


have them both. best of both worlds.

If it only gets played at parties, it's not a bad thing. I have Kinect. Bought it when it first released. It gets played at parties because I mostly use it for Dance Central. HOWEVER, I use it often because I lose my XBOX remote A LOT.

Honestly, I understand why MS is so obsessed with this technology. If you have half a brain it is clear that this type of technology has so many uses. Gaming is really just the tip of the iceberg.

Yes, i love to play using Kinect.
The only worry is, will they change their hardware or we can through an update (may be paid).
As per my info, the hardware will remain same, only the software will get an update.
Anybody have updated info on it.

I believe the main limitation for Kinect was actually the USB2 interface and the limited bandwidth it has. I believe Microsoft even said that the original Kinect's accuracy could be increased via a software update that enabled compression or something.
If any of that is true, then just switching to USB3 could have a big impact.

Kushan said,
I believe the main limitation for Kinect was actually the USB2 interface and the limited bandwidth it has. I believe Microsoft even said that the original Kinect's accuracy could be increased via a software update that enabled compression or something.
If any of that is true, then just switching to USB3 could have a big impact.

Correct, but the sensor itself was limited in resolution and could not discern e.g. fingers. If you look at a windows dev kit for example and you stand at the recommended distance for the xbox version, you still cannot do that because the IR emitter disperses the beams at a much wider angle (lower resolution at longer distance) than what can be seen in this image. I hope it is real and that the facial recognition software is improved as well. That could mean a night and day difference as an interface device between the first and the second generation and could offer alot more possibilities.

This is awesome, I already have a kinect and its really awesome for just generally operating the 360. If this is compatible with the PC then I will definitely be upgrading