Next-gen Kinect specs supposedly revealed, indicate healthy upgrade

Much to Microsoft’s dismay, it looks like many of the next-gen Xbox specs have leaked over the past few weeks. One item that we have not heard much detail about, but will likely play big part in Microsoft’s future, is Kinect 2.0.

VGleaks, who has been dishing out details for both the PS4 and next gen Xbox, have posted up what are supposedly the specs of the device. Now, Kinect 2.0 is only a holding name at this point and some rumors have suggested that it will come bundled with the next Xbox. If you are curious about how Microsoft will improve upon the Kinect in the next generation, we have posted the specs of the device below, with the current Kinect on the left and the next-gen Xbox Kinect on the right.

The image above gives a breakdown of the old versus the new and it highlights a couple key features including an improved horizontal and vertical view, improved color-streaming capabilities, infrared stream, improved latency and that the new Kinect supposedly uses USB 3.0.

If you have the Kinect 1.0, you will know that there is a motor in the device that allows it to tilt up and down. Because of the increased field of view on the Kinect 2.0, it looks like Microsoft has opted to remove the motor to save money and make the device possibly more compact.

While Sony is likely set to announce the PS4 later today, Microsoft has still not given any official word as to when it will show off its next-generation console. 

Source: VGleaks | Image via VGleaks

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I wish the far end of the resolvable depth had increased. I have to stand right where my coffee table is now in order for the thing to see me.

With nearly 3 times the depth resolution and 1/3 less latency it should have much improved tracking, although they really need to get the latency down closer to the 30ms range before it'll be good for any kind of real gaming...

Jose_49 said,
No tilting?

Wouldn't that be problematic.... ?

The Tilting of the device helped a lot!

That's the reason they increase the FOV. no need to tilt anymore to cover the area

Didn't Microsoft release a revision of the Kinect with a lower minimum space than the original a while back? My understanding is that the issues with the original release have largely been resolved.

They should really start looking at taking the Metro UI of Windows 8, and integrating Kinect support into it. That would be epic.

rumors are they're working on making it small enough to be integrated into the webcam. they also have to deal with the closer proximity that comes from a laptop. it's a trickier thing to implement than it appears.

sweatshopking said,
rumors are they're working on making it small enough to be integrated into the webcam. they also have to deal with the closer proximity that comes from a laptop. it's a trickier thing to implement than it appears.

I think they should use the right technology for the right situation. Make an interface that can work with Leap for the desktop/laptop scenario and Kinect for the Living room/conference room instead of trying to shoehorn the same solution into every scenario. Hell they could buy Leap and then integrate it into the core of the OS so every app could take advantage of it including some cool gaming tech.

Drewidian said,

I think they should use the right technology for the right situation. Make an interface that can work with Leap for the desktop/laptop scenario and Kinect for the Living room/conference room instead of trying to shoehorn the same solution into every scenario. Hell they could buy Leap and then integrate it into the core of the OS so every app could take advantage of it including some cool gaming tech.


So like how a replicator and a holodeck are the same technology but you don't reserve a holodeck for a cup of tea?

Or like how Valve wants to plug a gamepad into a PC into a TV?