Xbox One manual leak shows Kinect minimum distance down to 4.59 feet

Not everyone has a huge living room for watching TV or playing console games. Some homes or apartments have spaces that are much smaller for those activities. When Kinect was released in 2010, the add-on for the Xbox 360 had a minimum distance between the sensor and the user of between 6 to 8 feet, which meant many living rooms without a lot of square footage could not use the device.

That distance has apparently been cut down quite a bit for the next generation Kinect hardware, which is included in all Xbox One consoles. In a leaked Brazilian setup manual for the hardware that was found by a NeoGAF member, it shows the minimal distance for the Kinect to work in a space has been cut down to 1.4 meters, or 4.59 feet. That should allow the sensor to work in much more compact spaces.

The same manual shows that the the minimum height for the new Kinect is 0.6 meters (about 1.9 feet) and the maximum height for the sensor is 1.8 meters (about 5.9 feet). While this manual leak seems to be authentic, we have contacted Microsoft to confirm that these figures are correct.

Source: NeoGAF | Image via Microsoft

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My living room is a rectangle, along the back (longer) wall I have the dvd racks, and the couch pulled away in front just enough so I can get to the dvd's.

Even with the Nyko adaptor on the original Kinect, I didn't really have enough room to use it, so I pretty took it off / left it off.

What concerns me about the diagram, however I'm unsure if this applies to the 2nd Gen Kinect, the original kinect distance required is less if you put it above your tv / on top by about a foot.

If it was at the base of the tv, would required an additional 5-6 feet again?

I know the kinect does poorly in japan due to the common (small size) of the housing situation.

Spicoli said,
Wouldn't that lack of XBoxes be the main issue in Japan?

Low sales in Japan were an issue (multiple factor's), the ones that had xbox360 and kinect in japan, room size impacted kinect adoption.

4.5 feet for one person. I don't know that single player was ever a real issue for most people, it was when you wanted to have two people playing at once that you needed something like 12 feet of space.

I honestly with they had made it with a standard connector so I could hide the wiring in the wall -- it's seriously annoying that when you have a totally hidden setup, that you now have to have an ugly wiring showing because there's no HDMI hookup or something that would drive it (HDMI supports ethernet too!).

Mine is completely hidden. Just drill a hole behind it and run the wire through. It sits on a wall mount bracket. You might be able to splice in some kind of connector if you want to be able to unplug it. I'm not sure what's in the cable.

If I remember right, I think I heard some Microsoft XBOX person say that they were working on an extension cable for people who like to keep their boxes in a cabinet at a distance from the Kinect. So soon you might be able to make a wall mount bracket connector with some simple tools.

Still not enough space in front of my TV for one then.

(It is a fairly small room though. Perhaps not that odd for a 1960's British house, but probably smaller than more modern homes.)

EvilAstroboy said,
Do you live in a Prison cell ?

British houses are very small, especially these days (due to the lack of land available).

EvilAstroboy said,
Do you live in a Prison cell ?

Not quite. The room is about 4-5m square, with a fireplace and chimney breast in it (which limits the ways furniture can go). With chairs and a TV, there is barely enough space for motion control. So the Kinect requirements would leave about a one foot space in front of the chair... and multiplayer is definitely out.

Another way to put it is... the PS Move struggles. And that's designed for small rooms.