Post by Eorl @ 02:08pm 03/10/13 | 4 Comments
Microsoft has offered up two new videos demonstrating the brains behind their second generation Kinect camera that will be bundled alongside the Xbox One next-gen console come November 22nd.
The first video takes a look at the technical side of the camera and what images it is able to capture. The camera has the ability to project images in several different modes: the 3D view that measures minute details like distance and depth, a 2D coloured camera that is designed specifically for video applications like Game DVR commentary and Skype, and a low-light IR camera that offers a clear picture while compensating for the lack of lighting in the room.
Demonstrations of these camera modes have been around for awhile now, with myself and several other hundred people getting a glimpse at Australia's first PAX event earlier this year which showed off the three different modes displayed in the first video.
With all this optical data comes the different methods in which the Xbox One camera will process the imagery, which you can find in the second video. Kinect 2.0 features a significantly more detailed skeleton in stick-figure form, enabling developers and users to see limb rotations and even muscle pressure. Colours variations that are not seen naturally by the human eye can also be read by Kinect, translating to the camera monitoring someone's heartbeat and pulse. The Kinect brain is also able to differentiate between two people talking at the same time, hopefully stopping anyone else yelling "Xbox, shut down."
While the initial reveal of Kinect 2.0 came with some controversy, requiring users to have the camera connected at all times to operate the Xbox One, developers are starting to showcase just how influential this new generation camera could be to game development. With games like Dead Rising 3 offering the chance to create an audiovent in the room to attract zombies by yelling or screaming, the potential for this powerful device is definitely something many should be eager for.
Xbox One and its Kinect 2.0 camera will be available on November 22nd in Australia and across 12 other countries including New Zealand and North America.