It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Kinect sensor needs work. If you used it, then you know what we’re talking about. Ultimately, it lacks the accuracy and responsiveness that one would expect to make it a true gaming peripheral that can be used regardless of the game’s genre. And then we can’t help but look at Leap Motion‘s offering, and it’s quite evident where things are heading.
That being said, additional details about the Kinect 2 leaked out today. And by additional details, we mean this screenshot, which seems to indicate that Microsoft is testing not just improved accuracy, stereo imaging, improved voice recognition, support for four player tracking, but increased depth and movement data. You can also expect the camera’s hardware to be improved, which means better optics and perhaps even dedicated hardware processing.
Sure, it’s by no accounts surprising news, especially when you consider the current iteration of the Kinect. In terms of a release date that’s still a big unknown. However, extensive documents did leak out in June detailing the next Xbox 360, which should be called the Xbox 720. A dev kit with the code name Durango has already surfaced, and indicates that a Blu-ray player will be included in Microsoft’s next gaming console, updated processing power, and a Windows 8 backed platform that should negate any other set top box in your living room. It’s not clear if the purported $299 price tag will include the Kinect 2, but historically speaking it’s unlikely.