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The centerpiece of any fantastic live-streaming setup requires finding the best webcam possible. But unfortunately, most computers come with shoddy webcams that are grainy, unstable, and of low quality. For whatever your visual purposes, getting your hands on the right webcam is vital to success and enjoyment. And many don’t realize that that perfect webcam may already be in your possession. If you own an Xbox 360, stick around as we explain how to use the Kinect as a webcam.
And don’t fret if you aren’t an Xbox owner because we have many similar articles, like how to use a GoPro as a webcam.
Streamers can download an additional plugin to use their Kinect as a camera on the Twitch platform.
Knowing how to use a webcam of any type requires some technical knowledge. And setting up a Kinect is no different. By introducing Kinect SDK, Microsoft allowed computer owners to hook up their gaming cams and expanded their use into other means, like webcams. And for a good reason. The Xbox 360 Kinect is a tremendous high-resolution webcam that works with most major video conferencing apps.
Unfortunately, the SDK software development kit is only available on Windows OS. But we have many other resources that cover a range of products. For example, we have a helpful guide on how to use a phone as a webcam. And more specifically, Apple users can check out our guide on how to use an iPhone as a webcam.
Because the standard Kinect cable isn’t compatible with a USB port, you’ll need to purchase a special adapter. It’s called the Microsoft Kinect v2 Sensor, which allows you to convert to a USB cable connection.
Go to the Microsoft website and find the page with the “Kinect for Windows SDK” software download. Then, look through the system requirements to ensure your computer has the proper memory storage, processor, and graphics adaptor to support the software.
Read through the installation instructions to ensure your computer is ready for download. After confirming, install the Kinect SDK 2.0. Ensure the Kinect is not plugged into your computer while downloading.
After the download is complete, plug in your Xbox Kinect. Doing this will install the drivers on your computer. Go into your start menu. Then search for and open the device manager. There should be an option for “Kinect sensor devices.” Open the drop-down, right-click on the Kinect driver, and press “Update Driver.” After completing any updates, reboot your computer.
Type “Kinect” into your start menu and open the “SDK Browser v2.0.” Find “Kinect Configuration Verifier” in the new window and press “Run.” This will let you know if there are any webcam issues.
Bring up an app for video calls. The app may recognize your computer’s built-in camera as the default. Enter into the app’s settings to switch the default camera to Kinect.
Kinect SDK will only work with the Windows OS.
STAT: The Kinect device comes with 1080p HD resolution. (source)