Kinect offers a highly interactive experience that most gamers are going to find deeply engaging. The hardware powers up immediately the system is switched on and takes a quick inventory of what the player looks like and assess the amount of space available in his immediate environment, then its game ready.
The Kinect hardware comes with a digital camera and an IR projector with depth sensors which enable it to see even if the room is darkened. Kinect also makes use of four microphones in addition to an audio process that enables it to capture voices from different angles in a room and also eliminate surrounding noise in the environment. There is also a motor base which allows the hardware to move around and track the movement of individual players in a room.
In creating Kinect, Microsoft also developed specific software to get the hardware to function the way it presently does. The hardware also has its own unique processors and relies on actual power to work. To balance this, Microsoft has created a unique adapter for the new slim 360 hardware which delivers more power to USB hubs. Older systems require that Kinect has to be plugged directly into a wall socket in addition to any USB port on the 360 system.