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.
There is also a greate demand placed on the 360 console by Kinect, as it is largely responsible for a great portion of the computing required to interact with players bodies in three dimensional space. For this reason, the graphics of the game are rendered in a way much simpler to standards expected on 360. This concession becomes necessary to facilitate for better motion interpretation in Kinect. Games like Playstation Move were created from existing technology, however Kinect was developed from scratch and makes use of a lot of new and complex technology for its both its software and hardware.
Setting up Kinect
The installation procedures for Kinect is straightforward, the newer slim 360 hardware requires just one connection, while older 360 systems requires one connection to a wall power socket and another connection to the USB port on the system.
For first use, Kinect notifies users that it has to make an update to their 360 system which is done very quickly and takes just about two minutes. The hardware requires placement on a stable surface which is between two to six feet from the floor, if the placement is done properly, the hardware displays a green otherwise it will show a warning red light. Before going into play mode first time, the system will also make some background checks to ensure the noise and sound levels in the environment are at the right level. Next the game takes a few extra minutes to get the player calibrated and that’s it. The installation is complete.