If you’re a Kinect lover you may already be familiar with last week’s Twitter leak from @superDaE. The tweet leak consisted of this alleged Kinect 2 photo which shows two individuals playing with the new hardware. If we assume this picture is legitimate, then the picture is a depth map image of the Kinect 2 being used on the next generation Xbox (also known as Xbox 720, Durango and Xbox Infinity).
Although Microsoft confirms nothing, @superDaE’s photo shows a Kinect 2 with improved depth support and sensors. According to the image, scales of measurement are shaded to better exhibit the distance of people from the Kinect 2 sensor. This allows for the Kinect 2 to identify things like fingers and the shape of clothing, something the previous Kinect could not do. The Kinect 2 has also been rumored to improve voice recognition, accuracy, stereo imaging, and support up to four players. If this leaked photo is giving us insight into the upcoming Kinect, these sensory improvements would rectify the quality of Kinect games and revitalize Kinect sales.
Again, although Microsoft has announced/confirmed nothing, the Kinect 2 is allegedly going to be bundled with the next-gen Xbox. Speaking of the next-gen Xbox, apparently the same @superDaE attempted to Ebay auction the Xbox Durango Development Kit for $20,000 dollars when his sale fell through. Now, the vaguely described dev kit is back on sale with a current bid of $15,000.
The upcoming Xbox is rumored to house: Microsoft’s custom processor based on ARM architecture, Bluray, 1080p with 3D support, Smartglass, new Kinect hardware compatible with Kinect virtual glasses, and a patented virtual reality helmet. Photos of a smaller, slimmer, sleeker Xbox have also circulated. The new Xbox has many suspected names, but if those listed improvements are true it may earn the moniker Entertainment Emperor of the Living Room. A price of $299 has been reported and Xbox 720 hopefuls have their fingers crossed for a 2013 release.