By Tim Frederick | Aug 11, 2012 10:16 AM EDT
An image supposedly showing the new recognition capability of the Kinect 2 has popped up on Twitter, courtesy of @superDaE.
DaE has a history with the Durango Xbox 720 development kit, which gives some legitimacy to the image. Back in July he (jokingly, according to him) offered to sell his Durango for $10,000 on the game development forums of Assembler Games (he was subsequently banned). And while some thought the post was nothing but a hoax, it was later confirmed through several sources with knowledge of the Durango that his Durango images were legitimate.
The new image leak shows off some of the improved capabilities of the Kinect 2. Firstly, there is better tracking of multiple people at the same time, which is evident in the image. Depth of field appears greatly improved, clothing, particularly the user's shirts are getting tracked with much greater detail, and the most striking aspect of the image are the individual fingers being tracked in front of the left user's chest.
Improved capabilities such as those shown in the image will hopefully lead to improved Kinect games, with better control and more interesting functioning. Despite its sales and popularity, there really wasn't a whole lot to get excited about amongst the core gaming crowd with the original Kinect. It never seemed to progress beyond the gimmicky stage into something that was truly worthwhile and enjoyable in anything greater than short bursts.
What do you think of the improved-looking Kinect 2? Will it lead to worthwhile games that will make you want to ditch the controller and shake your...well, whatever needs shaking? Or perhaps the Kinect already did? Share your thoughts on the Kinect 2 and motion control below.
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