Kinect 2 Specs Leaked Ahead of PlayStation 4 Announcement

By Vamien McKalin email: | Feb 20, 2013 04:39 PM EST

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Just hours before the Sony event expected to showcase the PlayStation 4, information about Kinect 2 for the Xbox 720 leaked out on the Internet. If the leaked specs prove to be accurate, playing with Kinect might finally be a fun activity.

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The first Kinect sensor launched back in 2010, and proved to be a quick success after Microsoft managed to sell 8 million units in 60 days. To date, Kinect has sold 24 million copies, probably a lot more than Microsoft expected. With success guaranteed by high sales, another version of the motion gaming peripheral was destined to make headway.

The following leaked information comes from VGA Leaks, which succeeded on getting its hands on detailed documents about the next version of Kinect, or Kinect 2 if you will.


Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor

Durango Sensor

Field of View (FOV)

57.5˚ horizontal by 43.5˚ vertical

70˚ horizontal by 60˚ vertical

Resolvable Depth

0.8 m -> 4.0 m

0.8 m -> 4.0 m

Color Stream

640 x 480 x 24 bpp 4:3 RGB @ 30fps640 x 480 x 16 bpp 4:3 YUV @ 15fps

1920 x 1080 x 16 bpp 16:9 YUY2 @ 30 fps

Depth Stream

320 x 240 16 bpp, 13-bit depth

512 x 424 x 16 bpp, 13-bit depth

Infrared (IR) Stream

No IR stream

512 x 424, 11-bit dynamic range


Color <-> depth

Color <-> depth and active IR

Audio Capture

4-mic array returning 48 Hz audio

4-mic array returning 48K Hz audio

Data Path

USB 2.0

USB 3.0


~90 ms with processing

~60 ms with processing

Tilt Motor

Vertical only

No tilt motor

If the above information is real, then Kinect 2 could finally be able to deliver on the promises of its predecessor.

The report also claims the device will have a similar design compared to the first, although Kinect 2 will feature is own processor, which should greatly improve performance. There's also an improved sensor that can allow up to 6 players at the same time.

The timing of the leak is very curious, with the PlayStation 4 announcement just hours away. We doubt Kinect 2.0 possesses the strength to draw people's interest away from the PS4, so for now, take this with a big barrel of salt.

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