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The original Kinect sensor

Kinect (known in development as Project Natal) is a motion sensing input device made for the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PCs. It enables users to control and interact with the console or machine without the need of a controller, keyboard or mouse by using spoken-voice commands or physical gestures. The Kinect was created to compete with the Nintendo Wii's Motion Plus and Playstation's Playstation Move.

The Kinect was released for the Xbox 360 on November 4 2010 and then released for Windows on February 1 2012.

The device claimed the Guiness World Record for "fastest selling consumer electronic device", after selling over 8 million units in the fist 60 days of release.

Kinect 2.0 (Xbox One)


Kinect 2.0 for Xbox One

All Xbox One consoles will be shipped with a new and updated version of Kinect. The new device has a 1080p camera and processes 2 gigbits of data per second to read the enviroment. The new Kinect has greater accuracy with three times fidelity of the previous 1.0. It even has the abilty to see in the dark, thanks to a new IR sensor. It has a 60% wider field of vision; which can detect the user up to 3 feet from the sensor. It will also have the ability to detect six players at once. The new device can also detect the players heart rate, facial expression, 25 joints (including thumbs) and the precise rotation of such joints. In early 2013, the Xbox One was said to require the Kinect 2.0 to be connected at all times to operate. However, due to a large amount of critisim, Microsoft later decided to change this policy.

In 2017, Microsoft announced that the Kinect would be discontinued. Refurbished Kinects can still be purchased from the Microsoft Store.