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[EG] Source: MS quadrupling Kinect accuracy

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Kinect features are dictated by firmware so that they can be added and upgraded over time.

The depth sensor used by Kinect is also dictated by firmware – it is currently set at a 30 frames per second limit and a 320x240 resolution limit.

At a 640x480 resolution, however, Kinect could begin to detect fingers and hand rotation – an effective quadrupling of its accuracy.

The issue relates to the USB controller interface, Eurogamer was told. It is capable of around 35MB/s, but it only uses around 15/16MB/s.
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Figured it was a software thing they're specifically talking about, but it also has to do with gaming hardware, so it could fit in any section. Move if necessary.
    
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Wait, people are paying like $200 for a 640x480 Webcam with some fancy software for their Xbox? I thought the camera was 720p HD 30fps...
    
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Wait, people are paying like $200 for a 640x480 Webcam with some fancy software for their Xbox? I thought the camera was 720p HD 30fps...
You're trying to hard.
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Wait, people are paying like $200 for a 640x480 Webcam with some fancy software for their Xbox? I thought the camera was 720p HD 30fps...
Hardware is a commodity. You are almost always paying for the software. (ie a $60 game being produced on a $1 disc)
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Well if this helps, then awesome!
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four cameras that are limited by software.

The cameras themselves are probably HD.
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It's not even USB 3.0!
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It's not even USB 3.0!
Why would it be? The 360 was released years before USB 3.0 was mentioned, let alone anyone considering a need for USB 3.0 on a console that would only use those ports for a controller.
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It's not even USB 3.0!
Well, I'm sure USB 3.0 wasn't even announced back in 2005 when the 360 originally launched. So, they didn't have much choice. Either alienate all users of the older 360s and have a better camera, or don't alienate anyone and have an okay camera that just needs some firmware updates to be up to par.

Edit: Slow typer I am.
    
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It's not even USB 3.0!
*GASP* Its officially obsolete as of the above posting.
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