Next Xbox leak reveals Kinect 2 specs

Next Xbox leak reveals Kinect 2 specs
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

February 20th 2013 at 3:10PM

Increased field of view and higher depth range to allow up to six users playing at once, claims report

The specs for the new Kinect on Microsoft's next Xbox have been leaked, according to a report.

VGleaks has claimed that Kinect 2 will feature higher depth accuracy and an increased field of view to allow play in larger spaces and differing room sizes.

The motion sensing peripheral now possesses a 70-degree horizontal and 60-degree vertical field of view, compared to 57.6 and 43.5 on the current iteration.

Kinect 2 can also see at a depth range of 0.8m to 4m, similar to the original hardware.

This increased vision backs up previous reports that suggested up to six players could now use Kinect at once.

No tilt motor will be included with the new device, which will instead apparently rely on its wider field of view to capture enough visible space.

The sensor meanwhile is also said to be able to return a full HD resolution colour stream at 30 frames per second, compared to just 15fps on lower resolutions on the current Kinect.

Other new features include better skeleton tracking, with options for seated and standing players, recognition of whether hands are opened or closed, and the detection of extra joints in the body.

You can find the all the leaked specs below.

Kinect 2 specs

Field of View: 70˚ horizontal by 60˚ vertical
Resolvable Depth: 0.8 m -> 4.0 m
Colour Stream: 1920 x 1080 x 16 bpp 16:9 YUY2 @ 30 fps
Depth Stream: 512 x 424 x 16 bpp, 13-bit depth
Infrared Stream: 512 x 424, 11-bit dynamic range
Registration: Colour <-> depth and active IR
Audio Capture: 4-mic array returning 48K Hz audio
Data Path: USB 3.0
Latency: ~60 ms with processing
Tilt Motor: No tilt motor

Original Kinect specs

Field of View: 57.5˚ horizontal by 43.5˚ vertical
Resolvable Depth: 0.8 m -> 4.0 m
Colour Stream: 640 x 480 x 24 bpp 4:3 RGB @ 30fps640 x 480 x 16 bpp 4:3 YUV @ 15fps
Depth Stream: 320 x 240 16 bpp, 13-bit depth
Infrared Stream: No IR stream
Registration: Color <-> depth
Audio Capture: 4-mic array returning 48 Hz audio
Data Path: USB 2.0
Latency: ~90 ms with processing
Tilt Motor: Vertical only

Kinect is set to play a prominent part in Microsoft's next Xbox console, with Durango ebay seller SuperDaE recently claiming that Kinect functionality will be required to run the next Xbox.

SuperDaE also claimed that as well as improved tracking, the new Kinect hardware would also be able to track thumbs and read facial expressions.