It seems as though the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect has not gone as well as planned. Microsoft had hoped that the Kinect event would go off without any hitches, but there have been some reports that Microsoft’s Kinect is racist.
According to several reports, dark-skinned gamers were having issues getting the face-recognition features to work, but this has since been refuted profoundly, with others suggesting the problem lies with low-level lighting.
Consumer Reports say that they did their own test of Kinect, and did not encounter the issue at first, but the new accusations reminded them of a “racist” HP laptop, so they tested it again.
The test consisted of players with different skin tones and varied light levels. The results they found was indeed connected with low light levels and not directly to players skin tone. Kinect found players when using light usually found within a living room setting, but did not with the lights dimmed. A more in depth review of this can be found via Consumer Reviews. You can also check out a video at the bottom of this article that shows the tests.
So there we have it folks, Kinect is not a racist machine, but you may have to turn up them lights or simply switch out of your energy savers whilst playing.
Source: Consumer Reports