Microsoft’s Kinect device was launched to the world last December and there is now talk of what the new version will be like. Well, in a strange turn of events, we have been informed that Kinect 2 is already in use on Kinect Sports: Season 2. You might wonder how we did we not hear about it, and why there is no new sensor bar? Well the answer is simple really, as it is all about the software and not hardware anymore.
BeefJack says that during a recent discussing at Develop 2011 with a couple of guys from Rare, they stated that all the new upgrades for Kinect will be software, as the hard work has already been done. The sensor bar is being upgraded all the time; we just do not know it. This is much the same how smartphones work, as there can be a number of improvements made just by releasing new firmware.
When Kinect first came onto the scene there were a number of errors, but now Rare was able to apple more layers to solve these issues. There were some games that were a bit difficult to get right, but these recent updates means that they can now be applied to games such as Kinect Sports: Season 2, as the first one had issues with games like golf. This was a little annoying, as is one of our favorites.
Those who play golf for real know that it is all in the swing, so this latest update has now improved how it measures your body while taking a swing. This was never a factor when playing golf on Wii Sports, but we are glad that it is on this new game for the Xbox 360. Other games that will benefit from this update, which improves how it measures depth is darts, as the sensor needs to know how close your hand is to your face before you take that shot.
Kinect is still in its early stages, but other improvement such as voice control will now make games more interesting. Now you will be able to speak your command to a character on certain games, and they should obey that command. I do hope that it is better than the system used on my iPhone 4, because that is shocking?
On Kinect Sports: Season 2, there are now 300 voice commands; just imagine if they did a Kinect version of Modern Warfare 3 – not sure your neighbors will like it when you are shouting out commands. There is still so much more to come, and these latest updates are just the start.