Xbox One Kinect 2.0 extension cable

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 22, 2013

One issue we have found with the new Xbox One is to do with availability of a Kinect 2.0 extension cable, and this is something we need for our 180-inch screen in a cinema room but after thinking our situation was unique, it seems a lot of gamers have this problem for a number of reasons.

The Microsoft Xbox One Kinect 2.0 extension cable isn’t available at the time of writing, although there is hope of a 3rd party accessory or lead releasing in the near future that can deliver an extension of over 20-30 ft.

When it comes to projectors, a lot of the time all electronics like the Xbox One are stored at the back of a large room and the Kinect 2.0 sensor needs to be at the front along with the screen, so in this situation it is a big problem without a Kinect 2.0 extension cable. The connection isn’t USB 3.0 like some people thought it would be, so thanks to a proprietary cable you will need to seek something more specialist.


You can see the Kinect 2.0 port on the back of an Xbox One above, so as you can see it is far from anything USB related but we do have hope of an accessory maker tapping this market in the near future.

Demand for an Xbox One Kinect 2.0 extension cable – as we explained above, we thought the need for a very long Kinect 2.0 extension cable around 30 ft was unique to us but this seems to be far from the truth.

You can see one forum thread right here that reveals a lot of people have setups for their new Xbox One that require an extension cable for Kinect 2.0, and considering the new features like voice control it’s something you would rather have than leave the sensor in the box.

We noticed a few people with projector rooms just like us looking for the Xbox One Kinect 2.0 extension cable, and also a lot of gamers have certain rooms where the console will be put a long way from their HDTV, so this means an extension cable of up to 30 ft is needed just like in our situation.

Do you need an Xbox One Kinect 2.0 extension cable? If so, explain your situation in the comments and we will update this article when an accessory becomes available. It is worth noting the included lead is pretty long at around 10 feet, although not long enough for some people and this means Microsoft or a 3rd party need to offer a solution to remedy this issue.

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  • Edwin Engelen

    I’ve got a setup with a projector too. The kinect cable is two meters short. The extension cable of Calibur11 seems not to be available anymore. Maybe there is someone who has a cable but doesn’t use it anymore?

  • Beverly Reyes

    TV is far away from Xbox w/ new home theater setup. Also, cat chewed up the cable a bit, so would be nice if the cable was separate from the hardware.

  • turo387

    Projector here..still waiting. 25ft would be great, don’t care about latency to games either…

  • I have a projector setup, xbox is at least 15 feet away from the front of the room… really annoyed the cable end is proprietary or i’d use a Cat 5e to USB converter!

  • Tony

    I really need to extend my xbox one kinect cable, any ideas for 2015?

    • Beverly Reyes

      I’m thinking of just cutting the cable open and wiring an extension based on the number of wires and gauge. Since I’ll put it in a wire cover, it doesn’t matter if it looks funky.

  • William LaHay

    Would CAT6 not support the bandwidth requirements of the Kinect 2? USB 3 (in theory) can support 5 Gb/s, as can CAT6. I too am in desperate need of an option to extend the distance of my Kinect cable. All of my equipment is located in a media cabinet in the basement (roughly a 30 foot run) with a plethora of CAT6 runs available. The Kinect is really what makes the Xbox One stand out, and without it you really are giving up a bunch of functionality. Seems to me that Microsoft really didn’t think this one through as there a large number of customers out there who do not, or cannot locate the console next to their display.

    • It should, at least with a powered converter. The problem is that damn proprietary plug on the back ugh.

  • Redstang93

    Buy the Xbox Kinect for windows adapter and use an active 3.0 USB. All functions work minus the IR signal on the Kinect used to turn on TV, etc. To fix this, just get an IR blaster and plug into the Xbox. Works great and finally a solution to the problem.

    • Justin Bird

      Can you please help me understand your solution?
      1) I plug the Kinect into the adaptor.
      2) I plug in the adaptor to female end of an active USB 3.0 female-to-male extension cord.
      3) Plug the USB 3.0 male into the Xbox One USB 3.0 slot?
      And the Xbox will recognize the signal as if it were plugged into the Kinect port (minus the IR piece)?

    • Nick

      I liked this idea and went for it. It failed. I can connect with this setup directly to the xbox however it fails going through a powered cable matters 10 m usb 3 active extender. Did you actually get this to work with a specific product or is this just a theory.

  • Neil

    Though this does not solve my problem, I just found this on Amazon, and is on sale from the 31st October.

    It is only 2 metres, so wonder how many can be daisy chained before latency is affected.

  • Neil

    I am not an xbox one owner yet, but have 360. My xbox is in a room above the room with tv and kinect. I was not able to feed a usb cable through my tunnel in the wall (no space and already plastered over and expensive wall paper on top, so no immediate option to open it up), but did have a spare cat 5 cable.

    I was able to use this to get my kinect 1 working, by using a usb 2 to cat 5 convertor. I have seen the new connector for kinect 2, and so my current solution would not work. So would be interested in a solution for when I do purchase a xbox one. Though if I do then will most likely buy without the kinect, until there is a solution

  • Dinlo

    I’m have been waiting for this cable as well!!!!!

  • ruxpin

    Really disappointed with Microsoft. Kinect was compulsory to purchase yet mine is still sat in box as I don’t wish to have cables trailing across my lounge floor nor rearrange furniture around a games console. Is there ever going to be an official response which differs from move your furniture?

  • DaRickmeister

    I’m still waiting for extention cable, my AV closet is a across my room 20ft from TV. I don’t mind seeing xbox one under my TV, but my wife is another story. Worse part she keeps asking me where is the cable, like I have any control for this.

  • Joe

    Still waiting on the Xbox One extension cable. I have a movie room and everything is in the back except for my xbox one which has to sit in the front for the Kinect. I then have 50 foot HDMI cables running back to my receiver. this is less then ideal as it puts my xbox one in the line of fire when people are jumping around.

  • BMurdoch

    Still waiting on an Xbone Kinect extension cable. It’s been 10 months folks. C’mon already. Or have you completely abandoned the Kinect? I still use mine, especially for voice controls when watching media content. Hey, I don’t mind out of favor tech. I watched an HD DVD of Casablanca on the standalone player that is still attached to my XBox 360 in my stack….

  • tdogdfw

    I’ve got a home theater with equipment in a closet in a different room. Would like to use the XBOX One in the closet with and HDMI matrix switch to use games anywhere in the house, but obviously the Kinect would be in only one room… the theater room.

  • Maxx Delusional

    Add me to this list. I have a projector, and I need at least 30 feet. A regular USB extension cable worked great for the 360.

  • Texas Daddy

    My Kinect is actually close to my old xBox 360, but to hide the wire, the factory cable is just too short.
    I have a 55″ Sony 3D TV mounted above the Fireplace. All my wires go into the wall, around the chimney, and then come back out of the wall to the built-in bookcase.
    This is where my Yamaha Surround Sound Receiver, Cable Box, and old xBox 360 are located.
    They are technically only a few feet from the Kinect, but who wants unsightly wires running across their mantle and then along the wall. I need at least another 10′ (15′ would be better).
    This is a fairly common configuration to have built-in book cases (with bottom cabinets) along both sides of a Fireplace to fill in the entire wall of our Living Room.

  • Graal

    I have a system where the kinnect and HDMI cables have to go through a duct to come out behind the TV. I need at least 15-feet

  • Kevin

    ditto, home theater av box is no where near the wall that my screen is on

  • Conan

    Yep me too

  • Coban

    i need too

  • John Collins

    Have a media room with everything in the back of the room with the Kinect just sitting on top waiting for a longer cable. Really frustrated with the situation. At least the first Kinect I was able to plug in and use an USB extension cable.

  • colin c

    I need an extension cable for my media room or Im going to sell my Xbox One for a PS4. Cant believe this is not already available!

  • Jason Thomas Carter

    I set up my xbox in the basement and have the cables run up through the wall to my TV in the living room. I had an extension cable for my Kinect on 360, but I need one for my xbox one. I’m considering getting a new piece of furniture to house my xbox because I don’t have an extension cable.

  • ElectronicYoda

    I also have distance issues. A longer cord would be excellent.

  • Starfighter

    I have purchased a 50 inch Panasonic Smart Tv I have alo a sound bar set up I have no room for my X-Box one kinnect I am so frustrated with Microsoft to not even consider the new technology age where tv’s are bigger, I was going to purchase a bracket for the top of my TV Only to discover it would be a waste of my Hard earned wage as the kinnect cable would not reach. AAH !! SO MAD 🙁

  • bjm

    I need one about 30ft long – the projector and the rest of the A/V equipment are in separate rooms… will have to stick with the 360 until this is worked out.

  • Brian Roos

    I need the cable. I will have the xbox one in a theater setup with a projector in my house. The short 9ft cable that comes with it is just too short.

  • Mike

    They sold this as the center of your media closet and then tell you to take it out of your media closet. This is just insane. 9 feet is nothing, 65″ TV you burn 3 feet just getting to the left or right edge of the tv add another 6-8 to get to a normal media closet (not even talking the real high end ones) and then 2-3 feet once inside the closet to wire it. They should have delivered this with a 20 foot cable and they would have solved 90%of the issues! then the last 10% who need 25 feet would turkey be a minority.

    This is very disappointing to me, I spend a thousand dollars on the console and games and can’t use the kinnect unless I but a table in front of my tv and then run hdmi cables back to me media center to plug in to sound and cable box.

    The fact that is has been out for almost 6 months and ere is still no sign of a cable is really pathetic.

  • Mike

    I need a 10 foot cable!!

  • Where is the cable. I’m about 30cm short of where I need to be. You’d think they would have thought about this before hand.

  • NYPhilsPhan

    Still no solution for those of us with media closets. This is getting kind of ridiculous. It is definitely a proprietary interface with both USB and power, so doesn’t seem to be any kind of work around.

  • kevshed

    Yup – my kit is all in a central rack that feeds the whole house…. i need about 30ft. Right now, i use the XBOne without kinect, which is fine – but a waste of money. I’d have bought a PS4 at the time, but their weren’t any 🙂

  • MaFuBa

    I really need such an extension…
    I have a huge Cinema room and all electronics are in the back of the room.
    I tried to bring the XBOX One to the front and used a 20m “one directional HDMI cable (200€)” to my AV Receiver but the picture then is badly delayed… 🙁
    So the Box need to be close to the AVR!
    Please give me an extention so I can use the XBone to its full potential…

  • pip keeling

    Just a thought what about a jumper each end say kinect to usb then we could use existing usb extensions it’s not rocket science????????

  • pip keeling

    I’m thinking of cutting the kinect lead and splicing an extended cable between the existing plugs has anyone tied this yet?

    • I would say this is a pretty safe bet, i was thinking about doing the same.

  • pip keeling

    I need a 2-3 meter extension as my 63 in tv is about 4 meters from where my xbox 360 ps3 and audio video amp are built into the adjacent wall. I’ll not buy the xbox one until I can solve this problem.

  • Quick

    I need a 60′ extension for my HT setup, need it soon as I am just finishing my wiring and will be running it in-wall…

  • Slim

    After reviewing some of the latest feedback on the Xbox One vs. PS4, I am getting close to closing the door on the XBOX forever as a gaming console. 2 1/2 months is more than enough time to have had an extension available, yet we all wait. Now I hear that the XBOX One technical specs have not prepared it for the true next gen of gaming. I will be reviewing the PS4 soon at my local Best Buy to see what its like. One thing I always liked about the XBOX was the feel of the controller. If the PS4 controller feels right, then the decision will be an easy one. I’m a gamer – I like to play games, not talk to them. If in the future If need help changing channels, maybe I’ll give the XBOX One another look.

    • Slim

      I checked out the PS4 at Best Buy. I did not like the controller at all. It is far too small and uncomfortable for long gaming sessions. Hopefully Microsoft gets their act together and gets this extension out ASAP. I am starting to think I may not buy either console at this rate.

    • If you’re looking for the door over a cable. Then you sir are probably stupid enough to qualify as a Playstation user.

  • darrell

    I have everything in a wiring closet and the 10ft will not reach. Will need 30-50′ at least.

  • tomfardon

    I’mm OK just now, but when I move into our AV room, we’ll need a 30 ft extension cable.

  • Running a projector, too. All equipment is ~25′ away from the screen. I need an extension for the first Kinect, I need it for the new one, too.

    However, I haven’t tried it yet – how does it work with very low lighting? I know the first Kinect had some issues with it.

    • fusion10395

      will work great dont worry man

  • Wylam28

    I need one too

  • Maraksot

    Like most everybody else here I have a home theater where all my electronic equipment is near the back of the room and there’s no way the 9 or 10 feet of cable that comes attached to the Kinect is going to make it. I need at least 10 more feet.

    • Put it at the front of the room and buy a long hdmi cable. idiot

  • Keggo

    Using a projector… Need one.

  • marklabelle870

    I need one at least 40′ for my theater room.

    • chardin

      Me too. Same scenario.

  • Robert Lougee

    Wall mounted TV over the fire place, media cabinet to the side. Need 30 feet more cable for the XB1 Kinect.

  • Ron

    Same issue. I need a 20′ cable for my theater room.

  • Jon Bushby

    Got an HD projector which is at the opposite side of the room to my Xbox one. Clearly anyone with a setup like this is not going to be able to use their kinect. Microsoft = fail.

  • Willie

    Converted my double garage into a cinema room with projector so still using xbox 360 until the extension comes out I need at least a15ft extension

  • Jason

    Wall mount TV over fire pace, so i have a media closet for everything. I’m tired of placing my expensive console on a bar stool just so it can reach the TV.. especially with a 7 year old running around the house. Hopefully something comes out soon.

  • What The Heck

    have a TV on a wall over a fireplace. All of my equipment is on the side of the large room and wires are run through the wall. Need close to a 25′ cable to get through walls to behind the tv…was at store money in hand to buy Xbox One…asked about cable and getting extension and none exists…so i said nvm…guess i will wait…was pretty bummed about it being it took me this long to get amped up about it enough to go drop the dough on it…and then didn’t even get it b/c microsoft is a bunch of idiots…how has no one come out with this yet…if first person could come out with it and advertise…everyone would buy it…

  • You’re Flat Out Homo

    I have a projector and i need an extension minimal of 10ft just to use it properly, i would need like 20-30 ft to have all the wires hidden away nicely. Would definitely but one as soon as available

  • Jared

    Add me to the list. Need an extension at least 20 feet.

  • Glenn Dalton

    Same as below. All my cables are routed through a wall. Once you go up down and around you find that 10′ is pretty darn short. Even with the Xbox near the TV it won’t make it. So everything looks great except for the ugly black Kinect cable draped across the wall.

    • Thats 10 feet of cable

  • Brandon

    I have all of my cables hidden in my wall. The Kinect cable is the only cable that is not hidden.

    • Aww poor baby, did you want mommy to come and cuddle you while you cry?

  • Trevor

    Yet another with the same problem. Almost done building my theater and even added a special shelf under the screen for stuff like the Kinect. The whole using a proprietary connector and not having an extension cable at launch is really annoying along with a lot of the other crap they half assed. I think my solution for now is going to be to use an HDMI extender and put the xbox closer to this shelf.

    • Worked out a solution. Smart man

  • Brian

    I would need one that can be extended through an HDMI. House is prewired and the TV is about 30feet from the xbox one in storage room. The only way to do it w/o tearing down walls is to have the extension go through and HDMI that I already have in the wall.

  • Ben

    I haven’t read every post, but why not press for a wireless kinect not much different than a controller? All this talk about longer cables is just a pain in the rear, ugly, and difficult for some to run.

    • Jesse

      three reasons: bandwidth, latency, interference…

  • Matt

    I’m in the same boat. Bought an xbox one today only to find out there is now way for me to get the kinect sensor where I need it. I’m returning it and getting a ps4. The kinect was the only reason the xbox won over the ps4. With out that, ps4 wins.

    • Lol there are heaps of reasons to buy an xbox over ps4, but you’re probably the type of stupid that belongs on ps4

  • Anthony Rallo

    Same here. Media cabinet behind the living room (so about 20-30 feet in wall. Used an extension on my original Kinect. My Xbox One is still in the box as a result. 🙁

    • You realise you could just put the kinect on the top of the boxand at least use voice.

  • ryan

    I need one as well. With many households putting their TV’s over their fireplace I am sure they all need an extension for the cable.

  • Travis JB

    Same. XboxOne in media closet and placement of kinect would be ~18 feet away when routing a wire through studs/wall… wireless not an option for me as I have no 110v near the screen, so really looking forward to a simple physical cable extender w/o balun… if it must pick up 110v, prefer it plug in on client side (xbox one side)

  • sarah carmack

    i need one also my equipment is behind my screen

  • drmike5000

    I also need one for a home theater system.

  • craig

    Add me to the list i had one for my xbox 360

  • Anthony M.

    I have a mancave with a projector and a 100″ screen, so add me to the list for people who need at least 40′ of cable.
    But how much is this cable worth?????
    Don’t forget that your time is money.
    With everyone making it such a huge deal through forums, I’m thinking all we’re doing is driving demand through the roof prior it’s existence.
    I hope that there will be a third party solution sooooon…..maybe even a wireless solution? Hint, hint Mad Catz or anyone else out there.(which I can’t believe didn’t happen, dare I say it? “Day one”)
    So I guess staying LOYAL to Microshaft will only cost us more in the “Long run”
    Is this our fault? Are we too impatient? Is it that our Media rooms are not set up “IDEAL” or is XBONE wanting their Kinect to be the center of attention minus a solution?
    I don’t want to see a Bad accessory released fast, it would be better to have the “IDEAL” solution happen in time so we can Kinect our XBOX to our home theaters and get $500 to meet our “Day One” expectations. So far it’s been all Buck and no Bang… 🙁
    The Gaming industry has become something that is now an adult community with a very adult cost, Microsoft needs to KEEP us happy, Loyalty can shift….

  • Jose

    I have a cinema room in the basement, and have an AV rack in the back left need at least 25 feet.

  • Shannon Fritz

    I’ve got a room 20′ long with the tv and xbox on opposite ends. I need to run the cable through the attic, so I need something about 35 feet to get there. until then, my kinect is all but useless!