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How To Set-Up Your Kinect

by Sean P. Aune | October 3, 2010October 3, 2010 11:00 am PST

This video was released this week by Microsoft to answer some of the questions people have had about the upcoming Kinect peripheral for the upcoming Xbox 360 console.  We’re thinking it may not have been the brightest of moves on their part.

While there has been a lot of talk about how the Kinect would work since its initial announcement back at E3, Microsoft has finally answered some of those questions in this newly released video, and … it looks to be somewhat annoying to be honest.

kinectAt first I was excited, and I even have one on order, but now seeing how sensitive it appears it is going to be, I’m having some second thoughts.  Take the floor for instance, they clearly state that the Kinect needs a clear line of vision to the floor, and you shouldn’t have anything on the floor.  Well, the TV I want to use this with has an ottoman right in front of it, and I really have no where else to move it without completely rearranging the room.  Sorry, but that isn’t in my plans for game playing.

As for uncluttered floor, the same thing that would cause problems here, would possibly cause problems with the audio, and that is the fact I have five dogs.  There is almost always a couple laying on the floor, and in their absence there is almost certainly a stuffed toy or two.  Am I going to have to keep my dogs out of the room and hope none of them bark, possibly confusing the Kinect?

And lighting?  I’m going to have to make sure my lighting is optimized?  Oh great googly moogly, I am not redoing the lighting in my family room for “optimal” Kinect playing.

I am still excited for this technology, and I think this is the first step in the next generation of gaming, but it sounds from the set-up video that are still a lot of quirks with the concept.  While I’ve had my Kinect on pre-order for some time now, this video is really making me rethink just how much I want it.  Not exactly the result the company must have been looking for.

What say you?  Does this video change your opinion of the Kinect at all?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...