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If an unnamed “development source” is to be believed, Eurogamer claims to have some interesting details about the yet to be announced second-generation Kinect.
In fact, they say it will be quite a significant upgrade in terms of processing power, enabling games to do things like “lip read, detect when players are angry, and determine in which direction they are facing.”
The peripheral will also reportedly be able to track precise facial movements and the pitch and levels of a player’s voice to determine mood. These features were not currently possible due to the limitations related to the USB controller interface. However, Eurogamer’s source explains the Kinect 2 will be capable of delivering high res data straight to the Xbox’s main processor:
“It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?”
Rumors have been flying regarding a potential next-gen Xbox in recent weeks. Some are even reporting they expect to see a new console as early as next year.
There’s always a possibility we’ll get our first look at the device at E3 2012, although according to most industry analysts a 2012 launch is unlikely.
There are also of course those rumors floating around of a potential Xbox branded set-top box, something that seems to be entirely speculation at this point.
Don’t count out Apple based on lack of gesture controls alone… we already know their innovations in multi-touch gestures, and recently published patents suggest Apple is also experimenting with Kinect-like motion sensing that incorporates holographic images and methods beyond what Kinect is currently capable of.
It’s possible developers have already begun experimenting with device’s upgraded processor power as a report from Edge claims some devs already have next-gen Xbox dev kits in their possession. As for lip-reading and emotion-sensing, we’re sure you’ll share your ideas for gaming applications in the comments.
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Jordan Kahn is a main contributor for the Jace Hall Show and has been an avid gamer for over 15 years. He also writes about all things Google for 9to5Google.com and covers breaking Apple news for 9to5Mac and mobile products for Butterscotch.com.
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