Xbox Kinect manual reveals sensor positioning details

Playing distances and other interesting Kinect info revealed

The manual set to accompany Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing controller has been leaked ahead of its November launch. 

- Xbox Kinect manual pictures 

Gaming site VG247 were sent photographs of the entire Kinect manual exposing all the important details concerning how the peripheral needs to be set up.

Kinect playing distances which we revealed last week are confirmed. The 'Adequate space for playing' section of the document states: “The sensor can see you when you are approximately 6 feet (2 meters) from the sensor. For two people, you should play approximately 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the sensor.”

On positioning your Kinect sensor the manual states to “not put the sensor on your console.”, while the 'Choosing a location' section, Kinect gamers are advised, “For the best play space and sensor performance, place your sensor between 2 and 6 feet (0.6 and 2 meters) high, the closer to the low or high limit, the better.”

In what may be news to those who don't own the Xbox 360 S, the manual also confirms that you will need an external power pack to get Kinect working with the original console: “For Xbox 360 S consoles, power is supplied by the console. For original Xbox 360 consoles, you’ll need to connect the sensor to a standard wall outlet.”

In the troubleshooting section, the manual explains that you should keep Kinect "well ventiliated" and also advises on how to deal with potential issues with Kinect:

So if the Kinect camera is not picking you up, you are advised to “turn on lights to brighten the play space,” “try wearing different colored clothing that contrasts with the background of your play space,” and “prevent lights, including sunlight, from shining directly on the sensor.”

What do you make of these latest Kinect details? Has it changed your opinion about grabbing one on November 10th? Let us know via Twitter and Facebook.

Link: VG247

Pictures credit: VG247

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