NEWS - Thursday, July 8, 2010

Microsoft Assures Kinect Will Work While Seated

There’s been some confusion concerning Kinect over what you would think would be a very, very easy thing to communicate about a new videogame control method: Whether you can sit down while using it. As it turns out, a Microsoft representative assures you can in fact use Kinect while sitting down, so long as you’re using it with a game or experience designed to be played while sitting down.
"Kinect can be used while sitting when an experience is developed with sitting in mind," this representative said to Joystiq (a statement almost zen-like in its obvious simplicity, isn’t it?). Presumably, this means some games may not work if you’re sitting down, but only if they’re designed not to work while sitting down -- say, the River Race game in Kinect Adventures, which literally requires players to physically jump up and down.

But that’s not the same as saying Kinect simply won’t recognize seated players, and Microsoft pointed to the upcoming ESPN, Zune, and Video Kinect apps as "experiences where we expect people to be sitting." But this representative also said that it’s "natural for Kinect games to be designed to get you off the couch: dancing, running, dodging, bending, and kicking," so just because it can work while sitting, perhaps we shouldn’t expect too many games to be designed that way -- at least, not at first.




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