Is Next-Gen Kinect Facial Scan As Magical As It Seems? Mixed Results

Stand in front of the next-gen Kinect, the one that can read your heartbeat just by looking at you (it's true; I tried it), and in theory it can scan your face. In the Xbox One game Kinect Sports: Rivals, Kinect 2.0 should be able to turn you into a video game character. But can it really?

The official Xbox video up top shows Kinect Sports: Rivals' face-scanning at its magical best. The first 70 seconds are a marvel. The Kinect appears to outperform its predecessor as well any other camera-based facial scans seen in previous console generations.

One video isn't enough proof, though. It's edited. It's from Microsoft. Let's check some other demonstrations of this tech out shall we?

Here's one where it works well:

This next one? The scanning takes an eternity and puts hair on the man's shaved head. Not so hot.

And then there's this one. The scan time is fairly short. The results are decent.

So... not quite as magical as it appears at first, but a next-gen step up?


    It better be blooddy good, they spent enough on it in RnD

      It will be, kotaku are doing their usual anti xbox crap because Microsoft told them off for taking photos at e3

    now if they were to pull this game off Kinnect is king

    That's really cool! But once you're past the cool factor, it's not all that different to how wii u scans in your face with its camera to create a mii.

    It still has the lag that Kinect 1.0 has. I can't see myself liking it for body motion based games, but for shooters and other games that can use facial features for character generation, it looks really good.

      As long as they get voice shouts and occasional finger signal right we should be ok lol

    I think it worked better with the original 360 camera on Facebreaker. Anyone remember?

    The scan of the second one, the blonde woman, is actually very incorrect.

    It got her basic face shape very wrong, just look at the jawline. Totally different.

    I hope Kinect 2.0 is much better than this come launch.

    In that "bad" one, the user does a lot wrong.

    He's looking away when it first asks him to look at Kinect. He then looks down at the screen when it's telling him to look DIRECTLY at Kinect.

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