After several rumors of Kinect not working while seated, we earlier this year we reported that Xbox 360’s Kinect worked while being seated. Now it is final: In a Gamescom meeting, Joystiq saw the Kinect version of the Xbox dashboard, and tried out the menu system and movie controls to test its recognition of seated users:
- Sitting in a chair: Definitely works.
- Sitting on the floor: Works.
- Reclining while facing the Kinect: Works.
- Reclining with the Kinect at our side: We couldn’t get this to work, but we’ve been told that it will by launch.
- Using another human as a coffee table (should have taken photos!): Kinect recognized the person behind the human coffee table trying to control the movie.
According to Microsoft, Kinect was running on an improved version of the software used during E3 in June. The manufacturer is set to make further improvements before the camera’s November debut.
Game while seated
Games will probably have to be tailored in order to work while seated, but it is definitely outstanding that Microsoft pulled this off in their dashboard: meaning it can be done in games as well (if the developer of the game wants the gamer to have this experience).