Consumer Reports: Kinect Works Fine, Requires Adequate Lighting

Responding to a story from GameSpot which claimed that Microsoft’s Kinect had trouble recognizing the facial features of dark-skinned users; Consumer Reports refuted the problem, stating that the reported flaw was most likely due to low lighting.

Consumer Reports found that “The log-in problem is related to low-level lighting and not directly to players’ skin color,” adding that the Kinect camera needs a certain amount of light and contrast in order to determine a user’s facial features.

In testing Kinect, the organization “did not experience any instance where one player was recognized and the other wasn’t under the same lighting conditions.”

It was additionally suggested that, in order to foster a safe gaming environment, "… Kinect users will want to turn on as many room lights as required to see room furniture or other objects on the floor, since many of the games require much motion."

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