Rumor: First "Leaked" Kinect 2 Image Shows Fingers and Head Patting

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An image that allegedly shows off Kinect 2 has hit the internet. It not only shows improved depth perception, but a higher level of detail—such as being able to read people's fingers and discern clothing. There's head patting, too.

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As Kotaku first revealed, the next Xbox is codenamed "Durango". Previously, insiders told Kotaku that the next Xbox will play Blu-ray and will introduce Kinect 2.

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The image comes from Twitter user SuperDaE, who allegedly has a Durango development kit. Kotaku is following up with Microsoft and will update this post should the company comment.

A Microsoft spokesperson tells Kotaku, "Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention."

Durango Kinect anyone? [Twitter via CVG and Eurogamer]

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michaelfisk
The Rogue Economist

The tech has been able to handle high levels of detail for a while, just the Xbox 360 hasn't had the ability to utilize it due to Microsoft, in a cost-cutting move, removed any image processing from the Kinect hardware itself, instead offloading it onto the X360 CPU. With Kinect 2 I'm assuming they are either putting processing hardware back in, utilizing a more powerful CPU in Durango, or some combination of the two.