The Xbox 720 Files: Microsoft's master-plan for the next generation

CVG examines key details and breakthrough technologies found in the leaked 56-page document

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*Disclaimer: The information hereinbelow is taken from an Xbox 720 design document written in 2010. Some of the details will have been revised, perhaps extensively. For more information on the reliability of the data, go here

3. Kinect version two: Four players, two sensors

It was Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, who last year said that current motion control technologies were "in their own 8-Bit era" - meaning that he felt such technologies had significant scope to improve.


Through various software updates, Microsoft has progressed Kinect's capabilities to offer a more reliable, accurate experience. Yet its plan in 2010 was to outright double-up on the system's capabilities by the time the next generation Xbox arrives.

Stereo sensor imaging
At the centre of Microsoft's Kinect Version 2 plan is what the document calls "stereo sensors, i.e. two cameras/microphones".

As shown in many of the artist's illustrations, the console set-up uses two separate cameras, placed either side of the TV. The new initiative is said will offer "full-body hi precision" motion control for many players. The tag line in the document is "closer, wider, deeper".

A "dedicated processor", improved microphone, and enhanced RGB cam means that Kinect version 2 will allow for "four players, sitting or standing" as well as sophisticated technology that can register props such as baseball bats.

The document also claims the original Kinect sensor will be compatible.

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