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Microsoft intends to release a follow-up to Kinect which boasts the ability to lip read, sources have told Eurogamer.

The improved motion sensing and voice recognition will enable games to lip read, detect when players are angry and determine the direction players are facing, claims one development source.

Next generation Kinect will also be able to track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics, making it possible to determine the emotional state of the player.

Higher resolution data will be supplied to the Xbox, enabling a greater range of functionality.

"It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?" said the Eurogamer source.

The improved, next generation Kinect is believed to come bundled with future Xbox consoles, Eurogamer understands. Analysis

Kinect 2 will be able to determine the emotional state of the player, which almost 100 per cent of the time will be frustration at the game's inability to recognise their actions.

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The RAM got taken out of the current Kinect to save money, that was why developers have a hard time with it.
Posted 22:16 on 28 November 2011
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Bit of a kick in the teeth for voice recognition software I guess. Kinect and me won't get on, I haz a beard.
Posted 22:07 on 28 November 2011
Clockpunk's Avatar


Heh, imagine if every time you swore during multiplayer matches, it switched itself off to enforce decency! :D
Posted 20:24 on 28 November 2011
munkee's Avatar


This will only alienate ventriloquists.
Posted 16:12 on 28 November 2011
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