Microsoft Kinect performance: Dashboard update possible

The Microsoft Xbox Kinect gaming system has hit huge success since its recent release despite somewhat mixed reviews and recently we posted on how in a recent holiday gifting trend report on electronic gifts for 2010 it was the third most popular gift behind the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad. We also told how Microsoft had shifted 2.5 million units within the first month of sale.

Now an article by Andrew Webster over on Ars Technica, sourced from Eurogamer, tells how Microsoft is planning to increase the performance of the Kinect with a dashboard update. The device currently has a resolution of 320 x 240 but it’s possible that an update could see this improve to 640 x 480. There could even be an increase to the amount of data handled which could rise from around 16 MB per second to 35 MB.

The motion control system would then be more accurate and precise leading to a better all-round experience but don’t get too excited as this has not yet been confirmed by Microsoft and if introduced would not be likely to appear before Spring 2011.

Andrew Yoon over on Joystiq also reports on this and says that Rich Leadbetter of Digital Foundry says this could certainly be done but that Microsoft would also need to address the fact that adding more pixels may slow down performance and that there were questions surrounding how sensitive the Kinect sensor would be when operating at higher resolutions.

What are your thoughts on the Microsoft Kinect? Have you got this gaming system and do you think it needs improvements? We’d like to hear what you have to say so why not send us your comments.