Back in July and ever since Kinect was introduced Microsoft has insisted that Kinect could recognize players who were sitting down. This ran contrary to developers who said the software got confused by sitting individuals. Eurogamer is reporting that a software update from Microsoft has fixed the problem. The issue came from the software getting confused when your pelvis and legs were too close, as in a sitting position. Now when the software loses track of your pelvis it ignores it and refocuses on your head and arms.
Some developers, like Blitz, are apparently not waiting for Microsoft to fix problems ans so are writing their own software to patch features in that should already be there.
“It was one of those ones where it was probably borderline whether Microsoft would have fixed it for you or not,” Oliver revealed. “We were talking to them last February saying, ‘Are you ever going to fix the libraries so it will work on the floor?’ And they went, ‘Oh come on, that’s lying on the floor. That’s so rare. We’ve got other issues we’re dealing with.’ We said, ‘Okay, we’ll go write it ourselves.'”
And it’s a good thing too. With Microsoft removing hardware from the Kinect system, we just might need such ingenuity to get anything good out of Kinect.
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