Is there a certain amount of space needed in order to use the Kinect? How much of an area do you need to move around in?

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Yes, there is a minimum amount of space required:

The Kinect sensor has a practical ranging limit of 1.2–3.5 m (3.9–11 ft) distance when used with the Xbox software. The area required to play Kinect is roughly 6m², although the sensor can maintain tracking through an extended range of approximately 0.7–6 m (2.3–20 ft).

A bit more practical advice is offered by this article:

Microsoft suggests a space of six feet by six feet in front of the Kinect sensor for one player, and eight feet by six feet for two players.

In "real life terms," my couch is far enough away from my TV that I can pull a queen sized sofa bed out of it without having to move it and still walk between the bed and the TV stand. I still have to move the couch 2-3' back from where it sits to play with the Kinect, and that just barely makes it happy. If you've got a coffee table or anything else between your couch and your TV, you're going to have to move it as well.

Nyko makes a "small room" zoom lens for the Kinect, although I've heard mixed results from using it.

  • So your saying you really need space to use the Kinect. For my use I have only about 4 feet in between the couch and the TV. Will this be a practical space to use it in?
    – Nick122
    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:27
  • I don't think so, no. 6 feet is pretty much the absolute minimum, as far as I can tell.
    – agent86
    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:29

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