What is Kinect?

Magic Disguised as Technology

Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets your whole body in the game. Imagine controlling movies and music with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice. With Kinect, technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine. And the best part is Kinect works with every Xbox 360.

Motion Sensor

Kinect uses a motion sensor that tracks your entire body. So when you play, it’s not only about your hands and thumbs. It’s about all of you. Arms, legs, knees, waist, hips and so on. Which means to get into the game, you’ll need to jump off the couch.

Skeletal Tracking

As you play, Kinect creates a digital skeleton of your avatar based on depth data. So when you move left or right or jump around, our sensor will process it and translate it into gameplay.

Facial Recognition

Kinect ID remembers who you are by collecting physical data that’s stored in their profile. So when you want to play again, your Kinect will know it’s you.

How Does it Work?


Setting It Up

Sensor Placement

It’s simple, but there’s a few easy rules to follow. You should set the sensor between two to six feet off the ground and centered with your TV. Place it on a safe and secure surface, as close to the edge without hanging over. And make sure there’s no direct sunlight on the sensor or on you. See? That’s easy enough.

Room To Play

Kinect needs to see you in your entirety. That means head to toes. So if you’re playing alone, we recommend standing six feet away from the sensor. For two players, you both should be at least eight feet away*. This will allow the Kinect sensor to see you the best and provide the most accurate gameplay.

Play Time

Getting Started

Moving your hand controls the pointer on screen. Hold the palm of your hand over whatever it is you want to do. Once it lights up, you’re good to go.

Activating Your Avatar

Introductions are easy. Just look at your Kinect sensor and wave. It’ll find you, read you and then your avatar will appear. If you haven’t played yet, it’ll then create an avatar for you to adapt.

Non-Gameplay Options

Hold your left hand out and down to activate the Kinect Guide. Make sure to keep your right arm down. From there, you can pause the game, check out your profile, friends, tune the sensor or, if you’re hooked up with Xbox LIVE, access the Kinect Hub.

How To Videos

Get the Most out of Kinect

What Is Xbox LIVE?

Xbox LIVE is the online gaming and entertainment service for your Xbox 360. With Xbox LIVE you can download and play thousands of downloadable games, and access sites like Facebook and Twitter**.

Video Kinect

What can Kinect do with Xbox LIVE?

Kinect is fun on its own. But activating it with an Xbox LIVE Gold membership powers it with it endless entertainment possibilities. And Video Kinect will allow you to video chat with your friends right from your TV.

Check out the New Xbox 360

Here Today, Ready For Tomorrow

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Kinect Games

Games Anyone Can Enjoy

Kinect™ for Xbox 360® has a collection of games to suit any style of play. And they’re designed for full body play, so each one is as unique as the person playing them. Yep, that means you.

*Play space may vary with sensor placement, game title, and other factors.

**Games, game add-ons and media content sold separately. Facebook and Twitter features requires an Xbox LIVE Gold membership.

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