Oh dear, my house is not compatible with Kinect

Six feet. That's how far away from Kinect you have to stand in order to play it. Sounds fine, right? Knowing I had plenty of room in my living room for said six feet and more, I took home Kinect for the evening. But six feet is the minimum you need and that doesn't give you all game features. Namely, two player mode. And here I hit a problem. I've recorded it on video so you can compare it to your own situation and see if it would affect you too.

As you've probably seen from the video now, my front room is pretty normal. It's not massive, but there's 'room to swing a cat' as the saying goes. It's been fine for playing Wii, fine for the EyePet I bought my girlfriend, and fine for my awesome GameRacer Pro Racing Seat. Come on, if you've got enough room for a racing seat, you should have enough room for Kinect. After all, not everybody's house looks like this:

Above: Microsoft expects your living room to look like this. Just look at it! I've seen smaller cathedrals

To its credit, Microsoft itself seems to have noted this fact and illustrated Kinect's packaging with the following scene:

Above: That actually looks pretty much identical to my set-up. However...

From my experience, standing as close to the unit as these two models are would not allow us to play a two-player game of Kinect Adventures. It may be different with better lighting conditions etc. And they are leaning back, which worked for me...

I appreciate my house is not the same as your house (unless my girlfriend's reading this, in which case it is). But I don't think I'm going to be alone in having this problem. Sure, I could solve it by rearranging the room to have Kinect and the TV in one corner, getting the most length from the diagonal across the room. I could move the sofa out altogether and take the 'sitting' out of 'sitting room'. But I'm not going to. Not for these games. Not for Skittles.

Above: I'll admit, single-player Kinectimals isn't without its charms. 'Skittles' even tops the hi-score tables

At this point, I don't care whether the games get better and cater more for hardcore gamers. I'm not going to turn furniture removal man every time I want to play a Kinect game. The racing seat is bad enough and that only needs me to move the coffee table a few feet to the side - this needs the whole sofa to go... somewhere else. I'm so glad I didn't discover this problem after paying £129.99 for the thing.

I advise you to measure up very carefully before you buy. As for me… I'm out.

04 Nov, 2010

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  • jmcgrotty - November 20, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    I had to re-read part of that article over. The first time I read it, I swore you said you bought your girlfriend. I had put in an extra commna for some reason after eyetoy.
  • suzypug - November 11, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    We had exactly the same problem as Justin. After months of anticipation it finally arrived but was useless as we didn't have enough space in any room in our house to play it, if you don't have a living room the size of a small garage and are prepared to move all of your furniture out every time you want to play then STEER CLEAR!!!!! what a let down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Genericpenisjoketista - November 8, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Justin, you're a handsome man.
  • los128 - November 8, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    I have a room about the size you have I don't have any problems at all even with a furniture being in the back. My kinect is about 7 feet in the air and works perfectly for the space I have. Kinect needs to see the floor so the higher up you can get it the better.
  • JADENkOTOR - November 8, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    I have about seven feet between my Kinect and sofa I haven't had any problems with calibration at this point. Also people keep saying the interface doesn't work well but mine feels tight and "kinected"... Whats the deal Julio?
  • KaiokenKid - November 7, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    This thing is verging into clusterfuck territory.
  • philipshaw - November 5, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    This is why it fails
  • gabynosh - November 5, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    hi justin towell!!! please answerr this is important!!! iwanna know if i need xbox live to install kinect hardware or i need xbox live to play kinect.... or can i play kinect without xbox live?!?!?!?! please answerr and thx from gabynosh
  • Spybreak8 - November 5, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    I game in the den, yeah cozy and nowheres big enough for Kinect. I'd have to move to the living room which would interrupt my father's big HDTV and haha I don't think he wants to watch skittles over any sports game.
  • Heyexclamationpoint - November 5, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    There's no way I could use the Kinect in my room, though I wasn't going to buy that hunk of crap anyway.
  • Hobojedi - November 4, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Just buy a new house for kinect. Problem solved.
  • D0CCON - November 4, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Mine is quite a bit bigger, but the location of the sofa could still pose a problem. There is more than enough space to move it and keep it somewhere else permanently, but I don't want to. It is likely that even where the sofa is now, I could still get things to work, but overall, all of my hopes for Kinect have died awhile ago. It wasn't marketed to pretty much anybody who would use this site, me included. Oh well.
  • db1331 - November 4, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    I came in here to ridicule you for buying this piece of shit, but then I saw that you didn't actually buy it. So, I'm sorry I guess...
  • ViolentLee - November 4, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Thank you for illustrating one of the many reasons why I don't give a shit about Kinect.
  • Maxstats69 - November 4, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    Crap. I just measured and I have exactly 6 feet from the tv to the couch. I could only have single player and no one would be able to sit in the center of my couch when someone is playing. I did some other measurements of my living room and if I rearrange it I would easily have 10' and no problems but I am not rearranging my whole living room just for Kinect. That's just silly. 1. Read helpful article at Gamesradar 2. Find out house not compatible with Kinect 3. Do not purchase Kinect 4. Save $150 5. ^Profit
  • Bawheidbob - November 4, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    Says alot about how i feel regarding Kinect that i found myself more interested in your chair :)
  • Japanaman - November 4, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    Wow. Kinect really does give you a workout. First, you gotta move the couch, then move the coffee table around, then adjust the blinds. You're sweaty by the time you are ready to play. Great job at giving people phsyical activity, Microsoft.
  • Gkicker2 - November 4, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Solution is obvious... Man up and get a new house.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 4, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    I had to move my recliner every time I played Sports Champions(not to calibrate) so I could have more space to move around. Theres rumors that Microsoft are making a Move like controller for Kinect. That's the only way you'll be able to play core games with Kinect and it needs a price drop.
  • Kirol - November 4, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    MICROSOFT ARE THE WIN. You go, playstation!

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