Kinect Troubleshooting Guide – Errors, Setup, Sensor, Speech, Space

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Microsoft Kinect has just out Wii’ed the Wii following the worldwide sold out of its motion control system. When millions of people are using anything, few issues are bound to arise. For the very purpose, we have this Kinect for Xbox 360 Troubleshooting Guide.

You can go through the basics on how to setup your Kinect and how to troubleshoot it when you come across any problem, with information provided in this guide.

I have tried to list every common issue, or problem faced by people so that you can find relative information to resolve your problem. In any case, if your problem isn’t listed below, you can write in comments and I will try to help you out or you can refer to the source.

How to Setup and Troubleshoot Your Space
What should be your ideal place space for Kinect ? this should be your basic question before playing around with Kinect. Or You’ll end up like these.

Your play space should be clean, no debris, or any objects that can spoil the gameplay. Your place space should provide you firm footing, like avoid hardwood floor. As with Kinect, you will be moving around a lot, so better play safe.

All your light sources should be in front of you, not the back. Like they should be behind the Kinect, in front of you. Make sure Kinect Sensor has clear line of sight.

Too much noise can conflict with voice commands that Kinect Recognize so avoid noisy background.

Kinect Sensor Placement and Setup
Kinect Sensor placement is most important aspect in making your Kinect for Xbox 360 work properly. You can read below how you should place your Kinect Sensor.

  • Between 2 feet (0.6m) and 6 feet (1.8m) off the floor.
  • Directly above or below the middle of your TV.
  • On the edge of a sturdy surface, so the sensor can see the floor when it tilts down
  • With enough room to allow the sensor to tilt up and down.
  • Make sure you setup your sensor at least 1 foot from any speakers or other sound sources, such as fans or video game consoles.
  • No glass or other objects between Kinect and you.
  • Make sure the cable can reach your Xbox 360 console.

You can run Kinect Tuner, to fine tune your audio calibration to make sure Kinect detects your voice command fine.

Your ideal play space is between; 6’ (1.8m) and 10’ (3m) from the sensor with the width of the play space being roughly the same as the distance you are from Kinect.

Kinect Speech Recognition and Chat
Speech recognition in Kinect allows you to browse/control some Kinect features, with your voice commands. You can enable or disable this feature at any time under System Settings -> Kinect Settings -> Speech Recognition.

If you get into any trouble setting up this feature, you can always text or configure it using Kinect Tuner. You will be all fine, if you keep in mind, the points below.

  • Background noise can conflict with Kinect Voice command functionality so make sure they is not much background noise around your place space.
  • Kinect Sensor should be able to identify and differentiate the sounds coming from your speaker and those coming from you.
  • Make sure your Kinect Sensor knows how different sounds will be hitting Kinect Sensor’s different microphones.

Among other things:

  • Keep the sensor away from Speakers.
  • Use clear voice.

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