There was a rumour floating around that Microsoft was planning to update Kinect through a firmware update. This update would let Kinect detect wrist rotations and finger movements, supposedly by simply doubling the device’s resolution output from 320×240 to 640×480. A Microsoft spokesperson has recently stated that this is not the case, and that they are happy with Kinect’s specifications as they are. (Because everyone is happy with where they are and no one ever tries to improve anything //end sarcasm)
The Spokesperson stated, “We’re constantly working to expand and improve on experiences for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE; however, this rumour is completely unsubstantiated. We couldn’t be more pleased with the fidelity of the technology and clearly consumers agree given we sold more than 2.5 million units around the world in the first 25 days Kinect was on the market.”
I guess our dreams of more precise movement within Kinect games will have to wait.