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Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360 has without a doubt been a huge success for the company and it looks as if Microsoft is working on a new, much more advanced version of Kinect to go with its next gen console which is expected to be announced sometime next year. Sadly the rumour mill doesn't offer a lot of details, but we're apparently looking at something quite a bit more advanced than the current Kinect.

Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360 has without a doubt been a huge success for the company and it looks as if Microsoft is working on a new, much more advanced version of Kinect to go with its next gen console which is expected to be announced sometime next year. Sadly the rumour mill doesn't offer a lot of details, but we're apparently looking at something quite a bit more advanced than the current Kinect.

Eurogamer has scored some exclusive information suggestion that the next generation of Kinect will offer a much higher resolution camera which won't be hard as the current Kinect model has a resolution of a mere 320×240 pixels, something that is apparently to do with the data limitation that Microsoft put on the USB interface as to not interfere too much with the performance of other attached USB devices. As such Kinect is only allowed 15-16MB/s of the total available bandwidth, a restriction the next generation hardware won't suffer from. In fact, it's meant to have a camera capable of reading your lips, for improved voice and motion recognition.

If we were to hazard a guess here, we might see USB 3.0 support in the next gen console from Microsoft, as this would remove all the potential bottlenecks for quite some time. The quoted source also seems to suggest something similar "It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?"

This is also suggesting that we'll see a lot more RAM in the next gen console from Microsoft and hopefully some of this will be dedicated to providing enough space to store higher resolution textures, a problem that both Microsoft's and Sony's current consoles are suffering from compared to modern graphics cards in a PC. If you're an Xbox follower, then it seems like you have a lot to look forward to next year, although none of this is expected to make an appearance until E3 in June.

Source: Eurogamer