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Xbox 360 Kinect won't receive "Near Mode" function

One of the big highlights of the Kinect for Windows sensor is the new "Near Mode" functionality.  Details regarding the brand new motion tracking sensor for PC - including pricing and launch date - were revealed yesterday during Microsoft's CES 2012 press conference.

According to Microsoft, the "new firmware enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40 centimeters."

Kinect for Wndows GM Craig Eisler explained, "Near Mode will enable a whole new class of “close up” applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360."

For those with an Xbox 360 Kinect, you can definitely appreciate this new feature.  Currently, the Xbox Kinect requires a fairly large amount of space - even if you have the Nyko Zoom.  It requires space that not a lot of people have, especially if you are an apartment dweller.  So you can understand the jealousy when Microsoft detailed the brand new Near Mode.

Unfortunately, Microsoft confirmed that the functionality changes made to the Kinect for Windows - including the Near Mode - will NOT be available for the Xbox 360 version. 

Oh, and by the way, if you were planning on using your Xbox Kinect sensor on PC then you're out of luck.  You will have to purchase a brand new sensor for $249.

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