Sony: Kinect technological problems are 'quite big'

"We're not necessarily against Kinect or against depth cameras, it's just we feel like Move has more applicability across more genres so it fits better with what we try to do," Sony Computer Entertainment software engineer Anton Mikhailov told

"Also I think the tech is a bit, not so much immature, but not quite up to spec in what we think. Like the PlayStation Eye camera runs at 60 frames per second so it can track you very quickly whereas the Kinect and other depth camera are only 30 frames per second. So they are more suited for slower motions. Dancing is still kind of okay and then the yoga stuff that they were doing, it fits that very well, whereas if you want to do quick punches it's harder to do that just because you can't see the player as quickly. And there's also more latency, things like that. So you know, it's not a particularly sexy result, it's just mostly technological problems."

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swat2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

some one is jealous

deadreckoning6662453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

Why does Sony care? Kinect isn't their problem. Its pretty obvious that Move's accuracy means that more genres of games can be applied to it...but that didn't stop me from enjoying Kinect at my local Bestbuy. Both are awesome in their own ways...don't understand the need to put the other down.

"They are asking them because MS don't respond. A lot of sites ask these guys question about the technology because they have used it before."

Yep, glad you caught on to that. Now to make my point.

I'm not referring to you forcefullpower, just speaking in general terms. Sony was ASKED to state what they thought the problems with Kinect were. So Sony simply answered. No problem there right?, why did PS3 diehards get mad at Gabe Newell when he was ASKED to give his opinion on the PS3 way back when?

Why do they also get mad at Aaron Greenburg when he is ASKED to give his opinion on Sony and the PS3?

Do you see where I'm getting at? Its one big wave of hypocrisy on this site. Unless the opinion given is pro-Sony, the majority of this site has no problem with it. I know alot of my argument is off-topic..I just wanted to make that point.

forcefullpower2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

They are asking them because MS don't respond. A lot of sites ask these guys question about the technology because they have used it before.

All i hear from any MS Rep or Kudo about the tech the best you get is "Its going to be fun you are the controller". As lot of sites want to know more about how it works and if it has limitations and can it work with more hardcore games.

You may not like it that its Sony Engineers saying it but i doubt you will here MS saying anything negative about it. To be honest these guys are just saying what i am thinking


I agree with you that they should not answer questions about kinect tech anymore as most sites are using it to make controversial headlines.

About Gabe he did in essence call the PS3 a piece of shit. I was annoyed as Gabe myself because a lot of what he said unfounded rubbish which he in the end had to turn cheek and apologize for. I am a big PC gamer so i don't hate Gabe as steam does a lot of great things.

Greenburg just spews crap all the time. I wouldn't want him as a PR representative for any product i liked.

r1sh122453d ago

Ok seriosuly..
We have had a week of the same story, its getting boring.
N4G stop allowing the same story written in different ways get posted..
I wanna hear about other news,

AAACE52453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

As long as it plays the games they put out... I don't see the problem! Nothing is perfect!

I went to Best Buy on Black Friday to see what was on sale. Stopped and got a new phone while kids went to play Kinect and Move. Kids came back talking about how much fun they had! Went to go check them out myself... Kinect looked OK, I didn't try it, but I watched. Didn't feel like making an ass out of myself at that time! Move had 2 controllers... neither were working, so I didn't get a chance to play it!

The funny thing is, I used to joke about the Move controller looking like something a 6 year old girl would be waiving around saying she's a fairy princess! And then a girl about that age came up with her parents and started waiving it around! I couldn't hold my laughter in!

No Offense, but it was funny to me!

MisterAV2453d ago

but this engineer was extremely calm, it didn't said "kinect is **** buy move" but explained in a good way. I don't think gabe and aaron were respectful like him

dragonelite2453d ago


If those site want to really know how kinect work and what the implementation can be just use good dam google.
Search the kinecthack youtube channel or just search the patent and Faq of kinect. What do you think a ms engineer is going to talk bad about kinect and good about move and vice versa for a sony engineer.

Motion2453d ago

I finally saw a Kinect being demoed @ Best Buy this past weekend. I was actually surprised at how much lag there was. I don't know if they guy playing could tell, but from watching it was quite obvious.

Active Reload2453d ago

Sony, make the Eyetoy a controller free interface for the PS3 UI. I mean, thats the only reason at the moment, I'm interested in Kinect.


Actually your missing the point, there is a way to be tact full with your response. In both cases you mentioned with Gabe and Aaron not only did they respond negatively which is fine but it's the manner and fashion of the response that caused the uproar. Having an opinion is fine but as a representative for your company means you need to act with more tact...acting like a fan boy shows a lack of class on both Gabe and Aaron. That’s all I'm saying.

Lightsaber2453d ago

breaking news $ony trashing talking.

They can talk all the trash they want but the fact is kinect works perfectly. Sure there are things that could be better but MS will improve it with software updates

Biggest2453d ago

It's strange that people are lumping Greenburg, who is paid to talk trash, with Anton, who is paid to develop motion gaming peripherals. I don't see where Anton trashed anything here. He spoke of the technical limitations. He didn't lie. He didn't mistakenly say the wrong thing. He repeated the technical specs and compared them to other comparable technical specs.

People (most of the people defending Kinect and 360 fanboys from the Sony fanboys) were in the GT5 articles talking about the uncommon FPS dips (60>57) as if they destroyed gameplay. Now Anton repeats (not states, repeats) that the Kinect has a 30FPS capture speed, which is half of the PS Eye capture speed. That makes the Kinect more suited for slow, deliberate movements. He isn't bashing Kinect. He is telling you what you already know. 30FPS is slower than 60FPS. Don't be sad about that. If you love Kinect, love it. Just like every other everything in world history. . . There are limitations.

Highlife2453d ago

You are enjoying it at best buy why not at home not good enough to buy???

KageMonkey2453d ago

The difference being that Gabe's response was his opinion stated as fact.

Anton's response is not an opinion. It is an absolutely logical response from an engineer's perspective on the limitations of a particular system.

Microsoft's entire business is built upon deceptive marketing to mislead consumers to purchase old, inferior and sometimes faulty products. They simply cannot afford to let their engineers speak their minds.

That is why you will never see Microsoft let engineers talk about their systems: Microsoft engineers KNEW about the RROD and limitations of Kinect (the exact limitations that Anton told you about), and letting the Microsoft engineers tell the public about Microsoft's faulty and inferior technology would bankrupt the company.

ChrisW2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )


Don't be such a n00b about it. N4G is all about hypocrisy... If you aren't two-faced on this site, you aren't having enough fun!

jetlian2453d ago

because it directly effects them. If kinect truly takes off what will sony do to counter?! Move has only shown its just like wii.

And to all the haters out there if PSEYE can do everything kinect can why isn't Sony saying why buy 150 dollar kinect when you can get PSEYE for 30?!!

Heartnet2453d ago

Lets face it sony arnt going to be saying anything nice about it lol if they are asked they are bound to insult it as it makes their competetion look bad and thefor increasing the likeleness of their product

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Inside_out2453d ago

Poor Sony, first they make a gimped PS3 system, loose BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars and now they look dumb for passing on a far superior game add on and tech in Kinect.

Sony is just trying to calm the investors's not working. 360 has been outselling PS3 and everyone else for months. Sony is in panic mode and is trying to divert attention from the poor performance of it's system and games...RIP Sony.

At least Sony is outselling 360 in countries that don't matter and don't spend much money on gaming...O_o

strickers2453d ago

Wow,you know almost nothing,do you?You need to do a little light reading and get your facts straight.
By the way,the world is round.
Try reading some official figures and looking at dates,put the 2 together and you get how fast a product sells.

Scotland-The-Brave2453d ago

ive just taken about 20 minutes reading through your previous comments and boy are they the funniest i have read in my life. "AW beats every ps3 exclusive in the graphics department" looooool.

Silver3602453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

This guy is talking out his butt, not saying he is wrong about the camera. I am saying he doesn't know anything about the software behind Kinect. It took three PhD's to help develop the predictive software tracking of Kinect to overcome the frame rate issue. When he said look at the hacked videos on you-tube that is just what the camera can do, Once again Kinect software is not hacked only the open usb port on the camera that was never secured. If you want to know what the software can do read this article:

small excerpt: shows they invented software behind Kinect.

The answer, by sheer chance, came from the PhD research of Jamie Shotton, a computer-vision researcher in Blake's department who was fresh out of grad school. Shotton had shown how to train a computer to differentiate cows, grass or an aircraft in a countryside photograph by studying it pixel by pixel. He had taught the system to recognise 21 categories of object.

By chance, Kipman had come across one of Shotton's earlier papers about tracking hands. "It was really well written, and the tone was optimistic," Kipman recalls. "I'm like, 'We've got to go talk to this guy!' Not long after we found out he worked for Microsoft." The call from Redmond came on August 18 2008. Could Shotton help in tracking a body in real time? He discussed the challenge with Fitzgibbon. "My immediate reaction," Fitzgibbon says, "was, 'No you can't.'" Kipman's team put their Scotch-taped hardware into a bag, packed a couple of changes of clothes, and flew to Cambridge. They had hacked together a video that took advantage of the camera sensor's 3D capabilities.

The video showed a man's skeleton being tracked in the foreground; in the background, it showed what the depth camera was seeing. Once the system had recognized the man's body shape, it snapped on to his skeleton; on screen you could see an outline of his movements as he danced. They called this demonstration the "Bones" video.

strickers2453d ago

I'm sorry but you are talking crap,the tech stats do not lie to anyone with a brain.
This guy knows his stuff.Why don't you check with Harmonix if they are following the skeletal pattern or silhouette tracking?
Some people still believe that fingers can be tracked on Kinect.Some advanced biometric guessing software can be fine for some apps
,but for precision gaming it will not match it's rivals hardware solutions.
That's just common sense.

Silver3602453d ago

The article was not about the move it was about his take on infrared depth sensing camera and the frame rate issues. MS overcomes these issues by having that highly sophisticated predictive software of which this man knows nothing as it is MS property

FOXDIE2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

Swat, someone is an incompetent A-hole!

ChrisW2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

Can't figure out why everyone's so excited...

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kataloni102453d ago

its not your problem sony

SilverSlug2453d ago

They just answered a question, doubt they are 'worried' or assume its their issue.

raztad2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

SilverSlug is right, and besides this is a tech Sony has been researching for many years, they have a say.

Anon19742453d ago

It's not Sony that answered here. There were just talking to one guy, a software engineer who works for Sony. They asked his opinion and he gave it. It's not like this was an official press release, or that there's one guy out there named "Sony" who speaks for the entire company.

sarshelyam2453d ago

Well, considering Anton developed the Move tech along side Marks, his word on the matter IS Sony's word.

eliasg2453d ago

Kinect is an amazing piece of Hardware and someone is jealous about it!!!

poopoojames2453d ago

kinect is the reason that I'm still playing video games

Dnied2453d ago (Edited 2453d ago )

wtf? /s?

raztad2453d ago