Kinect not supporting sign language at launch

Microsoft confirms that ASL support in patent won't be in the version of motion-sensing system that goes on sale November.

Hearing-impaired gamers got some welcome news last week, when patent documents revealed that Kinect would recognize American Sign Language . One of the more hilarious patent filings made, the document outlined how a deaf person could "be able to tell the other user that he had been 'PWNED'" through gestures that would be translated into speech at the other end.

Hearing-impaired gamers will have to wait a while longer to trash-talk with Kinect.

If such capabilities sound overly ambitious, it is because they apparently are. Microsoft has confirmed to GameSpot that its motion-sensing system will not support sign language out of the box when it launches on November 4.

In a statement the company said, "We are excited about the potential of Kinect and its potential to impact gaming and entertainment. Microsoft files lots of patent applications to protect our intellectual property, not all of which are brought to market right away. [The] Kinect [system] that is shipping this holiday will not support sign language."

When it launches, the controller-less, camera-based Kinect will cost $150 in the US and £129.99 in the UK by itself. It will also be available as part of a $300/£249.99 bundle that will include the recently revealed 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect Adventures minigame compilation.

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20 comments
ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

OK.. sry to ask.. maybe i didn't understand because of my language limitations.. but.. Hearing-impaired ppl can send a communication with the other end by gesture.. but how will they receive communication that is coming to them?

strayfies
strayfies

Wow people who learn sign language sure get snooty about it. No one cares if you know ASL or not, nor do they care if it's on Kinect. Deaf people are perfectly adept typists, and I'm sure a regular controller isn't beyond their grasp either.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Doesn't seem to be supporting any games either...

-Saint
-Saint

Once Kinect is released it's going to be interesting to see if the positive feedback outweighs the negative.

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

I'm not convinced in the whole kinect thing. Just give me a good game and controller and I'm happy.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

well i am not deaf, but I AM GETTING KINECT just because. i have ever thing u can have for the 360. i get to replace my xboxlive vision cam with kinect :) besides kinect is gonna be cool. some times i just want to watch a video and that will be the perfect way for me to be lazy and access anything on the console.

kmne11528
kmne11528

I'm disappointed with some of the comments in response to this article,I guess the world is still full of ignorant,immature,brain dead idiots. I'm currently learning sign language(real English), I hope Microsoft implement this properly and not just 'American' sign language. If this works it will be amazing,not only for deaf gamers but for everyone. Think about it.

steelmouth
steelmouth

idiots think bigger the sign language wont necessary be for gaming but of interaction for the deaf, am sure if it works the deaf will find better use for kinect than games yet other example kinect will be big, an even bigger innovation that bluray, hell it will be the biggest thing in electronic period

macca366
macca366

I'm deaf, and I am absolutely outraged at this.

acer_062
acer_062

I'm not sure how you would incorporate sign language in a game??

catsimboy
catsimboy

Good! The fewer obnoxious morons yelling 'Pwned' (vocally or signed) over Live the better!

mightEone
mightEone

Cool but I don't care. I don't know sign language. I mean... personally I don't care. But for the people who are disabled I'm sorry for the delay.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

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SSJ4CHRIS
SSJ4CHRIS

And two years later sign language becomes available. And all it will cost you is 2500 MS Points. Live Gold Account subscription fee not included.

1penance1
1penance1

Honestly, how many of us were actually going to use that?

Barighm
Barighm

What? Did "the finger" go out of style or something?

Dan21278
Dan21278

The first thing I'm going do with this is harass Milo. LMFAO

Flint247
Flint247

"Hearing-impared gamers will have to wait a while longer to trash talk with Kinect." Priceless. XD