Xbox One Kinect cannot see through clothing

Microsoft confirms camera cannot see through clothing after some suggested it could see a person's genitalia.

Kinect for Xbox One cannot see through clothing, Microsoft has confirmed. The confirmation comes after a Microsoft Research video led to the suggestion that Kinect was capable of detecting details like seeing a person's genitalia. This is not true, Microsoft said.

"First, if you watch the video you will see that what is being represented here is a fold in the denim," a Microsoft representative told IGN. "There is no tech magic going on here and Kinect cannot see through clothing. Furthermore, the video was an illustration of the various camera views available for the creation of games and apps. This view is only accessible on a development kit and is not viewable on retail consoles."

Kinect for Xbox One, included with every system, is described as more precise, more responsive, and more intuitive than its predecessor, which is sold as a peripheral. Gamers can sign into the Xbox One via facial recognition and navigate through menus using voice and gesture controls.

For more on Kinect for Xbox One, check out GameSpot's hardware overview video.

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207 comments
Lillypaw
Lillypaw

no it doesn't show you that it is seeing through your clothing, Monitors your pulse and heart rate and your eye responses hmm?

uncle5555
uncle5555

**Not pictured above, lead underwear worn by user.

RobDev
RobDev

how could anyone seriously think a $100 console camera could see through clothes. I mean seriously!

soulless4now
soulless4now

You mean it can't? Well I've immediately lost interest. I had plans to do a striptease of NSA too. 

lol 

nurnberg
nurnberg

"We can't see through clothing at this moment.  The feature is coming in an update."  Microsoft.

pszone
pszone

The Worst Camera  go to Kinect  .   No matter what Camera not for consoles . 

hadlee73
hadlee73

So the camera pretty much just assumes anyone using it has no balls? So much for any hope of a Kamasutra game.

Aelfredus
Aelfredus

Something tells me it would actually sell if it could...

iamnavarres
iamnavarres

Idiots who think a cheap ass camera can see through clothing HAHAHAHAAHHAHA. 

Think about it.  Not to hard though  wouldn't want you to hurt yourself.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It can see in infrared right?  Then it can partially see through clothing.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Does that mean the NSA will have to add an extra entry to their database to be filled with mugshots of people's genitalia? The potential threat level could be determined by the size of the person's cojones.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

I remember > Wii U article was on Thursday ,surveillance kinect article was on Thursday also,DRM article was on Thursday,PS4 requires + for online article was on Thursday.   

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Yeah, okay, it can track muscular movements, but you're saying it can't see through clothes? Yeah, I believe you MS.

m4a5
m4a5

@MrMilkmann You really don't know anything about that feature if you believe it ACTUALLY tracks your muscles -_-

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

Thursday is the day for GS to post silly articles. 

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

the title and description of this article was entertaining enough for me. i lmfao'ed.

CptYoutube
CptYoutube

The fact this is actually an article is just ridiculous.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@CptYoutube Do you mean that it's been made into an article or that the subject matter exists in the first place, because frankly I'm placing the blame for this one squarely on the shoulders of the head-cases that thought it was capable of it, and thank GameSpot for bringing it to my attention.

Triton
Triton

Why is everyone so paranoid about the new systems. Really getting crazy with the crap they are worried about.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

this is made with the assumption I even wear any.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Thanatos2k Touché.

izmickey
izmickey

So, does that mean I need to rip off my shirt so it can detect my heart rate? Maybe that isn't a bad thing....ladies.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

They had the chance to sell a few more consoles and, once again, put their feet in their mouth.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

It's crazy what the world has come to when people need reassurances on somethings as crazy as this

Overlord93
Overlord93

If it was that precise I might actually consider using it.

Wait...I think I just insulted myself.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

You need really high quality infra-red cameras for that. Any old IR camera won't work, you need gallium lenses which are transparent to IR and a very high res camera. 

Something tells me the Kinect's IR is more a gimmick and a cheap way of seeing in the dark as opposed to something you might find in an airport scanner or a TV camera or something.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

It cant see through clothes only if you buy Xbox underwear.

PetJel
PetJel

" Possible privacy violations by Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One have come under new scrutiny since it was revealed Thursday that the tech giant was a crucial partner in an expansive Internet surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency and involving Silicon Valley’s biggest players."

just thought I'd bring this back.

st_anger10
st_anger10

it slowly shoots a invisible laser at your crotch and destroys any chance of reproduction!

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

but... but it can always see the bulge!!

nine-eight-nine
nine-eight-nine

"Xbox One Kinect cannot see through clothing"................Pre order canceled!

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Vidpcithe typical "tin foil hat" response is perfectly justified when it comes to anything Alex Jones-related

Riddick123
Riddick123

Simple solution, just don't wear cloths if you're into that.

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

I expect many other great headlines this generation.

Valkyrslayer
Valkyrslayer

what idiot believed kinect could see through clothing wtf

joseanrodrigue9
joseanrodrigue9

is there really something the can actually do that,the we can get our hands on it?plz do tell so i can go get one and c what the girl next door i packing under that cloth