According to Capcom, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is the most accurate Kinect game to date. Eurogamer interviewed the game’s producer Kenji Kataoka about the motion recognition they are using in the game. Strangely enough it seems that Microsoft have been spearheading the change on how Kinect recognizes the motions, all with the help of Capcom.
“[Microsoft] had to come up with a whole library in the SDK [software development kit] in collaboration with us to develop a whole new concept of using Kinect,” this new method comes from focusing on gestures made, rather than detecting an entire area and then working out the motions. ”Now it’s a combination of coordinates, area and gestures. That adds a lot more accuracy. It now can detect what your intentions are just by small movement rather than the absolute coordinate of where your hands are.”
“I obviously can’t tell for the ones that are not out,” he said, “but against the ones that are already out, I do think we’ve gone the deepest and we’ve checked every single alley and potential Kinect can offer.”
Because of the accuracy of this new technique, it should allow players to sit down to play, making it more relaxed as you won’t need quite so much space. Hopefully the game will live up to it’s expectations and it’ll be nice to see how the half controller-half Kinect controls work out in the end.