I play Kinect Adventures, and when I see the pictures at the end - all I get is a faint head and hands, and darkness everywhere else. I turned on every light in my house!! And in comparison, my laptop's webcam works perfectly in the same room with half as many lights. I have even added a 60 watt desk lamp 4 feet away directed right at my face so I'm completely blind and STILL I get darkness on the in-game photos. Barely visible junk. Is my new Kinect broken - DOA? Or are all Kinects like this?
Also, when I play the Raving Rabbids demo which is supposed to be augmented reality overlayed on a video feed of my room, again, just darkness with a barely visible me. I won't even purchase this game because the demo sucks so much. (I'm thinking about renting it though - wondering if the demo code is only half baked and the real game is better?)
HOWEVER - Video Kinect (the video conferencing app) works quite well. The lighting and color seem much better here - not HD by any means, but usable. So what the heck is wrong with the color camera in games? Is Microsoft keeping something from programmers so that the photos and video in-game are terrible? I don't get it.
And of course, the IR sensor itself works perfectly. So the gameplay is unaffected, but the value-add part is totally wasted to me. Why have this cheap useless camera in the unit? Why not spend $15 more on a better part Microsoft? And by the way, there should probably be a class-action lawsuit filed against Microsoft for totally fraudulent advertising. The "pictures" that come from Kinect Adventures in the ads and pictures and videos are a total lie. There's no way that Kinect would put out such clear pictures. And also the same with the Raving Rabbids video trailer how it shows perfect clarity in the augmented reality. Unless they did that in a house with 1,000 watts of lighting, I highly doubt it's real.