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Rare: Kinect does work in small lounges

Microsoft studio dismisses concern that camera requires six feet of space to operate

Kinect Sports developer Rare has played down worries about the size of room required by upcomin Xbox 360 motion controller Kinect.

In July online shop Amazon revealed Kinect requires six feet of space between the player and their television, fueling much debate as to its effectiveness in small rooms.

However, Rare's senior software engineer Nick Burton said the issue has been blown out of proportion.

"With all of these things you look at them and you go, 'No!'," Burton told sister site Eurogamer.net.

"The camera configures itself, basically, when you set it up. Now, obviously, if you've only got that much space [makes a small space between his hands] between your TV there's just not enough space for you to physically fit in the frame of the camera so you need to stand back a little bit.

"But it's not like, 'Hey, look at me over here,' and you're in a massive living room. We live in England."

Kinect launches in the UK on 10th November.

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