How to Maximize Fun in Minimal Space with the Kinect

How to Maximize Fun in Minimal Space with the Kinect

Taryn Williford
Jun 7, 2011

Want to get started with an XBox Kinect? First you'll need a 6-foot by 6-foot square in from of your TV clear of furniture and pets. Make it 8 feet if you want to play with two people. Doesn't sound like it'll work in your small cool space, huh? No problem. With the Nyko Zoom Kinect attachment (and a few of our small-space Kinect tips), you can get started playing with 40 percent less space to work with.

Until now, the Kinect game system has been spaceist. That's right. It unfairly discriminates against people who, because of our love for living in the heart of a bustling metropolis, have to live in small apartments. We don't have 6 inches to spare, let alone 6 feet.

But tech accessories manufacturer Nyko knows our pain. And now there's a solution.

The Nyko Zoom Kinect attachment clicks on to your XBox Kinect sensor, instantly reducing the required play space by up to 40 percent. If your space was only wide enough for one person, the Nyko Zoom will open up your living room to side-by-side, multi-player, motion-sensor gaming action. And the Zoom lets you play closer to your TV, too. So you can finally get a Kinect inside your narrow railroad apartment.

It uses no power, is barely noticeable on your Kinect and doesn't require any software installation. What could be better? Oh, a manageable price tag of $29.99.

The Nyko Zoom was just announced, so the release date is still just a mystery. Until then, you can try some of these tips to make more space in your tiny apartment for Kinect gaming:

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