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:
- Maximize Your Space: Do whatever you can to squeeze a few more inches out of your play space. Things like wall-mounting your TV or changing the orientation of your living room can give you enough space to play without problems.
- Make Furniture Mobile:You need empty space to play Kinect, but the space doesn't need to stay empty. If couches and coffee tables are getting in your way, make them moveable. Put your table on casters or lay a few furniture moving pads underneath your sofa's legs.
- Configure Different Play Spaces:If space is really tight or you have an oddly shaped living room, you might have to set up multiple play spaces in your apartment. Set your Kinect sensor on a swivel mount and you can turn it to face a different area where there's more room for soccer kicks or to toss your arm out for the javelin throw.