The Nyko Zoom lens simply clips onto the front of your Kinect unit, and refocusses the device’s lenses in such a way that the space operating requirements are slashed by 40%.
The gadget was on show at E3, where it was gaining rave reviews as people took turns to dance much closer to a TV than they’d previously been able to. Yesterday, we learned that the Zoom would be reaching American shores in August, for $29.99, and presumably the rest of the world would follow.
…there’s just one problem. Microsoft doesn’t like it.
According to [surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/310675/news/ms-warns-against-kinect-zoom-modification/]CVG[/surl], the hardware manufacturer was somewhat less impressed than the rest of the gaming community, explaining that:
Kinect has been tested for performance, accuracy and environmental conditions thoroughly. Any modification can impact the overall performance of Kinect.
Nyko isn’t letting that stop the project – taking out a number of patents to protect its device and promising that the “first and only play space reduction lens for Kinect remains a mainstay of the Nyko line”.
The Japanese company is awfully proud of its new gadget – and rightly so – and releasing it without Microsoft‘s support was one thing. Now that MS has vocally disapproved of the Zoom, we’re still crossing our fingers that it still makes it to retail.