Microsoft not keen on Nyko's Kinect Zoom lens

Fan of Kinect, but don’t have quite enough room to run around your living room? Japanese hardware developer Nyko has come to your aid.

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.

Nyko Zoom

The Nyko Zoom lens for Kinect

…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.

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