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Use Kinect gestures while seated

Best practices

Most Kinect games require that you stand while playing. However, you can use gestures to control the Xbox Dashboard while you are seated. Learn how to use Kinect with the Xbox Dashboard.

Troubleshooting seated gestures

The latest console software includes improvements for better hand tracking when you’re sitting. If Kinect is having a hard time tracking your gestures, try some of tips below.

Sit up straight

Sit up straight and face forwards, so Kinect can see your hands, shoulders and head. Have your palms face the sensor when you’re using gestures.

If you have a deep or high-backed chair, Kinect might have trouble differentiating between the chair and your arms and shoulders. Sitting up and facing forwards in your chair should improve tracking.

Keep your play space clear

Make sure there is at least 1.8 m (6 feet) of empty space between the sensor and you. For example, if you have a footrest or table with objects on it between you and the sensor, this can prevent Kinect from seeing you.

Optimise your sensor placement

Make sure the sensor is positioned 0.6 m to 1.8 m (2 to 6 feet) from the floor.

Make sure the sensor is positioned 0.6 m to 1.8 m (2 to 6 feet) from the floor. Ideally, the sensor should be within 6 inches (15 cm) above or below your TV.

Note Because Kinect only needs to see your head, arms and torso when you’re seated, you might be able to sit closer to the sensor than you would for standing gameplay.

Run the Kinect Tuner

Here’s how:

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller.
  1. Go to Settings, and then select Kinect Tuner.
  2. Select Tracking and follow the on-screen instructions.

Try standing up

If you’re still having problems using gestures while seated, try standing up to see if gestures work while standing.

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