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 forward, 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 forward in your chair should improve tracking.

Keep your play space clear

Make sure there are no objects between you and the sensor. 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.

Optimize your sensor placement

Make sure your Kinect sensor is 6 to 8 feet away (1.8 to 2.4 m) from you.

Position the sensor 2 to 6 feet (0.6 to 1.8 m) 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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