With the release of Xbox Kinect due in just over a week here in the UK there is a lot of interest in the product and confusion on what is included with the Kinect bundle in terms of a power supply / power source.
Those with new slim versions of the Xbox 360 connect Kinect via a special port on the back of the console but anyone with an older none slim console such as the Elite, Arcade, Premium (20GB, 60GB) will not have the required port on the rear of their console.
Some sites are claiming that an additional power supply is required to run Kinect and that it is not included with the pack, this is incorrect information.
We have received a number of queries and emails about this issue and have received the following from Xbox Customer Support to confirm the situation:
Thank you for contacting Xbox Support.
To answer your question, there is no other accessory required to use the Kinect sensor with an original Xbox 360 console.
The Kinect sensor stand alone package , includes the following:
. Kinect USB/Power cable
. WiFi Extension cable (if using the Xbox Wireless Networking Adapter)
NOTE – The Kinect sensor must be connected to the back USB port of the Original Xbox 360 console using the Kinect USB/Power cable.
NOTE – If you have an original Xbox 360 console with no hard drive, you should also attach a storage device with at least 256 MB free space. You can use an Xbox 360 Hard Drive, Xbox 360 Memory Unit, or a USB flash drive.
Connecting the Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter
If you’re using an Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter that’s already connected to the back USB port, you’ll need to disconnect its USB cable and reconnect it to a front USB port using the WiFi extension cable provided with the Kinect sensor.
If anyone has any further questions related to Kinect then feel free to add a comment below and we will do our best to address them.
For more information see our Kinect guide.