Matt Farrington-Smith
01/08/2011 16:50 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Chat with Video Kinect on Xbox 360

Use Video Kinect on Xbox LIVE to chat with your friends on Windows Live Messenger.

Chat with your Messenger friends using Video Kinect on Xbox 360.

Video Kinect on Xbox. Chat with your friends on Windows Live Messenger. Image Microsoft

How does it work?

Video Kinect offers users the ability to engage in video chat through their Xbox 360.

This is what Microsoft has to say about the technology behind it:

"Kinect's new smart cameras do a lot more than an ordinary computer webcam, automatically panning, zooming, and physically tilting up and down to follow you around the room while you chat. And if another person walks into the viewing area, the camera automatically reframes the shot to fit everyone in."

Chatting through Video Kinect on Xbox LIVE gives you the same full-screen experience as you get using Windows Live Messenger on your PC. The ingenious Windows Live Messenger hookup means Video Kinect lets you talk to all your friends and family who aren't necessarily on Xbox LIVE.

No headsets or controllers required

Video Kinect uses the Kinect's camera and inbuilt microphone meaning there's no need for additional controllers or headsets.

Any Kinect-enabled Xbox with Xbox LIVE Gold membership can take advantage of video chat. As well as talking with your friends on Windows Live Messenger, you can also chat with other Video Kinect users.

Video Kinect is smoothest when you have good room lighting. If the video is not smooth, try increasing your room lighting. Additionally, Video Kinect works best if you and your friend have a high-speed Internet connection (at least 540 Kbps), with 700 Kbps being the optimal speed recommended by Xbox.

Chat with your friends on Windows Live Messenger using Video Kinect on your Xbox.

Chat with your friends on Windows Live Messenger using Video Kinect on your Xbox.


By default the Xbox 360's built-in Family Settings mean your chats are always safe and secure.

Should further tweaking be required - you can adjust and choose settings to add things like time limits, safe chat friend lists and more.

How to get it

Video Kinect is available to Xbox LIVE Gold members and can be found on your dashboard.

Go to My Community and then select Video Kinect.
Choose to download Video Kinect.

Once downloaded, you can start Video Kinect from My Community or the Kinect Hub.

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