Xbox Live Vision

Xbox Live Vision

Written by John Yan on 9/1/2006 for 360  

When I got home today, I found a small package from Microsoft sitting on my desk. I wasn't expecting anything from them that's for sure but upon opening the package I found the Xbox Live Vision camera that's due out September 19th.

Xbox Live Vision

The camera's in the white design that fits well with the Xbox 360's branding. The ring of light appears on the camera as well on the front when it's in use. This will give you a visual cue that the camera is activated. I was suprised at how small the camera is. The base has a square rubber piece on the bottom to help prevent slipping while the lense is mounted on the base via an adjustable arm. The arm allows you to adjust the angle it's facing. You can also turn the camera left and right.  The lense has a rotatable piece at the end whereby you can adjust the focus. Specs are 640x480 video at 30 frames per second and still photos at 1.3 megapixels.

The cord is very generous in length so you shouldn't have trouble hooking it up to the rear USB port. Since it's a USB connection, you can also use this camera on your PC. You'll need drivers though as I was prompted to install them when I plugged it into my computer.

My Xbox 360 recognized the camera right away and that setup area showed my face on the screen. Setting up is a piece of cake on the console and you'll be ready to show your mug in seconds.

The camera will come in two packages:

Xbox Live Vision
  • Xbox Live Vision camera
  • One-month trial Xbox Live Gold Membership
  • Xbox 360 Headset
  • Free downloads of UNO and TotemBall

12 Month Xbox Live Vision Gold Pack
  • Xbox Live Vision camera
  • Twelve month Xbox Live Gold Membership
  • Xbox 360 Headset
  • Free downloads of UNO, Robotron 2084, and TotemBall
  • 200 Microsoft Points
Some game that currently support the camrea are Bankshot Billiards 2, Texas Hold'em, Hardwood Hearts, and Hardwood Spades.

* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.

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