Kinect won’t require power cable to run on older Xbox 360s
If you’re one of those who own an old Xbox 360 model and think that a extra power cable will be neccessary for Kinect to function properly with your console. Think again because we bring good news for you.
For several weeks, gamers have been confused as to how the power cable can be procured for Kinect to function properly with their console. Supplied with the camera? Sold separately? Taking advantage of these, some online retailers have even started selling cables for around $50 in their shop advertising the need to buy one if you want Kinect to work with your Xbox 360 Elite Pro or Arcade.
Well, Gamersmint can confirm that these power cable sold by those retailers is NOT required for Kinect to function with your console. Each box of Kinect comes bundled with theÂ necessaryÂ equipment to run on any model of Xbox 360, including an adapter that will serve as a source of power for the older Xbox 360 models and can be connected to one of the three USB ports of your console.
If that’s still vague for you, let me break it down properly for you -
Microsoft has confirmed that people owning older models of Xbox 360s would require a second cable for power that will plug into one of your power outlets. BUT that does not mean you will have to buy it extra.
The Xbox 360 Slim has a special Kinect port on the back aswell as an additional USB port. The Kinect port on the newer models is essentially a USB port which serves as a power outlet and allows Kinect to derive power from the Xbox 360 itself instead of requring an outer power source. This is a simple process and hence Microsoft had advertised the Slims as being Kinect ready.
However, if you’re an owner of one of the Elites or older Arcades, the process isn’t much more complicated for you and you will absolutely NOT require anything which does not come bundled with Kinect. Just that instead of having one cable, you will have two cables! One will be the USB cable which connects Kinect to your Xbox 360 and the other will be a power cable that will connect Kinect to a outer power outlet as a normal USB cable isn’t capable of supplying the Kinect with adequate power to function properly. The outside power source is all that is required for Kinect to run smoothly with older models and the cable will come bundled with Kinect. It is as simple as that.
So there, now you know what you need to do when someone claims that a separate power cable is required to run Kinect with your dear Xbox 360, give them a kick in the ******