Can You Hook Up Kinect to a First Generation Xbox 360?

By Melly Parker

The Kinect has to be set up properly to function.
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Kinect enables you to play motion-based games on your Xbox. It was first released in 2010, the same years that the Xbox 360 S console was released. While it was originally designed for use with the S console, it can be used with both the E console and the first generation Xbox 360 console.


The Kinect doesn't require any special plugs or adapters to connect to the first generation Xbox 360 console. As long as you have the cords that are included with the stand-alone Kinect device, you can use it. Depending on how you have your first generation Xbox 360 and its peripherals hooked up, you may need to rearrange the USB connections when you hook up the Kinect.


The Kinect comes with a cable that splits into two separate plugs. One is a USB plug and the other is a power plug. To hook it up to the original Xbox 360 console, plug the USB cord into the back of the console and the power plug into an outlet. If another device is in the USB port on the back of the console, move it to one of the USB ports on the front.


Wherever you put your Kinect, it needs to both reach your Xbox console and be able to scan your entire body. It should be placed on a flat surface where it directly faces the space where you'll play and stand. Microsoft recommends placing it between two feet and six feet from the floor and about six inches above or below the television. Keep it on a flat surface, away from direct sunlight and at least one foot away from audio speakers.


The software on Xbox 360 consoles isn't automatically ready for Kinect. Your sensor should come with a Kinect-enabled video game. Place it in the disc holder of the console and start the game. You should be signed into Xbox Live so that you have an Internet connection. The Xbox prompts you to install new software to support the Kinect.