Is The Xbox 360 Kinect Racist?

HP made headlines late last year when their webcams were called racist. Remember that? Yeah, the Kinect might carry the same club membership.

Early reviews and hands-on reports are dropping but a GameSpot report details how ” two dark-skinned GameSpot employees experienced problems with the system’s facial recognition abilities” while lighter-skinned employees had no issues. Since the Kinect is nothing more than a few webcams with fancy software, the explanation regarding HP’s webcam incident probably applies here. Isolated incident? Perhaps, but with the Kinect launching shortly, no doubt the Internet will erupt in a firestorm if it turns out to be true.