Verify Computer Performance
Unsure if the Kinect will function well with your system specifications?
No worries! Follow the steps below to verify your computer performance before you start capturing.
1) Install the Kinect Configuration Verifer Tool
2) Plug in the Kinect to your computer and open the Kinect Verifier Tool.
3) Ideally, all sections should be checked green for best performance, with the exception of the USB Controller (you can disregard the yellow warning). If the Verifier indicates a warning, follow the steps below.
Important Note: You cannot run the Kinect Configuration Verifier while you are running Depthkit, as you will find that the depth/color streams may not show up in Depthkit when both apps are active. With this in mind, once your Kinect performance is confirmed, close the verifier before you open Depthkit.
The Kinect Verifier indicates that my sensor is not connected or there is a warning in the depth/color streams.
Make sure you have your sensor connected to your computer via a USB-3.1 / USB-C (gen 2) port. Gen 2 ports have a much higher data transfer rate and will promote a more stable connection and data stream from your depth sensor. If you computer does not have a USB 3.1 (gen 2) port, try a USB to USB-C adapter.
The Kinect Verifier indicated that my framerate is fluctuating in the Verify Kinect Depth and Color Streams section.
This may be due to new Intel CPUs and their power saving features.
1) Double click the registry file here that will change these power saving settings. Important: This registry file will lower your computer battery performance.
2) You may also need to disable your USB power saving settings. You can find this going to your Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound and then select Power Options. In this menu, click Change plan settings on your power plan.
3) In the next menu, select Change advanced power settings.
4) Under USB settings, select USB selective suspend setting and disable.
I’m still experiencing performance issues. What next?
Make sure you don't have too many applications running in the background. To check this out, open up your Task Manager and click the Performance tab. If your CPU and GPU are over allocated, you may need to quit the other applications to increase Depthkit performance.
You can identify which applications are using up your performance in the Processes tab of the Task Manager. Click on CPU to view the allocation of CPU usage and what programs need to be closed to help performance.
Once the background applications are closed, you will see reduced utilization rates as seen in the example below.