MEGATech Reviews – Pritect Privacy Cover for Xbox 360 Kinect Michael Kwan March 29, 2012 MEGATech Reviews Most of the time when we talk about gadgets and technology, the conversation turns to megapixels, gigahertz, and terabytes. That’s not the case here, but that doesn’t mean the discussion is any less worthy of our attention. The Pritect Cover by Catalyst Components seems like simple enough of a product, but it definitely serves a purpose. Let’s have a look at what it has to offer. Why Would I Want This? The Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 enables all kinds of wonderful motion-based gaming, as well as gesture-based controls. However, by Microsoft’s own admission, it is perfectly feasible for someone to hack into the system and effectively gain a real-time 3D view of your living room. These security threats can come from within Microsoft, as well as from the hacking community at large. And that’s where the Pritect Sensor Cover steps into the picture… or rather, this is where it obscures the picture. At its basest level, the Pritect is simply a custom-fitted cover for your Kinect. And that’s it. It blocks the infrared sensor and the dual cameras, effectively making it so that no one can see your living room. This does not interfere with the usual calibration process and the microphone remains accessible for audio commands. When you want to play some Dance Central, you simply slip off the cover. Even if the whole security and privacy issue doesn’t concern you, at the very least, the Pritect is a good way to protect the camera lenses on your Kinect. It also helps to keep the dust off. A Scupted Plastic Shell I suppose you could just as easily cover your Kinect with a towel or whatever else, that’s not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing solution and it may interfere with the microphones or calibration process. That’s partly why the Pritect is quite appealing too: its shape has been sculpted to fit perfectly around the Kinect. It takes on exactly the same lines with no extra bulges or bumps. There’s a small cutout window in the front for the Xbox 360 logo and the sides remain exposed. The cover even takes on the same glossy black plastic finish as the Kinect. Without paying too much attention, most people won’t even notice it’s there. Fit and Finish As mentioned above, the Pritect is sculpted to fit perfectly over the Kinect. There are some small pads on the inner lining to prevent you from scratching the Kinect sensor too. I perhaps would have liked if the fit was a little snugger, as it can be a little on the loose side, but considering that you’re not exactly moving your Kinect all over the place, it’s perfectly snug enough. This also means that it’s painless to slide the Pritect on and off as needed. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) Yes, it is plastic, but the quality of the plastic is no worse than the Xbox 360 itself. It’s robust enough and I don’t anticipate having any real issues down the line in terms of wear and tear. Considering the slightly looser fit, that’s probably a good thing too. If it were snugger, there’s a possibility of cracking with the added stress on the edges. The one natural caveat is that the Pritect likely won’t fit if you’re already using something like the Nyko Zoom with your Kinect sensor. That goes without saying. MEGATechie Protection or MEGATechie Paranoia? Considering that it sells for a paltry ten bucks, the Pritect Kinect Sensor Cover by Catalyst Components isn’t such a bad idea. Even if you’re not the kind of person to wear a tinfoil hat, you can recognize that there is a possibility of someone peering into your gaming room without your permission. Even that aside, the basic protection against dust and damage is useful on its own. It’s certainly a heck of a lot easier to slip the Pritect on and off as needed than to reach around to the back of your Xbox 360 to disconnect your Kinect when it’s not needed. And that doesn’t provide the dust protection either. Share This With The World!