So...Microsoft finally has squashed that Red Circle of Death "feature" for the XBOX 360 <cough> **** poor quality control <cough> poorly engineered console <cough><cough> and now the Kinect apparently has trouble with facial recognition of black people.
Apparently poor environmental lighting is to blame. Last I checked CCD chips didn't need much light. As a professional in CCTV system designer Microsoft's claim sounds like bunk.
My take on this is that Microsoft didn't learn their lesson from their mess up with the base system and they have decided to once again push a product onto store shelves for the christmas rush and to hell with quality.
Nintendo must be laughing their butts off.