If it is not possible for you to place your Kinect right next to your XBox 360 console, you have to go for an extension cable. The official solution provided by Microsoft is the “XBox 360 Kinect Extension Cable” that is available at a price of $49.99 on the Microsoft website but is available for less – $40 – from Amazon.
There is a problem to this. Firstly, the solution is expensive. Also, Microsoft recommends the distance to be less than 10 feet citing performance degradation.
In case you find Microsoft’s option too pricey or if you have to get a longer extension cable, then Kinect customers have now been suggesting quite a few alternatives.
USB 2.0 Booster extension cable – Priced at $39.99 and can extend up to 39 feet
USB 2.0 Active Extension Repeater Cable – Priced at $14.83 and extends up to 32 feet (10 meters)
So do longer extension cables cause performance degradation? Microsoft says it does. In fact Microsoft does not recommend the use of any of these USB extensions. But then, from I hear from Kinect users who have tried these options above, there does not seem to any lag whatsoever.