Kinect coming to PC, apparently

Kinect is coming to PC, apparently. According to GamePrix, its latest MMORPG, Divine Souls will support gaming pads which will ultimately make it "resemble console games even more, and is scheduled to support Kinect", the new hands free control system of Xbox 360.

The Korean developer would be the first to get official support if the rumours are true but in a statement to IncGamers, company representative Jason Lim said "Kinect will soon be available as a new controller so it might be supported like joy pad mode in the future," He later was quoted saying "Currently in MS, there are many game companies that are trying to apply for this system."

If what Lim said is true, Kinect should support various other PC games. The problem is, Kinect requires quite a sizeable amount of space and a PC isn't exactly the best place to get that. That would mean Microsoft would may have to tweak Kinect in order to suit.

Although Bill Gates once said he hoped Kinect would one day come to PC, a month after its release date doesn't seem exactly practical to launch onto another platform. Additional to that, Microsoft has always insisted Kinect to be an add-on to the Xbox 360, so even if PC support was a option it would be more likely in the distant future.

Divine Souls is currently available in beta for the US and Canada, although as expected lacks Kinect support.

Although it doesn't really make sense for Microsoft to make such a move, GamePrix could be telling the truth (after all, they did confirm it) just with an added twist - it could be that Divine Souls will support Kinect unofficially.

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Not surprised and I figured this would happen. Its sold so well for the 360 that the PC was obviously the next platform to use it on.

Benjy91 said,
Well they did call it Kinect "For Xbox 360" for a reason I'm guessing.

Because when they considered naming it Kinect "For the PS3" it might have mislead customers.

It was released for the XBox first because the original basis of the Kinect technologies were designed for game interaction, and with MS having a solid Game console, it was a good plan to take advantage of it.

The XBox is also a clean process for fast initial software title development without worry about end user hardware capabilities.

The XBox hardware is consistent so the important tracking software has a powerful and identical set of processing available by focusing on the XBox initially.

Imagine someone hooking a Kinect up to a Netbook, that doesn't have the CPU or GPU computing needed to properly handle the tracking software. (Sadly, even many middle of the road laptops and desktops still don't have the computing power or hardware features of the XBox.)

So, this gives the initial release a very good consistent experience on hardware that can handle the tracking technology without much effort.

So when you think about it, the focus and initial XBox target makes a lot of sense. Especially in hindsight, as it has paid off with good sales and a consistent experience for users that has created a very good public perception of the device.

Edited by thenetavenger, Dec 24 2010, 5:20am :

I ll wait for second gen if this happends, they need higher definition video cameras, to detect finger movements betters, I can see great potential in this, not just for gaming, as another device to use for navigation instead of a mouse, imagine the possibilities.

carson2255 said,
I ll wait for second gen if this happends, they need higher definition video cameras, to detect finger movements betters, I can see great potential in this, not just for gaming, as another device to use for navigation instead of a mouse, imagine the possibilities.

they will just need to update the current firmware !

carson2255 said,
I ll wait for second gen if this happends, they need higher definition video cameras, to detect finger movements betters, I can see great potential in this, not just for gaming, as another device to use for navigation instead of a mouse, imagine the possibilities.

The camera in the current Kinect is fully capable of finger and hand recognition.

It is when used on the XBox that it does not saturate the USB bandwidth and provide the full infrared camera resolution to the XBox which processes the image. A simple flip of a switch can change this, as the hardware is already full capable of supply the full resolution image.

However, I would not be surprised to a Kinect for the PC that incorporates an HD camera for video conferencing, as the non-infrared camera in the current Kinect is 640x480 (VGA). Especially when MS has been pushing and selling 1080p video conferencing cameras for PC users that work with Live Messenger and other video conferencing software that can handle 1080p HD video chatting.

However, if you have an XBox and are worried the current version is limited in tracking resolution, don't be, it is already in the device.

FMH said,
Kinect+PC will happen when Windows 8 comes. Not before that fellas!

The company that manufactured the hardware have already release official windows and linux drivers...

FMH said,
Kinect+PC will happen when Windows 8 comes. Not before that fellas!

And you know that because? Your friends with Bill Gate?

TruckWEB said,

And you know that because? Your friends with Bill Gate?


According to some leaked slides, Windows 8 will have built-in functionality revolving around the Kinect technology. Windows 7 was not mentioned.

FMH said,
Kinect+PC will happen when Windows 8 comes. Not before that fellas!

Using Kinect to navigate the Windows UI will happen when Win8 comes out.

Using Kinect for games or applications can happen at anytime...

FMH said,

According to some leaked slides, Windows 8 will have built-in functionality revolving around the Kinect technology. Windows 7 was not mentioned.

Again this in reference to using Kinect as an HID for the OS, it has nothing to do with applications or games taking advantage of Kinect before then.

Controlling your desktop Windows with Kinect is something that will be inherent in Win8, but this does not preclude Kinect being used for other things.

It also doesn't mean Microsoft won't incorporate the Win8 Kinect features into Win7, and it also doesn't mean Microsoft won't release Kinect HID features for Win7 before Win8 releases.

The only thing that we know for sure is that MS wants Win8 to have inherent Kinect HID and UI features.

Using just the touch API system in Win7, Kinect can already be used, and there is no reason MS couldn't drop out an official touch HID driver for Kinect at anytime for even this level of interaction already in Win7.

any one else preying for guns with blanks that are geared up as a controller along with massive projections of games?

Call of duty: Real Combat (couldn't host at home unless you had lots of money) but being able to feel recoil and actually get involved.... the day is coming!!!

Emperatoor said,
Can't wait to see it Kinect is great

I'm sure it works awesomely on a large screen like your TV, but stick it on a monitor that's on a desk someplace and you're not very likely to achieve the same result. Especially with motion controls that require moving your feet and all that, thus forcing you to be a decent bit further away from the screen than you normally are.

Too bad Divine Souls isn't very fun and laggy. Please don't let a KR developer like that get it first... =/

Advertise it properly and please don't try to figure out a way to bundle that GFWL crap with it.

Very good idea, although with the current X360 version hacked to work on PC already, lets hope it doesn't hurt sales.

Raa said,
Very good idea, although with the current X360 version hacked to work on PC already, lets hope it doesn't hurt sales.

They are just adding to the market range (anyone with one, wouldn't buy another anyway). This is good for people who thought it would be dumb for xbox, or don't have an xbox.

Xerax said,

They are just adding to the market range (anyone with one, wouldn't buy another anyway). This is good for people who thought it would be dumb for xbox, or don't have an xbox.

Unless it's someone that really liked it on the Xbox and wants the functionality on their PC also.

Ironman273 said,

Unless it's someone that really liked it on the Xbox and wants the functionality on their PC also.

I covered that, they would just use the one from their xbox.

Xerax said,

I covered that, they would just use the one from their xbox.

If you used it on both the Xbox and PC regularly it would be very annoying to go back and forth between the two - especially if you don't have a slim. You have to hook up the power cable to an outlet each time, too.

I just want to use it sitting down in front of my multi-monitors, ala MINORITY REPORT. Hands only is just fine by me as a Windows 7 interface control, oh yes! 8)