Microsoft gets Kinect ready for the PC

During Microsoft's keynote at CES this year, Ballmer mentioned that the company would be bringing support for the Xbox 360 motion controller, Kinect, to PCs "in the right time." This comes in response partly, and following the multitude of Kinect hacks that have brought Kinect to Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Earlier this month, Microsoft have looked into working Kinect in with Windows Phone 7, and merging the device into existing and future products to come out of Redmond. In terms of official support, that is all that has really been talked about so far, until mentioned recently by WinRumors.

Microsoft is understood to be creating a Kinect SDK, and releasing official drivers for Windows which will be unveiled in a few months to finally allow letting people work with it officially and begin developing titles for the device on Windows. Sources familiar with the plans say that the drivers will be released with the XNA "Community Technical Preview" with a beta tag.

The company is also expected to introduce motion control features in the next edition of their operating system, Windows 8. Microsoft have purchased 3D gesture company Canesta and 3DV systems which all deal in 3D gesture controls. Early in 2010, Windows 8 product slides were leaked showing new features including potential Kinect integration.

With Microsoft taking such a huge jump into this technology, it only makes sense that the company is looking for methods to incorporate this into existing and future products as they explore the realms of touch and gesture-based computing.

 

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I don't think we'll officially be able to plug in the Kinect sensors we already own, because they all have "XBOX 360" printed on them. For that reason alone, we'll probably have to buy another, similar sensor.

CalumCookable said,
I don't think we'll officially be able to plug in the Kinect sensors we already own, because they all have "XBOX 360" printed on them. For that reason alone, we'll probably have to buy another, similar sensor.

I don't think that's a good reason to think there is going to be another sensor without XBOX 360 printed on it. Here's why : you can use a wired XBOX 360 controller that has XBOX 360 printed on it on a Windows PC.

CalumCookable said,
I don't think we'll officially be able to plug in the Kinect sensors we already own, because they all have "XBOX 360" printed on them. For that reason alone, we'll probably have to buy another, similar sensor.

LOLWTF!

Awesome. I think this is going to be huge for Windows 8 because its something brand new for the User, something that was missing in Windows Vista when it hit the market. OS's cant just have their "look" upgraded they need to get new features in there. Its the only thing that makes normal consumers notice a product.

Do you imagine that the drivers written by the Kinect hackers are better than those released by Microsoft... Hahaha, that would be very funny.

Jose_49 said,
Do you imagine that the drivers written by the Kinect hackers are better than those released by Microsoft... Hahaha, that would be very funny.

That actually wouldnt as it has happened for many products.

Good, now someone can create my game for me: _StarTrek: Red Shirt Adventures_ where the WP7 phone can be used as a tricorder while exploring the worlds of Star Trek lore.

dotf said,
Good, now someone can create my game for me: _StarTrek: Red Shirt Adventures_ where the WP7 phone can be used as a tricorder while exploring the worlds of Star Trek lore.

I hope you aren't the red shirt...that would be one short game! Beam down, "captain I am getting a strange reading here"...red shirt dies, GAME OVER.

If anyone thought Microsoft brought Kinect out to the 360 without knowing how it would work with it's WM7 phones or with PC's you are crazy. They've had this hooked up for months.

ccoltmanm said,
If anyone thought Microsoft brought Kinect out to the 360 without knowing how it would work with it's WM7 phones or with PC's you are crazy. They've had this hooked up for months.

Yeah, I agree.