Microsoft Plans to Support Kinect for PC – Sometime
Kinect is a big freakin’ deal on the Xbox 360 (even if it does cause Red Rings of Death — maybe), with Microsoft having shipped something like 8 million of them across the globe. Those are some huge numbers, and the little gesture control device has programmers hacking away at it, doing some really amazing thing with the technology. So with all the attention paid to Kinect, the question is, when is Microsoft going to start supporting it on PCs?
The answer to that is, apparently, all in good time. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the BBC in an interview that Microsoft is going to support a PC Kinect. In fact, he said the company would “support that in a formal way at the right time.
We found out this week that the company that makes the Kinect, PrimeSense, is making a gesture controller for multimedia on PCs, and gesture gaming controls are in development or already finished from third-party peripheral makers. So if Microsoft’s “right time” isn’t “right now,” it ought to be.