Microsoft Prepping Kinect Move to PC, Rumor Says

Rumor has it, Microsoft is working on software development kits to put the Kinect on PC in the next few months, just in time to compete for market share with a few other gesture-control systems headed to shelves.

Microsoft news site WinRumors has the story, which cites unnamed sources and says an SDK and drivers for the Kinect are being prepped for a beta release. This is just a week or so after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Kinect would make its way to the PC, but didn’t give a timetable or any details.

The report says third-party developers will be able to use the kit and drivers to create Kinect-enabled PC programs, and that includes games. You can expect that it’ll quickly be able to handle multimedia functionality, too, in order to take on Kinect developer PrimeSense’s PC-enabled multimedia controller.

Microsoft probably can’t get to get the PC Kinect onto shelves, since the Xbox 360 unit has shipped more than 8 million units. Meanwhile, plenty of people have already hooked their Kinects to PCs to do all kinds of awesome things — including play video games.

Via Joystiq.

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