Nintendo were first to bring motion controllers to the home gaming consoles with the Wii, but Sony and Microsoft have since brought us their take on the feature. The Xbox 360 has had the Kinect which has proven a major success for the company, and ever since the start of the year the company has hinted the technology will be coming for PCs as well. Today we can tell you that Microsoft confirm that new Kinect hardware is incoming for Windows PCs.
According to Ubergizmo the company is designing hardware that is specially designed to connect with PCs that are running the Windows operating system. The current Kinect could be used with a PC, but the new models will be better designed with new hardware components and firmware so it will work better with PCs.
There will also be new upgrades to the Windows SDK and run time, and the new equipment is set to contain features and functionality that developers have been requesting. Back in the summer Microsoft released a Beta for developers to build applications for the Kinect on Windows.
Some of the changes will include a shorter USB cable and a dongle that will enhance coexistence with other USB equipment. The new firmware will also allow the camera to view objects as near as 50cm without losing any accuracy or precision. This is called the “Near Mode” and is thought will bring a variety of new close up applications to the device, which could be used in a range of different places besides the living room.
Will you get the Kinect for your Windows PC?