Microsoft announced that it will bundle the next-generation Kinect with its new Xbox One console, but it turns out the device is for more than just playing video games. The company allegedly plans to launch its motion-based gaming peripheral for PCs as well.
“We will bring this to PC,” Scott Evans, Microsoft’s Kinect program manager, reportedly said to Shack News. “We will have more information soon.”
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, considering Kinect for Windows debuted about one year after the first-generation Kinect was released. There’s no word on whether or not this revamped Kinect will launch alongside the new Xbox or if Microsoft plans to release it separately at a later date.
The new Kinect, which comes with a 1080p HD RGB camera with 30 FPS color and Time of Flight technology, will be an integral part of the Xbox One. In fact, the Xbox One requires a Kinect in order to function, since its motion and voice-controlled technology plays a role in how users will navigate the console’s interface.
Kinect for Windows is just one example of how gesture-based technology is beginning to play a larger role in PC usage. The Leap Motion controller that is slated to ship this summer brings a similar motion-tracking functionality to laptops and mobile devices. HP and Leap Motion also announced earlier this year that its touchless technology will be built directly into select HP devices.