Kinect for Xbox One Also Coming to PC

Shacknews has learned that the new Kinect 2.0 device bundled with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One won't be an exclusive to the console, and will be offered for the PC as well. Kinect program manager Scott Evans relayed the news to the site, promising that more information will be revealed soon. That said, we expect to hear more at E3 2013 next month.

This is certainly good news given that Microsoft didn't release Kinect for Windows until early 2012, a little over one year after the device was launched on the Xbox 360. Shacknews speculates that Microsoft may use the same release pattern for Kinect 2.0 although Microsoft's previous hesitance was due to wanting to keep Kinect an Xbox 360 exclusive. However enthusiasts used Kinect on the PC nonetheless, and soon Microsoft caved in and released an unofficial SDK followed by a commercial version.

On Tuesday Xbox's UK marketing director Harvey Eagle told IGN that the new console will not function without a Kinect connection in "all cases". He also said that Xbox One owners will be able to play in the bedroom. "We use the living room almost as a moniker - that's where we assume the best screen is in the house," he said. "But if you like to play in any other room in the house, the Xbox One will deliver the same quality of experience whatever the environment."

Kinect 2.0 is also reportedly capable of detecting a user's current heart rate by examining his/her skin color and transparency. It also keeps track of different player profiles by linking them to a specific controller. When Player One swaps controllers with Player Two, the new console can recognize which profile is the new Player One.

Kinect 2.0 sports a 1080p RGB camera, a huge improvement from the VGA sensor used in the original Kinect. It also processes two gigabits of data per second to accurately read the user's environment, and allows for six "skeletons" to fit in the frame at once. The field of view is 60-percent better than the first generation, and the minimum object threshold is 2.5 times better than before.

  • jn77
    Didn't they announce this back in 2011?
  • atminside
    LOL, so will all future PC windows based games require Kinect as well? That would be too funny if that were ture....but not really
  • TheBigTroll
    id like to see how this is useful in playing fps games
  • griptwister
    They should remove the E from One and switch the O and the N and just call it the "Xbox No"
    Because I hate Msft and what they're doing to gaming. Its not an xbox, it's a Wii-Vo
  • bull22
    I barely see the point of Kinect for Xbox other than kid or group games, therefore I really have no purpose for it on my PC.
  • DRosencraft
    Kinect for PC would be interesting to see/use. Being that I have no interest for Kinect otherwise, and no interest in the Xbox One, this is at least something I will pay attention to.
  • sporkimus
    Microsoft's latest push for Windows 8? Using Kinect to interact with your desktop without having a touchscreen.
  • shafe88
    So is this Microsoft's new plan to get rid of the keyboard and mouse since windows 8 failed to do so. So with Kinect coming to pc, will the next version of windows have three different UI's instead of two, one for keyboard/mouse, one for touch screen and now one for Kinect.
  • SirGCal
    Since the 'One is just a PC, makes sense to clean up more $ while they can...
  • anxiousinfusion
    I think I'd rather use leap motion.