Rumor: Kinect to support PC games

By on December 21, 2010, 5:09 PM
Microsoft is officially going to support the Kinect motion controller on the PC, at least that's what the rumor mill is saying. The information comes from Korean developer GamePrix, which says its upcoming PC-only MMORPG, Divine Souls, will support gaming pads making "it resemble console games even more, and is scheduled to support Kinect, a new control system of Xbox360."

"Kinect will soon be available as a new controller so it might be supported like joy pad mode in the future," GamePrix's Jason Lim said in a statement to IncGamers. "Currently in MS, there are many game companies that are trying to apply for this system." The implication is that Divine Souls won't be the only game for the PC that supports the Kinect.

The game's trailer, embedded above, has a catchphrase: "your console will be jealous." It's quite clear that the game is not coming to the Xbox 360, so the Kinect mention is indeed for the PC. Divine Souls is already available for free in beta form in North America, but Kinect support has not yet been added, so those who want to start playing now will have to deal with more conventional controls.

There are a few reasons why we're placing this one neatly into the rumor box. First off, the source is hardly reliable: something tells us that a bigger game developer than GamePrix would get first dibs on something as significant as this. We would have heard about it elsewhere first. Microsoft is a big company and even phenomenal sales are not enough to change the corporation's strategy. In order for the software giant to officially support a huge platform like Windows, it has to do a lot of planning and development.

Secondly, Microsoft's strategy for Kinect never included the PC. Sure, Bill Gates said he would want to see it on Windows one day, but other than that Microsoft made sure to emphasize that this was an Xbox 360 add-on. When the Kinect hacking community erupted, enabling anyone with a little technical knowledge to use the Kinect with more than just the Xbox 360, Microsoft spent a little while condemning the practice before turning around and embracing it.

Last but not least, there are technical limitations. Microsoft would have to write more than just basic drivers; the company would need to develop and maintain software that covers all possible scenarios for the add-on's use with Windows. Furthermore, the Kinect requires quite a bit of space, which most people have in front of their TV but not in front of their PC.

We think it's more likely that Divine Souls will unofficially support the Kinect on the PC, much like a certain more risqué game is planning on doing. Microsoft may decide to flip the switch and support Windows officially at one point, but right now is not the time.





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Cota Cota said:

PC tres Xbox menos uno.

About time some said it on a PC game.

nismo91 said:

and how many inches my PC LCD has to be? 20-24 aren't exactly big enough with great resolution (small fonts).

Guest said:

It's easy enough to setup an HDTV as PC monitor through an HDMI cable. It's a 32" LED HDTV that I use on a daily basis as a PC, watching movies, console gaming etc and everything I use for it looks gorgeous on it, it sure beats my old 24" LG LCD monitor.The only issue I have for something like Kinect on PC is space if you live in small place.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

It's easy enough to setup an HDTV as PC monitor through an HDMI cable. It's a 32" LED HDTV that I use on a daily basis as a PC, watching movies, console gaming etc and everything I use for it looks gorgeous on it, it sure beats my old 24" LG LCD monitor.The only issue I have for something like Kinect on PC is space if you live in small place.

Very easy indeed. Problem is, many already have HTPCs they have bought or built. How many of those do you suppose have more than the very basic GPUs needed to decode and push their HD media? Most off-the-shelf HTPC systems use embedded graphics solutions, to cut down on power consumption and heat, while staying in a nice tidy little package. And throwing a gaming capable nVidia or AMD card into most HTPC cases is impossible as well - if you are lucky enough to have a slot available, you probably can't fit anything more than a low profile or half-length card in. And then the lack of cooling will probably kill it before you get far...

Or, you can just lug your full-on gaming rig to your media room, but how long would that last for hardcore gamers? "Honey, I need to watch Real Housewives of Cleveland, can you turn off that silly game of yours?" I could see divorce rates climbing

Luckily, my HTPC is a full PC with a large enough case... I was planning ahead (MMOs and Crysis from the couch! woohoo!).

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