Microsoft CEO: Kinect to support PCs when the time is right

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has promised that the company will support Kinect for PCs sometime in the future. This is news that should make Bill Gates a very happy man. The motion controller is currently only officially supported for the Xbox 360, although it has been hacked and tweaked to work on pretty much any platform that can be plugged into via a USB port.

"We're trying to move beyond gaming to include the world of socialization, movies, TV, music, and we're trying to make the whole experience accessible to everybody in the family not just the traditional gamer." When the BBC asked Ballmer "Will you plug-in the Kinect to the PC, will you go for that in the near future?" he replied with "We'll support that in a formal way in the right time and when we've got an announcement to make we'll make it."

The news follows a rumor regarding the Kinect supporting PC games, software such as KinEmote which bring Kinect to Boxee and XBMC on Windows, and the launch of a Kinect-like controller for the PC by companies Asus and PrimeSense. Even without official PC support, the Kinect is selling exceptionally well: so far it has sold 8 million units in 60 days.


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