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

By Emil ยท 14 replies
Jan 10, 2011
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  1. 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.

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  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,671   +988

    Ballmer is a clever businessman and I'm sure he'll say whatever needs to be said to please PC gamers. Despite of numerous announcements of how they want to 'revive PC gaming', saying Microsoft has neglected the PC as a true gaming platform in the past few years is an understatement IMO. I will believe it when I see it.
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    the games development on the 360 are not that fast either. im getting bored of my kinect that i get rid of it with the 360 completely. wonder when will 'the time is right' for PC? certainly not that quick either. beside, i don't have that large LCD to begin with. i tried playing the kinect on my old 19" LCD and i rather not play.
  4. They don't want to past away the kinnect torch from the xbox to the pc.
  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    The time won't be right until they can work out just what they'll actually do with the Kinect on a PC. Casual gaming is most definitely out of the question. I can see the first use they'll find for it being an alternative to touchscreen, using hand gestures and whatever instead of the mouse, and then a bunch of gimmicky games aimed at "serious" gamers. Then the hype will die down, people will stop caring and move on.
  6. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    In small words:
    We agree that PC gaming has more potential than our old Xbox 360, so we will start moving the Kinect to the PC, but slowly... since we want to make some more money with our old tech console.
  7. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    One thing that people may be missing in this whole Kinect debacle, is that Microsoft may not have gaming intentions for the Kinect on PC. I personally believe that Windows 8 will come with "gesture controls". But how do you get your average person (with relatively low intelligence) to use gestures instead of mouse and keyboard? You train them on the XBOX 360 to do gestures that make contextual sense. That's why I don't see the Kinect as an answer to the Wii, (like the PS Move), but just the beginning of a larger objective: To make computing more interactive.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Maybe they're afraid that these low intelligence people will poke themselves in the eye with their thumb and sue. I always thought an average person had average intelligence.
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Call me pessimistic, but "when the time is right"= when sales start slumping badly for the device on XBox360. At that point they'll likely release a "PC compatible" version of the device with an upgraded firmware. If we the consumers win the proverbial jackpot, Microsoft will release a free firmware update tool to update existing Kinect cams, assuming they don't add any new hardware to the device, but I do not intend to hold my breath. =)
  10. ljeffries56

    ljeffries56 TS Rookie

    I will wait and see if Madden football and 2K basketball will we release before I will buy it.
  11. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Average intelligence has dropped due to inadequate education systems, instant gratification, and rampant self-absorbed consumerism.
  12. You people have obviously not seen what hacked kinets can do. It is going to be the death of keyboards mice and controllers.
  13. emmzo

    emmzo TS Booster Posts: 142   +37

    The device is obviously good for Minority Report style browsing, scrolling, zooming in and out, etc. and perfect for Windows interface or other similar apps, but I just don`t see it as an ultimate gadget for a serious PC gamer. I`ve seen the video of that guy playing WoW and if he`d continued for a couple of minutes he`d`ve passed out. I`d say let the keyboard and mouse do what they do best and use kinect for things that they can`t do.
  14. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    The death of the mouse and keyboard won't happen for a very long time.
  15. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Nah, I just think the stupid people are getting more airtime. We insist on catering to the lowest common denominator rather than embracing the ability of people to rise to the occasion.

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