Rumor: Microsoft preparing Kinect SDK, drivers for Windows

By Emil ยท 10 replies
Jan 17, 2011
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  1. Microsoft will announce official Kinect support for PC in the coming months, and will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the sensor when plugged into a PC. Microsoft is currently preparing an official Kinect SDK and driver support for Windows PCs, which may be part of an upcoming Community Technical Preview of the company's XNA Game Studio tools, according to sources familiar with the plans cited by WinRumors.

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  2. fastvince

    fastvince TS Enthusiast Posts: 70   +19

    Good this mean the End of the Mouse ? It could read finger movements, so we would not need a mouse anymore.
  3. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Maybe in some later iteration, but not at this point. I see it as input device, not as a replacement input device.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    PC gamers use the mouse, so the mouse will stay. Besides, it's a fact that navigating using keyboard shortcuts is faster than any other method.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    I like my mouse and trackball. I think the Kinect is cool, but not practical.
  6. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

  7. fastvince

    fastvince TS Enthusiast Posts: 70   +19

    Yea..guess the mouse will be around for awhile longer......
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    Just another fad that will be around for 6-12 months until people get tired of flailing their arms to make their computer do what it could previously do with one click of the mouse. Then those Kinects will be collecting dust.
  9. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    Nothing is able to replace a mouse. I like mouses and keyboards more than those touchscreen and Kinect bullshits.
  10. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    To play devils advocate, touch screen phones were considered a fad, hell steve balmer mocked the idea outright and now look at them. My point is, i dont think Kinect or Motion detection technology in general is just a fad, it will continue to grow, especially since Microsoft are behind it. If Apple gets serious and jumps in, its gameover from there.
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Not until they damn well start selling touch keyboards ........

    Tom, to some extent I do agree with your point of view, but I think even MS doesn't really know at this moment in time what exactly Kinect can do, until then we will continue to buy mice and keyboards.

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