Next-Gen Kinect is Coming to Windows PCs

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Next-Gen Kinect is Coming to Windows PCs

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Interested in the next generation Kinect but don't want to have to join the console gaming peasants to experience it? Good news, you can still enjoy it from up on your PC gaming pedestal.

If you cut through the nerdrage surrounding Microsoft's inability to give concrete answers about the Xbox One's "always-online" requirement, and supposed pre-owned games fee, one of the more interesting tidbits announced in its Xbox One reveal event was a brand new Kinect that will come packaged with every console. It actually sounds pretty cool, and making sure that it is included in every box means that more developers should actually program games for it this time around.

But, what if you are interested in the new Kinect, but you are a part of the glorious PC gaming master race and don't want to sully yourself by associating with those filthy console gaming peasants? Good news, the next generation Kinect is coming to Windows PCs next year.

Both the new Kinect sensor for Xbox One and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. The sensor comes with HD color camera and a "noise-isolating multi-microphone array that filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms." If nothing else, it should make for a pretty fancy webcam to Skype your Grandma on.

The new infrared camera feature introduced with Xbox One's Kinect will also be included in the Kinect for Windows, allowing you to constantly wonder whether or not your PC is recording your daily habits to plot your eventual murder.

A development kit will be released ahead of the device's release some time next year. It wasn't specifically stated whether the Kinect for Windows and the Kinect for Xbox One will be cross-compatitble, but since the feature list is pretty much the same we can assume they will be. This should make porting games that feature Kinect to PC a lot easier on developers.

At the BUILD 2013 event in June, Microsoft will share details "about how developers and designers can begin to prepare to adopt these new technologies so that their apps and experiences are ready for general availability next year."

Source: Kinect for Windows Blog

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Just what I wanted! Maybe I can attach a Kinect to my laptop too!

I don't really think anyone would be interested in this, only people that "have to have" every gadget that comes along.

Would be interesting to see how many developers and consumers would take this on, considering you'd have to completely change your PC positioning and set up to have it in a comfortable position to actually use it.

Being serious, I like this. I believe that an enhanced Kinect can make for an experience unlike any we've seen so far. I can really imagine playing, for example, strategy game using the Kinect to manipulate the map, build units, and command my military. With just a wave of my hand, my will be done.
Now, the only problem I have with this is the issue of cost. I get that high-speed tech like this isn't going to come cheap, but I'm only willing to fork out so much, no matter the promise of what I could possibly do.

I can feel it.... The ground shaking.... the thousands of "gamers" running to grab their torches and pitchforks..

So Microsoft are putting out a new cam for your pc that will have some features tied to games. No doubt there will be some really cool things people do with this tech. I'll be fine with just the one on the X1 though.

So they're promising we can do with next-gen Kinect what they were flaunting on the the commercials several years ago? Okay.

Wait wha? Not being negative here, but wouldn't sitting infront of the kinect, as PC gaming is supposed to be, going to throw the kinect into an emotional fit?

So how much space is new kinect going to need? Because I have a small living room and an even smaller computer room. Besides didn't old kinect work with windows PCs after a fashion?

I wonder how hard it would be to combine this with the Oculus...
And if there will be Unity or UDK support.
Especially since my Oculus dev kit should arrive soon.

Anyone else wanna throw fireballs from their hands instead of by clicking their mouse?

It's too bad the oculus isn't wireless as far as I know.

Wait, seriously? Why? I didn't think this thing was all that popular on consoles, so why the hell would people who sit down to play their games on their PCs ever want one of these things for anything other than the voice command? Even then, it's already been stated that the thing recognizes your face, see in the dark, and can track your heart rate; but now it can follow your voice even in a room full of people!? This thing is fucking creepy!

Then again, I guess the average person who's uninformed on these things will get one anyway because it's just cool. You know, maybe instead of talking about how violence in videogames are supposedly affecting children, the news media should be covering how XBone's tech is basically Orwell's Big Brother moniters!

"Windows 9 will require Kinect to function."

Calling it now.

Good. Now how about Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Halo 4, etc.

Asclepion:
Good. Now how about Halo 3, Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Halo 4, etc.

Why do you want them to port mediocrity over to the PC? If you care about the storyline, there are plenty of YouTube videos. If you care about gameplay, there are dozens of better shooters out there.

Well it took 11 posts isn't that some sort of record or something? ^^^

Considering the interesting stuff people did with the current gen kinect on PC for handicapped people and the other interesting uses, I like the idea. Someone else mentioned strategy games being a target market for kinect controls... I think its a good idea. Of course that isn't popular here, but since when do I care about being popular or what misanthropic "hate microsoft" talking points people on Escapist spout?
Opinions are a good thing, but remember just cuz you don't want it doesn't mean other folks won't find a use for it.
Oh and with the expanded capabilities and the easing of requirements on room size, there could be a lot more potential for the Kinect.
You may return to parroting hate for Microsoft now.

I like this, it means that some people will be able to do cool stuff with it and if it works like Kinect 1 was supposed to work then its actually some very cool tech.

Having it on Xbox for games on the other hand...

Silly question, but could not I just use the kinnect software on my existing webcam?

Absolutionis:

Asclepion:
Good. Now how about Halo 3, Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Halo 4, etc.

Why do you want them to port mediocrity over to the PC? If you care about the storyline, there are plenty of YouTube videos. If you care about gameplay, there are dozens of better shooters out there.

And the first Halo, it plays the same after all and the multiplayer is still running and fun as ever.

Evil Smurf:
Silly question, but could not I just use the kinnect software on my existing webcam?

From what I understand, no. The Kinect is much more advanced than your run-of-the-mill webcam

Does the Kinect even work from 2 feet away?

Evil Smurf:
Silly question, but could not I just use the kinnect software on my existing webcam?

Not really. The technology behind it means that you need a total of three or so cameras along with the software that controls it. Which is all the Kinect is, three cameras with specialized software.

OT- I actually don't mind as I can see some use for it, just not the use MS is thinking. I'm probably the only one here who thinks it would be fantastic switching workspaces on my Linux desktop using this. But knowing MS and their anti-Linux stance, it's probably not going to be let out to the community that easily for that function. -.-

RatherDull:
"Windows 9 will require Kinect to function."

Calling it now.

OI! I was about to say that!

Hm, okay, let's dress it up slightly:
"Windows 9 will include a Kinect sensor packaged with the software. Windows 9 has been designed with Kinect in mind, giving you a streamlined Operating System experience!"
Note: Windows 9 will not function without a Kinect sensor. If you buy a software download of Windows 9 at Microsoft Online, the Kinect sensor will be mailed to your address. Do not worry - we know where you live. Attempting to disable the Kinect sensor will result in immediate termination.

Considering how many projects around my university use Kinects as their sensors this is great news. Can't wait to see what people come up with for it.

Well i won't buy it, THIS patent HERE( it is about "CONTENT DISTRIBUTION REGULATION BY VIEWING USER ")

http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220120278904%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20120278904&RS=DN/20120278904

Scares the crap out of me. Face recognition? Even in the dark? It counts how much user watch the show and you have tu pay more if you want to watch with friends?

Brrrr

Don't need it, don't want it. There is nothing more to say about this....

Gabe Yaden:
No doubt there will be some really cool things people do with this tech.

Whoa. Can it be? There's someone around here who has at least an idea of how the Kinect is much more than an awkward gaming controller?!

.. not at all surprised how Microsoft seems to hurry it, given how the old Kinect was made available to PCs way before Microsoft even (seemed to have) understood how big the possible market could be.

Can't wait, personally.

The_Darkness:

RatherDull:
"Windows 9 will require Kinect to function."

Calling it now.

OI! I was about to say that!

Hm, okay, let's dress it up slightly:
"Windows 9 will include a Kinect sensor packaged with the software. Windows 9 has been designed with Kinect in mind, giving you a streamlined Operating System experience!"
Note: Windows 9 will not function without a Kinect sensor. If you buy a software download of Windows 9 at Microsoft Online, the Kinect sensor will be mailed to your address. Do not worry - we know where you live. Attempting to disable the Kinect sensor will result in immediate termination.

"Any modification due to the OS itself and the Kinect itself will lead to an interrogation by MS' very own Thought Po- ERRR Consumer Information Class designed to teach on how to operate the OS, despite your prior knowledge."

Yeah, me not liking this at all. If MS does do that, I'm heading straight to either the BSDs or Linux. I don't give a damn if they're hard to use fully, I'll learn anyway. :-P

I don't need it and I don't particulary want it...

BUT, if there was ever a platform that could actually benefit from a Kinect, it's the PC. We already use webcams a lot, and gesture control is something I could definitely see myself using. The pricetag will be a barrier, of course, but we're already seeing people use the kinect to make some funky stuff despite that, so... all in all, I'm interested to see where this will lead.

Also, I reckon a Kinect specifically designed for a PC would be adjusted to scan a person at much closer range rather than the Xbox version which looks at around 2-3 meters. It should be no problem for them to just install a different lens.
I'm curious how they're gonna be able to fit the thing on top of our flatscreens, though. Compared to a webcam, a Kinect is kinda large.

I bet someone will turn a laptop and Kinect 2 into a 3D environment scanner. Every real estate agent will want one.

My first thought when I read the title was "why?"

Is there really a demand for Kinect? 'Cause it seems to me like Microsoft just wants us to think there is.

Coming up next: Kinect will come bundled and be mandatory with Windows 9! With Windows 9 you'll be able to surf the internet even faster with the all new Internet Explorer! Internet! Browser! Internet! News surfing! Internet!

Xbox, shut down.

But to be serious, the homebrewed kinect stuff is already much better than kinect used for games.

This won't work. People don't place their PCs in grand open spaces, but usually in smaller offices, bedrooms or in a corner of the living room. Furthermore, PCs are great because they are PCs, not because they are a Kinect short of being a console (nothing against consoles, but each system has its strengths).

All I want to know is why the hell Microsoft is absolutely OBSESSED with this thing.

Microsoft really really really seems to want to get into your livingroom...

Once the forefront of technological advancement... now the creepy guy living across the street watching you all day long through a spy glass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FopyRHHlt3M

lol WHO CARES !? no self respecting pc gamer is going to fall for this crap. Why blow money on KINNECT when you could upgrade

The glorious PC Gaming Master Race rejects your worthless motion sensor and Orwellian spy device. Why would I want motion controls? I have more keys than God on this thing.

I used to love Microsoft when it was the benevolent, galumphy giant that just crapped out a new OS every few years and called it good. Now it's trying to take over my living room AND my internet space. Games need to introduce Linux compatibility...

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