PCs to get Kinect 'in a formal way' - Microsoft CEO

CES 2011: Steve Ballmer tells BBC that motion-sensing system will make its way to Windows systems...eventually.

At his 2011 Consumer Electronics Show keynote address, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made much of the Kinect, the Xbox 360's motion-sensing system. The camera-based, controller-free peripheral shipped 8 million units last year, 3 million more than the 5 million units the company expected it to.

Kinect: Coming to the PC…eventually.

With the Kinect already a hit on the Xbox 360, many people are wondering if the add-on will ever be released for Microsoft's omnipresent product, Windows. Speaking with the BBC, Ballmer appeared to confirm that a PC-compatible Kinect will indeed be released--eventually, anyway.

When asked "Will you be able to plug a Kinect into a PC?" by the interviewer, Ballmer answered thusly: "We'll support that in a formal way in the right time, and when we have an announcement to make, we'll make it."

Microsoft isn't the only one bringing Kinect technology to PCs. There are currently numerous research projects that have created open-source Windows drivers for the Kinect, leading to such experimental creations as a Kinect-based mini-copter and a Roomba-like robot. Also, earlier this week, Primesense, one of the companies behind Kinect tech, announced it was working on a similar motion-sensing system for the PC. Called WAVI Xtion, the system is being manufactured by PC maker Asus and will be available in the second quarter of this year.

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makhlouta
makhlouta

@blueguykisame while i do agree the no control part is kinda drifting away from traditional gaming I think that the ps move isn't anything revolutionary while kinect is. I'm not saying the ps move is bad i'm saying that from a hardware and software point of view the kinect is smthg new in the field of AI perception compared to the ps move.... which makes it better overall regardless even if it's ruining for some people the necessity of having a controller in their hands . In other terms it's better in terms of techonology and innovation rather than the concept of gaming ( although in my opinion it is for both but tht's a matter of opinion)

luna_chanfui
luna_chanfui

That's why I said 1 PC + 1 PS3 will do very fine for a gamer, and they(fanboys) denied it.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Now we know why they got so pissed when a third party released they home-made kinect version. Nasty guys they were!; ruining the surprise ;p

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

awesome with KINECT and 3d glasses + the wiimote control on bluetooth and the neurosky helmet thingy WOW!!!! all hacked through pieglove or something.... I can't wait!!!

nscrnut329
nscrnut329

well I haven't bought one yet, but I do plan on it.

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

Sweet!! Cant wait 2 play that on my laptop :D

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@TheDreamSeeker Of course nobody knows how many products were sold per person, its impossible! But the statistics are still misleading, sony wants you to think 4 million people use it, but they didn't, most people bought multiple moves, which means that there aren't 4 million users, and that's what they DON'T want you to know.

joba
joba

Kinect hardware-based controller has been revealed! Check it out here and let me know what you think! http://goo.gl/FILwD

redskinStu
redskinStu

Yeah, but can everyone play it? I mean can this thing be played by everyone, regardless of skin color? Apparently, that is an issue with Kinect.

sambo2011
sambo2011

i wonder how this will work then. I guess it is just going to be for gaming again. I own a Kinect and aren't a big fan due to its more for family entertainment then the "hardcore" gamer.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Just a stupid gimmick. Good games don't need ridiculous toys to succeed.

MystikRex
MystikRex

@GabrielOnuris Yeah that doesn't really answer my question. That just shows a lot of people bought it. Most likely for the dancing rubbish, the Sonic rubbish and the Joy Ride game (which was supposed to be a free arcade game). When you buy Kinect don't you get a Wii sports clone so you can play imaginary tennis and bowling? That's not exercise is it.

43n1m4
43n1m4

Having actually played Kinect games, and own the device, I guess a lot of the people commenting here have no clue what it is, and how well it works. Or so it seems, anyway. It could be good for PC as well, considering the use of the device doesn't have to be limited to the full-body detection it is used for on the Xbox360 atm.

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

Well if at least i can just move the pointing arrow with my hand while im sitting in bed or something then i might be interested

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@MystikRex "...Who the hell buys a console to "exercise"?" "The camera-based, controller-free peripheral shipped 8 million units last year, 3 million more than the 5 million units the company expected it to. " And of course, @nscrnut329.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

...and that's when the wii-mania reaches the pc gaming community...Lol! Wii X PS Move X Kinect X Wavi Xtion... Everybody can play family games and everyone lives happily ever after! This is a VERY good point to remember those freaking fanboys who love to say "pc gaming is dead" that indeed pc gaming IS NOT dead, nor dying. Btw, @thisisreallybor, Totally agreed; the more peripherals, the better; you buy it if you want, if someone doesn't like it, so spend the money with anything "velvet" enough. It's always good to have options.

MystikRex
MystikRex

@nscrnut329 I don't hate exercising. I like it. But I like going out for walks or using my dumbbells. It is much cheaper than buying Kinect or Wii plus games and accessories. It's a waste of money if you're just going to use it to try and keep fit. Why not get out the house or spend much less money on some proper gym stuff to use at home. I bought a console to relax on my sofa and play games using a controller which is nice and easy. Who the hell buys a console to "exercise"?

Silent_death7
Silent_death7

the dude that asked this question, ' will you be able to plug a Kinect into the PC'.... of course you can, it's a USB port, whether it works or not is another thing... and soon it seems like it will... yet another 'xbox exclusive'

steelmouth
steelmouth

i dont get you people you always complaning there are so many shooters,x360 only have shooters, where are other genres and at the same time you all complaning kinect cant support shooters, make up your mind which is it people

steelmouth
steelmouth

mmmmm this is good news in general but i hate that all the so called "x360 exclusives" end up on the pc, so in the end x360 dont technically have any exclusives save for 1 or 2 games which sucks more so that the ps3 is excreting (got a warning for using the 's' word) great superb exclusives that i so so much envy (damn luck ps3 fanboys)

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

I tried kinect at a shopping center and was playing that ping pong game. A kid run across in front of me when I was doing a forehand shot and I almost slapped his face and his mum looked at me really really mad. Thankfully I explained what happened and let the kid play LOL :D

SPBoss
SPBoss

I already use my wiimote on my computer, i use it as a mouse and it works brilliantly. If it comes to pc it will have more uses that just the gaming sector. Hand gestures could open up loads of possibilites

nscrnut329
nscrnut329

Might just be my opinion, but those that think people look like "idiots jumping around" just might be the kind of people who hate excercising? I personally don't have a Kinect YET but will be getting one, and plan on getting some of the workout games as well to give me some incentive to keep working out and staying in shape.

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

they should have simply made kinect compatible with both the XBOX360 and the PC. Atleast then people would hate microsoft lesser.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

Kinect = waste of money, But if people want to look like insane idiots jumping around like pratts in there living rooms and talking to there game console let them! I just think its a waste of time and effort but the sheep always follow the flock i suppose :/

MystikRex
MystikRex

Seriously, who is playing a PC and then thinks, "I don't want to use my hands anymore I want to stand six feet back from my monitor and jump around instead." Microsoft just don't bother. I only own a 360 and personally hate Kinect, but why don't they just focus on the console.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

Ballmer answered thusly: "We'll support that in a formal way in the right time, and when we have an announcement to make, we'll make it." Wow, can you vague that up for me?

JOKER677
JOKER677

It was funny when someone hacked it to work with windows which lead to an adult game being made.

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

@SuperYeti22 right. they would think of that at all... (referring to distance from monitor)

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

woah woah woah PC community.... don't hate, just dont buy it if you don't want it. I am a true PC gamer. build my own rig, don't own consoles, etc. but PC gamers really do want attention, of all kinds. more games, more toys, never hurt anyone

JiGSaW918
JiGSaW918

from micro$oft to get more money off this motion controller fad.

4darklink
4darklink

I do not want this, and i'm sure half the PC community doesn't either so please Microsoft no....just no.

Silos911
Silos911

Who has that much space away from their computer. Personally I have about five feet to work with, however I'm planning on moving things around soon to have a better gaming set up, and I will definitely not have enough space when I do.

TheDreamSeeker
TheDreamSeeker

@SuperYeti22 I've never seen a company release statistics on a buyable product that had the number single products sold per one person. How on earth would they know that?. The number sold is all I want to know, and is in no way misleading.

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@TheDreamSeeker They say 4 million controllers were SOLD, not the amount of ppl who bought Move, there are many people who bought multiple controllers, so the statistics are misleading.

Larzarus1
Larzarus1

As long as there will be an RTS that works with voice commands along with this I'll pay up

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

Wow. This was a real success. I mean, outside of the game market, the device is fantastic. There's a huge future for this. I mean, the Playstation Move is alright, but this is blowing up massively. @Poodger The Kinect has a vast array of uses outside of being a simple "game controller"- it's a revolutionary device. And it WOULD be awesome controlling my computer with gestures. Comon man, that's like Sci-fi stuff.

x3ni1992
x3ni1992

uggh, i'd rather not sit 6 feet away from my computer.

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

They know what they are doing. Obviously fps players are not their target audience. I swear it seems like some of you believe your style of gaming and genre choice is all that exists. You're not that important.

Poodger
Poodger

PC already has the superior controller though! I can't even imagine someone trying to play a PC FPS with a kinect, they would fail incredibly hard.

tko6070
tko6070

leave Britney alone!

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

@makhlouta lol? PS move is more promising than the Kinect. Lets be honest, the kinect is getting any even semi-hardcore games anytime in the next few years; the move definitely is. Let's face it: we still need controllers to play good games.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

If it goes to PC, I'll most likely get it. I need some more entertainment for my new gaming computer.

makhlouta
makhlouta

Very nice move MS... unlike the "ps move"....

TheDreamSeeker
TheDreamSeeker

@SuperYeti22 "Sony also pays their fair share of misleading statistics. They said they sold 4 million controllers" What's misleading about that?.

Johny_47
Johny_47

This is very cool and hopefully it'll be a bit cheaper like with PC games, I might just be 'breaking a sweat' with Dance Central quite soon =P