Rumour: Microsoft preparing Kinect drivers, SDK for PC

Monday, 17th January 2011 13:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen


WinRumors is reporting that Microsoft is preparing PC-compatible drivers and an SDK for Kinect.

It claims it will be coming out with the tools “in the coming months”. The drivers will come out with the beta tag and could be incorporated into a “Community Technical Preview” of XNA.

The site says it will enable third-party developers to make titles that uses the sensor when it is plugged into a PC.

Back at CES, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the BBC that Kinect PC support was only a matter of when, not if, saying the company would support it in a “formal way in the right time”.



  1. OrbitMonkey

    Isn’t this because the 3rd party company that helped work on the Kinnect, will be bringing out their own pc motion sensor thing?
    Forget what its called exactly… something daft :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Holesome

    The timing of this relates mostly to the XNA development which is due although I’m sure MS will also want to make sure the official release is before the ASUS device launch. XNA support is important for development on the PC for (PC, XBOX, WP7, and Zune development). Once this is released we should see a flood of Indie games using Kinect. I’m interrested to see if someone attaches Kinect to a WP7. :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Sweet, Kinect Indie Games. \o/

    #3 4 years ago

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