Microsoft confirms Kinect PC SDK release for next month

Monday, 21st February 2011 18:34 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Microsoft has reportedly confirmed it’s to release an SDK for Kinect in March. The software will initially be limited to non-commercial use.

The move confirms a previous rumour that the company was preparing to officially open up the 360 motion camera to PC developers.

Microsoft said today that a commercial version of the SDK – which will allow people to make Kinect-based apps and games for profit – will follow at an unspecified date.

The initial release will be a starter kit “to make it simpler for the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich natural user interfaces using Kinect technology,” said Microsoft in a statement.

“The SDK will give users access to deep Kinect system information such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of the Kinect sensor.”

The software will be runable on Windows 7.

Microsoft games boss Don Mattrick made the announcement on Monday during a session with journalists on the firm’s Redmond campus.

“Microsoft’s investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us,” added Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer.

“The fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them.”

Microsoft has previously said that it shipped more than 8 million Kinect units in 60 days from launching the device last year.



  1. daytripper

    apologies for being very stupid but what does “sdk” mean?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. LePlatypus

    @1 software development kit. Basically so third party/indie devs can work on it.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    ^^No clue either lol.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    Makes sense.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. daytripper

    cool, cheers. when i saw the title i was a little bit “wtf”.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. LePlatypus

    I’m surprised that Microsoft don’t create a indie games thing specifically for Kinect and integrate it into the Games Marketplace.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    The most important thing how much it will cost?, if it is dirty cheap , i will apply also. 8D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    The software will be free, probably.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. pukem0n

    kinect will cost the same for pc and xbox, since its the same thing? :P

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    Updated with the announcement statements.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    you know I may pick this up.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Bond James Bond

    New DRM which matches your physical appearance to your game install.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. HauntaVirus


    LOL, I wouldn’t doubt it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. russdude13

    MS should have done this along time ago, because Kinect for gaming sucks, but the hardware itself it good.

    #14 4 years ago

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