Microsoft confirm Xbox Kinect is to hit Windows this spring

Windows PCs to gain full Kinect compatibilty

Microsoft’s controller-free motion gaming peripheral, Kinect, is to be made fully compatible with PCs powered the company’s Windows operating system, it has been announced.

Having touched down for the Xbox 360 shortly before the Christmas shopping rush, Microsoft has unveiled that an SDK will be made available to developers this spring allowing the motion gaming system to be used to manipulate PC controls.

Following endless hacks of the Kinect system that have seen the controller-free motion device used for everything from Minority Report-esque user interfaces to adult entertainment Kinect porn releases, Microsoft has announced it is to offer the device’s intricate details to wannabe developers.

Unveiling the move via the Official Microsoft Blog, the Kinect creator announced: "The Kinect for Windows SDK is being developed and released by Microsoft Research.”

The post went on to add: "It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system - such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."

With a number of the preceding hacks actively pushing the controller beyond its perceived limits and being actively encouraged by Microsoft, the recent announcement comes as a surprise to few.

Discussing the future possibilities of Kinect Microsoft stated: "We are very excited by this announcement. Not only does it showcase our investment in this important technology trend, but it ensures that people have the tools they desire to revolutionize how people interact with technology.

"The possibilities are endless. Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can be more than just a great platform for gaming and entertainment. They open up enormous opportunities across a wide variety of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education."

What aspect of PC interaction would you most like to see given a Kinect makeover? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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