Microsoft denies Kinect for PC

Written by Joe Martin

January 4, 2011 // 1:06 p.m.

Tags: #asus #kinect #kinect-for-pc #kinect-hack #kinect-hacks #kinect-mods #kinect-pc #microsoft #wavi-xtion

Microsoft, faced with an increasing number of Kinect for PC hacks being made by third parties, has said it currently has no plans to bring PC support to the Xbox 360 motion sensor.

Asus, on the other hand, is set to reveal a similar device at CES 2011 in a few days.

Called the Wavi Xtion, Asus' Kinect competitor will feature two cameras, PrimeSense 3D tracking technology, built-in wireless and support for applications other than games - such as multimedia viewing. Development software is set to be released in February and software will be sold through a dedicated online store.

When asked whether Microsoft had any plans to extend Kinect to the PC market, Microsoft's marketting manager said told NOWGamer that 'there are no plans to take it anywhere beyond the Xbox 360 platform'.

Users, however, have already managed to make Kinect compatible with a bunch of PC titles, including World of Warcraft and RUSE, through unofficial modifications and hacks.

No price or release date has yet been announced for Asus' Wavi Xtion, but if we hear more while CES 2011 is on then we'll let you know.

Check out our Kinect review for more information on Microsoft's motion controller, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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