Unless you have been living in a cave for the past year then you have probably heard of the awesome new technology used for the Microsoft Xbox 360. The Kinect features a webcam style camera to track your movements allowing you to play games without the need of a controller. It also has an in-built microphone, enabling you to use your Xbox 360 through various voice commands such as, ‘Xbox close tray’. I have to say I have used this extensively and have really enjoyed using it when playing games.
Well guess what? It’s now going to be compatible with Windows!! With the release of the Windows Kinect starter kit, that is due to be released this spring. I can’t wait to see what doors the Kinect will unlock when it’s released for Windows operating systems. The starter kit will allow users to access to the device’s audio and microphone system, and also accurate, direct control of the sensors.
The Software Development Kit (SDK) is also going to be offered as a free download and should be in my opinion, if you pay 100 on a device and also have to pay for its software it would be a scam. You may think that the Kinect is nothing special, with the Wii, PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye why is the Kinect so special? Well first of all no controller is needed and it’s not like the Wii where the only good games are the party ones. A lot of games are using the Kinect technology in their games such as the new Harry Potter. Also, when it can be used with Windows it will reveal all sorts of doors to many computing aspects, as Microsoft’s statement explains;
‘The possibilities are endless. Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can be more than just a great platform for gaming and entertainment. They can open up enormous opportunities across a wide range of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education.’
This explains Microsoft’s view on the Kinect and the amount of faith that they have in its system. I really do think that the Kinect will help a lot in technological advancements this year, especially with the release of the Windows Starter kit. I’m really looking forward to this year as I do believe the Kinect is the way forward for video gaming. Roll on spring when it is released for all you PC gamers out there!!!
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