In an attempt to unify its various operating systems across various platforms, Microsoft has today announced a new Xbox One Kinect adapter that will allow the gadget to be used with Windows 8 running PCs.
Alongside the new adapter which will cost you $49.99, Microsoft also announced a new update for its Windows Kinect software development kit. In addition to that, the company also mentioned in a new blog post that the new SDK 2.0 update will be made available for developers to download and use for free through its official website.
Microsoft is also offering a small number of Kinect apps for free from the Windows Store to allow developers to test out animating 2D and 3D objects. The news may not come as exciting for the average consumer but for developers working with the Kinect sensor, this will give them further opportunities to bring something new to the table.
Microsoft’s ambitions to have a single OS across all kinds of hardware and platforms have shown no slowing down with the announcement of Windows 10. Scheduled for release later next year, the new OS takes the best that Windows 7 and Windows 8 had to offer and throws in some additional spices.
It’s designed to scale and run perfectly across all platforms including mobiles, tablets and desktops.