Microsoft have been working hard towards attaining a one platform experience across all devices.
Their intentions are to deliver a similar experience across their mobile phones, their computers and their gaming console.
This has been a vision of their CEO Satya Nadella, who works in great tandum with the XBOX ‘boss’ Phil Spencer.
This is a great idea by them and this will surely help them get a boost in the markets soon. However this will all happen only after windows 10 releases across all platforms.
In a step to move towards the ‘OneDream’ direction, Microsoft has recently introduce a $50 adapter which will allow the PC users to be able to connect to the XBOX Kinect.
This adapter will enable your PC to use the Kinect, and now it can be used for XBOX devices as well as for the computers. This adapter is now being sold through the Microsoft store, where it sells for $200 along with the kinect (which costs $150), and it also sells as a standalone adapter.
However to use this device on your computer you will be needing two things – a USB 3.0 port and a Windows 8.
Microsoft has also announced the Kinect SDK version 2.0, which is the latest version of the Software Development Kit for the Kinect by Microsoft. It is now available to download free of cost.
This is a great step by them to assist developers to build better applications to be used with the Kinect. More good news follows, as starting today, the developers can now sell Kinect applications on the windows store, at this moment there are only three applications but expect many more to follow.
This is a good step by Microsoft in our opinion. We also think that this would provide a great push to their single platform initiative and cheers to Satya Nadella for attempting to pull this off! 🙂