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Microsoft opening Kinect SDK for PCs today

Today Microsoft will be rolling out the Software Developers Kit for the (formerly Xbox 360 only) Kinect for PC users, so that software and games engineers can make some glorious PC Games and software to use with the accessory.

New Kinect SDK coming soon?

Kinect has been a huge focus for Microsoft and its Xbox 360 gaming platform for the past few years, and it appears that Bill Gates’ company is now looking to expand the hardware into its other big business area; home computing.

Since the Kinect’s release last year, the device has had many budding hackers and software whizz-kids using the system for hacked games and coming up with new ways to use the Kinect motion controller.

Microsoft has always been open with developers about its plans for the PC and Kinect systems and today the company sent out an email from Microsoft site channel9 inviting people to tune in to an event at 5:30pm UK time.

The announcement states:

“You are invited to tune into a press announcement tomorrow (Thursday 6/16) 9:30-10:00am PT for an important message from Microsoft Research regarding the Kinect technology,” said the email.

“Following the announcement, we will continue with Ch9 Live broadcast starting from 10:00am-2:00pm PT.”

You can go to to watch the announcement, or tune in now to get a countdown clock.

The potential for Kinect is clear on the PC but with the SDK coming it will certainly open many doors for PC users who want to have a more involved PC experience.

We will keep you posted on all the updates as they come.

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