Microsoft announces new Kinect hardware for PCs

Kinect 2.0 for PCs is upon us with Near Mode – no more long-distance arm flailing

Microsoft has announced that a made-for-PC Kinect hardware revision is in the works – nicely complimenting the freshly launched beta 2 SDK for developers.

Featuring a shorter USB cable and USB dongle, the new super-cam will also have a new Near Mode, allowing you to use the Kinect while seated comfortably at your desk – as opposed to flailing away on the other side of the room.

This all but confirms Microsoft's plans to integrate the new Kinect's capabilities with its upcoming Windows 8 OS, so it should only be a matter of time before we're flicking through Metro tiles with a mere flick of the wrist.

We don't expect the fancy newer Kinect to work with existing Xbox 360 consoles, but we'll keep you posted.

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