At CES in Las Vegas, Steve Ballmer's keynote speech announced that Kinect would be coming to PC on 1st February.
Last November, the SDK beta for Kinect was updated to include Windows support, so in spite of being Microsoft's largest announcement at CES this year it hardly came as much of a surprise.
The PC Kinect will apparently be able to see objects as close to the screen as 50cm due to its 'near mode' without any drop in accuracy.
David McLean, Consumer Channels Group Director for Microsoft, told MCV in a recent interview: "The best Kinect has to offer will not come from Microsoft."
Kinect has sold over 18 million units worldwide so far, with both hacks and legitimate uses for the device giving it applications which span from health services and physiotherapy to use in the sciences for serious games, and it won't slow these innovations down by spreading to the PC.
Amazon has already listed Kinect for PC as available for pre-order for AUD$299.
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