Microsoft has announced that the controller for the company’s Xbox One console is now compatible with Windows PCs with the release of new drivers. The company also announced that pre-orders for the Windows version of Kinect, also known as Kinect for Windows V2, open today.
The new drivers for Windows that will allow the Xbox One controller to be used with compatible PC games are now available on MajorNelson.com but the company is also planning to release the drivers as part of a future Windows update. Once the drivers are downloads and installed, the Xbox One controller can be connected to the PC via a micro USB cable and can then be used with any game that features support for the Xbox 360 controller.
“We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks,” said Microsoft’s Major Nelson.
Microsoft also announced that developers can begin pre-ordering Kinect for Windows v2 today. The company showed off Kinect for Windows v2 and its capabilities at the BUILD conference last month which include increased depth-sensing capabilities, full 1080p video, improved skeletal tracking, and enhanced infrared technology.
“I love what the Kinect sensor and SDK can do. Getting the v2 sensor into the hands of more developers and getting the SDK more widely available is the next step,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist Steven Guggenheimer.
Kinect for Windows v2 is priced at US$199.00 and will begin shipping sometime in July. The company also plans to release a public beta of the latest software development kit (SDK) specifically made for Kinect v2 at the same time.