If MS wasn't just blowing smoke about rededicating themselves to PC gamers every few months, they'd release this on PC with official drivers and stop threatening to sue for using their hardware. This could drive a gaming REVOLUTION if they bothered to support it on PC. Games could support it, it could revolutionize the gaming industry in terms of mo-cap and as we've seen with all the innovative uses for the wiimote you'd probably see lots of ways people use this in hobbies, or robotics, or things I can't even imagine. I mean you see how many people use the xbox controller on the PC because they are used to it, people could do that with the kinect. Cutter brings up a good point too, this could revolutionize the handicapped's quality of life, and let them control all sorts of things, and use the computer much easier than before.
Heck, MS could still even make money out of it (if they are selling the hardware at a loss say). They could ask a small fee of any game that officially supports it, and ask a fee for anyone that does a commercial work with its mocap. When I say small, I mean small, otherwise it won't catch on. If it catches on MS can make money up by volume. (see apple's fail with firewire vs USB). If they are selling it for a $50 loss then they could make the PC version $50 more and people would still probably buy it.
According to this, MS says they will make a profit on all kinects sold. Then they have even less reason to refuse this, they should WANT to sell more of them. However, they could still charge an extra $50 on the PC to make up for whatever game sales they were expecting if it were used on a console
As it is, with unofficial drivers, no big title PC game will be able to officially use it.
Also as it is, if these unofficial drivers support everything, you'll probably see companies using them for mocap ANYWAY and MS won't get a penny. They can either stand in the way of progress, or monetize it.
Cutter wrote on Nov 11, 2010, 07:54:
unless you like learping around like a fairy.
You mean like this video blue linked?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xQEUxzjaK8
Oh, what is leaRping anyway? This comment was edited on Nov 11, 2010, 09:41.