The next-generation Kinect sensor being bundled with the new Xbox One will be officially released for Windows PCs in 2014.
Bob Heddle, director of Kinect for Windows, confirmed that a new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) will release "next year".
"We're continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with the latest natural technology from Microsoft so that they, in turn, can develop and deploy innovative touch-free applications for their businesses and customers," said Heddle in the announcement.
"A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are core to that commitment."
He added, "Both the new Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences. The precision and intuitive responsiveness that the new platform provides will accelerate the development of voice and gesture experiences on computers."
The new Kinect will come bundled with the Xbox One, and will be a mandatory and deeply incorporated component of the new console.
Xbox One was revealed at an event on Tuesday and confirmed for launch 'later this year'.