Asus outs Kinect-like controller for PC

Asus has teamed up with PrimeSense to create a Kinect clone for PC users.

Windows fans who have been jealously eyeing the Xbox 360's wave-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don't-care controllerless controller will soon have an official alternative to all of those back-door hacks as Asus announces it has struck a deal with the original hardware's designers to create a PC version.

The hardware, which bears a striking resemblance to the Microsoft-made set-top gadget, will be showcased at CES this week and uses the same combination of cameras and sensors as its console-bound sibling.

We can't quite fathom why Microsoft hasn't elected to market the hardware as 'Kinect for PC' and keep all of the cash for itself, especially in light of movements within the Redmond enclave which point strongly to a gaming renaissance for the Windows OS, but we're sure all will become clear.

Rumours that Microsoft would also be releasing 'official' Windows drivers for the original Kinect could not be confirmed at time of writing.

Asus and PrimeSense don't seem to be putting all of their eggs in the basket marked 'gaming', insisting that the new controller will be very useful for things like multimedia and social networking.

Word has it that the hardware will be hitting the shelves in the second quarter of 2011 and we'd expect the price to be comparable to, if not a little less than, the Kinect's £129 seeing as it's the same gubbins in a slightly different plastic case.