Kinect Could Have Been On The Mac Instead Of The Xbox

Kinect is the Xbox 360's Great Wavy Hope in the battle for the home entertainment market. Did you know, however, that the device could have easily gone to Apple instead?

Inon Beracha, CEO of PrimeSense - the firm providing much of the magic behind Kinect - has revealed that back in 2008, when he was first shipping his company's technology to the consumer electronics market, his first stop was not Microsoft, but Apple.

"It was the most natural place for the technology," he tells Cult of Mac. Indeed, PrimeSense had already help several meetings with Apple executives, and Apple went so far as to bring some contracts and deals to the table.

That, however, is when it all went wrong.

"Apple is a pain in the arse," Beracha says.

Apple's notoriously controlling team was asking Beracha to "sign a stack of crippling legal agreements and NDAs", which almost instantly had PrimeSense walking away. Why deal with Apple and all those restrictions when they could sell it to someone who could pay just as much, but be easier to work with?

Which is exactly what PrimeSense did, Kinect is now in Microsoft's hands on the Xbox 360, and the rest is history.

How Apple Almost Got Microsoft's Kinect Game Controller [Cult of Mac, via Gizmodo]


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    Wouldn't be the first time Apple's policies have rubbed industry players the wrong way.

    Particularly in Australia Apple shafted their franchise stores for many many years.

    Wouldn't be the first time Microsoft took something potentially worth a lot away from Apple.

    I wonder if Steve Jobs raged like he did with Bungie.

    But seriously, I an much happier that it landed with Microsoft, imagine how underused by Apple it would be. That, and I probably wouldn't be able to stand how Apple marketed it, assuming they didn't waste the technology.

    Apple probably would not have crippled the device just to bring it under a contrived pricepoint. Nor would they have brought it out with only 2 dance games and some laggy sports titles.

    And I still find Mac-ad Justin Long only slightly less annoying as Jeff Goldblum. Although Jeff Goldblum is always annoying. Im glad that Jesse Eisenberg has replaced him as the Uber-Jew.

      It would also only come in white... no matter what colour your tv is.

    Obviously had Mac brought out the Kinect instead of Microsoft, it wouldve been hailed as the second coming, but obviously Microsoft will "ruin" the hardware.

    I don't see what Apple could have used it for. I sure as hell don't want to be waving my hands in front of my computer screen, and I wouldn't want to pay extra to be able to control an Apple TV by waving my arms about.

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