Microsoft is reportedly working on new webcams for Windows 10 and Xbox One will is said to be launced in 2019. Thurrott reports that two new webcams are on the way, with one designed to bring Windows Hello facial recognition to any Windows 10 PC. The other will reportedly work with the Xbox One and bring back the Kinect feature that let users automatically sign in by moving in front of the camera. This should work with multiple accounts and family members.
Microsoft’s Surface chief, Panos Panay, gave a hint earlier this year in an interview that the company is looking at releasing Surface branded webcams.
Panay said: “Look at the camera on Surface Hub 2, note it’s a USB-C-based camera, and the idea that we can bring a high fidelity camera to an experience, you can probably guess that’s going to happen.”
Now if Microsoft releases the USB-C Surface Hub 2 camera separately, the same camera will work on any Windows 10 PC. Microsoft has not yet released its own Windows Hello camera, and PC users and had to rely on Creative, Razer, and Logitech to bring facial recognition to desktop PCs.