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Windows Camera appears on Xbox One, and it supports Kinect!

Windows Camera is typically designed to work with tablets and phones, but it appears to function just as well on the Xbox One Preview.

Appearing first on Reddit (via ICXM), we've been able to verify that it works utilizing Kinect — you just can't save images and videos as of yet. Windows Camera uses a joystick-controlled cursor at present and retains the same functionality as the app on other Windows 10 devices.

Here's a gallery of how Windows Camera functions with Kinect on Xbox One, just to give you an idea:

Currently, there's no way to save photos and videos recorded with the Windows Camera, doing so just gives you an error. This functionality could arrive with Microsoft Photos, which is presently unavailable in the Xbox One Preview store. Presumably, if Windows Camera is coming to Xbox One, it seems likely that the UWP apps for OneDrive and Microsoft Photos will arrive as methods for storing photographs taken with the Windows Camera. There's also the chance that Windows Camera appearing in the store is either a mistake or simply a test to see how well UWP functions line-up across Xbox One and other Windows 10 devices.

If this is intended, you have to begin to wonder how much additional functionality the Xbox One will receive as a result of the Universal Windows Platform. With mouse support, Microsoft Edge, Skype, Cortana, and the UWP Office apps, the Xbox One could get closer and closer to becoming a casual PC albeit with a heavy gaming slant.

The Xbox One Summer Update is set to launch in the very near future, bringing Cortana, background audio, Universal Windows Platform apps, a revamped Games & Apps section and many more new features to the console.

As more and more Universal Windows Platform apps show up on the console, the old joke of spreadsheets on your Xbox is looking less and less like a fantasy.

You can pick up Windows Camera by searching for it in the store on the Xbox One Preview, but some users on Reddit have mentioned that they can't find it. So it may have already been pulled. Stay tuned to Windows Central for further updates.

Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

21 Comments
  • Interesting
  • Ring should extend there doorbell motion detection service as an app for Win 10 / Xbox One. Love my door bell but more cameras are better. Right?
  • It would be great to snap when someone is at the front door.
  • Yea with UWP there are many opportunities :)
  • Suddenly, the Xbox one seems so much more useful than a PlayStation 4.
  • Just the beginning, so much potential with Cortana, home automation, IoT, etc.
  • Not suddenly, it always has been
  • I'm really curious what's gonna happen when apps like SmartThings and Insteon are available for it. 
  • I wonder if the functionality of the windows camera app would help improve Kinect's facial recognition in anyway?
  • Windows h.e.l.l.o ( Bill Cosby reference ) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Seems like they pulled it. I'm in the preview and when I search for it I get nothing.
  • Double post. Sorry.
  • Wheres my Google snooping app ??? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm other more important news, Nadella cutting 2800+ more jobs. WC fails to report...
  • Looks like Zac has again a new hairstyle.
  • How do I sign up for preview releases on my Xbox One?
  • Check on the forums
  • Does that mean Kinect is making a comeback for project Scorpio?
  • How about VR. 2018?
  • What about it? If you're going to troll, you might want to form a complete thought before you post.
  • if u look at the photon were it shows the camera App installed it say's XBONE, PC, Phone.
    So I think we are getting the camera App for the XBONE, it doesn't appear to be a mistake.