Rumor: Apple and Sony considered purchase of first-gen Kinect developer

Microsoft has bet big on the Kinect technology, making it mandatory with Xbox One. As it turns out, Microsoft competitors Apple and Sony might be looking into acquiring similar technology, as a report states that they're both among parties interested in acquiring the technology company PrimeSense--the company that provided the tech for the first generation of Kinect.

A report on the Israeli Web site Calcalist (via VentureBeat) claims that Apple, Sony, and Samsung have fielded meetings with PrimeSense. According to the report, Apple recently visited the Tel Aviv headquarters to check out the facilities in technology. An acquisition from Apple would add another R&D facility to the three already located the country.

However, PrimeSense is only responsible for the first-gen Kinect, which used a stereo camera. The version created for Xbox One uses an entirely different time-of-flight camera. In our experience, the new model performs much better.

PrimeSense, for its part, neither confirmed nor denied the report, telling Mashable: "We can't comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we’re not commenting on rumors."