As Panos Panay on the surface continues to hint at new hardware possibilities for the brand's future, it sounds like Microsoft may already have at least one in the cards: a 4K webcam. According to a new report from Thurrott, Microsoft is planning a family of webcams, with the main focus on moving towards a 4K camera with Windows Hello approval on board.
In addition, the webcam is said to be built to work with both Windows 10 and Xbox One.
For Windows 10 users, such a webcam will enable Windows Hello authentication for all PCs so that it can break the current limitations of laptops that occur on a compatible IR camera on board. When connected to an Xbox One, the camera can also support automatic logins so players can log in by stepping in front of the camera. Other friends or family members will be able to participate in the action by doing the same, Thurrott reports.
According to the report, this new family of webcams will also include one focused on corporate users.
This is not the first indication we have heard in recent times that Microsoft may be toying with the idea of releasing a webcam. In an interview in October, Panos Panay pointed to Surface Hub 2's USB-C webcam as something that could inspire a wider product drink under the Surface brand.