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Post by Eorl @ 04:02pm 10/01/12 | 5 Comments
We've known for a while that Microsoft were bringing the Kinect sensor -- their hugely successful Xbox 360 motion control peripheral -- official to Windows PC and now it has a release date. Especially given they'd been fostering all the hacks and cross-platform projects doing the rounds since its initial launch.

Dated for a February 1st, 2012, launch, it's not entirely clear how the Kinect for Windows product differs from the Xbox 360 peripheral, but according to the announcement, Microsoft have adopted a "hardware-only business model", meaning the cost is the Kinect sensor itself, and the SDK and future software updates will be made available for free.

There has been some minor changes to the hardware itself, with a shortening of the USB cable, a dongle addition for other USB devices and newer firmware that enables the camera to see objects as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40 centimetres. Another new software feature is a "Near Mode", which will "enable a whole new class of close up applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360".

The price tag? A suggested retail price of USD$249, which will most likely be somewhere over AUD$300. Also noted in a twitter comment from Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb "that sensor will only work on computers running the SDK software", so sadly, you won't be able to use a Kinect for Windows sensor on your Xbox 360.

More information can be found on Microsoft's Blog over on the MSDN site.



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Ickus
Posted 05:50pm 10/1/12
Probably an ok addition for a W7 media center box if you don't have an xbox already (which I don't).

Although they will need to drop the price to stop people just buying the xbox kinect and hacking it like you can already for the PC.
Mosfx
Posted 05:59pm 10/1/12
$300 pfft you EB had the Xbox version with two games for $70 after a cashback...
Whoop
Posted 06:41pm 10/1/12
I already have an xbox kinect sensor, I don't plan on buying another one for my PC. Adapter or GTFO.

*I got the sensor with an xbox 360s so I don't have the kinect -> usb adapter

Probably an ok addition for a W7 media center box if you don't have an xbox already (which I don't).

I don't even know what I'd use one for in a media center scenario, I already don't bother with the kinect much on my 360. What I would LOVE to use it for would be some sort of home automation deal.
Grundar
Posted 07:36pm 10/1/12
Finally my dreams of an involved "arrow to the knee" mod for Skyrim become more tangible! *rubs hands together*
Linker
Posted 08:25pm 10/1/12
I'd say the reason the price is so much as they're aiming it at the commercial market and not just people wanting to hack it. They will do so anyway.

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