Microsoft shows off the final design of Kinect for Windows v2

The new Kinect for PC is virtually identical to its Xbox One brother.

Microsoft has shown off the final design of its version of the Xbox One Kinect sensor that will function on Windows PCs.

Unsurprisingly, it is virtually identical to its console brother--the insides are the same, and two small aesthetic tweaks have seen the Xbox symbol replaced with a power indicator and a Kinect label added to the top.

The device also comes with its own hub and power supply, with the former connecting together the sensor, USB 3.0 output, and power.

Microsoft is still yet to formally announced the price and release date of the Kinect for Windows V2, but said "we getting closer and closer to launch" in a blog post. The company has previously said the device will launch before summer 2014.

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124 comments
cmburch
cmburch

I think it is a great idea, but the cost will be too much for me.  The current PC Kinect is about $200 which seems ridiculously expensive compared to the 360 Kinect.  Kinect voice cmds on Skyrim are excellent.  Kinect with Netflix excellent except for the whine noise it makes on the TV to alert that it is working.  If they were to make it more cost effective and more PC games such as Witcher had voice control options.

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

Kinect 2.0 is a great device. To hell with you haters that don't know what the hell you're talking about.

dolchi21
dolchi21

you could probably do amazing stuff with kinect on linux

but we all know that's not going to happen

xcollector
xcollector

I can see them overpricing this at $200.

nurnberg
nurnberg

This looks like one big turd.

grenadehh
grenadehh

Wait, why? For the webcam? What good will this do when I can click or literally hit Windows R and manually type in the executable faster than Kinect could do it once I battle with its fucking syntax for 20 seconds?

allever
allever

In related news, Microsoft said Xbox One Kinect is not compatible with the PC.  Phil Spencer reasoned bluntly, "It is the same hardware, but we want your money for the PC version too."  He continued, "If you don't like it, then use Kinect V1".

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Like I've always said, the Kinect is an excellent piece of kit with a hell of a lot of potential.. just not for gaming.

It'll be good to see what the PC community can do though, I expect some truly great things (for science/engineering).

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

I'll say it like this: to STILL push this particular camera/video recording device in people's homes after they've pushed it away tells me that some SERIOUS money and SERIOUS political affiliation is pushing right back... :-/

Don't be a ToolBag, people...

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

If Microsoft integrates Kinect gestures and voice control into Windows 8, then I might consider it. It would be pretty great to eliminate the need for my keyboard and mouse just for starting Steam, browsing YouTube, or playing local video(among other things).

It could be cool for other things, but I'm not likely to buy many applications that will use it. Nor do I care to build my own software for it.

It would be kinda cool for PC games to have the option to use Kinect, but that's not a feature that has any sway on my purchasing decision.

enoslives7
enoslives7

First of all, WHO IN THEIR RIGHT FUCKING MIND WOULD WANT A KINECT?

Secondly, PC gamers do NOT use motion control gaming. Hell, most of them don't even shower. Plus they already have webcams.

Lastly, WHO IN THEIR RIGHT FUCKING MIND WOULD WANT A KINECT?

niknokseyer
niknokseyer

Thanks Microsoft. Now more programmers and researchers can make use of the technology.

berserker66666
berserker66666

As if spying on consoles wasn't bad enough.........

khuzko
khuzko

its like they are shoving poison down consumers' throats even though consumers don't want that crap

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

i wouldn't be surprised if they pull some crap like win 9 being able to  work only with Kinect

pyro1245
pyro1245

see these things are only cool when you can program for them

vader501st
vader501st

Good for those who use W8 and don't have a touchscreen. The interface of that OS is an absolute mess.

robbiejones
robbiejones

we'll all be looking forward for that release m$

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

it really annoys me when people "oo" and "arrr" over the kinect when a lot of the stuff has been done before or can be done cheaper with a decent webcam and such. "the kinect can do this, it can do this and it can do this" yea it can, but most of not everything was done like 10-5 years ago. its only because MS is now doing it that it becomes groundbreaking or a good idea.

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

I can use a kinect without an xbone? This is great!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

It will undoubtedly be useful for some applications, but it's not something I would ever use on my PC.

streamline
streamline

Partly to make the Xbox One look like a good deal and other part to see if they can get away with it. If they start that high, I would expect them to drop it to $150 within the first year (maybe even 6 months) and down $100 in the next year.

hystavito
hystavito

@grenadehh  A lot of people did very interesting things with the original Kinect.  Fun stuff, experimental stuff, academic and commercial research, etc.


My complaint here is that they are not simply providing an adapter for the PC.  There could be people that already own or want to buy an Xbox One, and maybe they have some cool ideas for Kinect.  However, they might be unable or unwilling to buy another Kinect unit to mess around with.  I guess the most obvious motivation is to make more money, but maybe they also don't want to give people a reason to disconnect their Xbox One Kinect :).

streamline
streamline

Tie in VR and you could have a lot of potential for games and education, separate or combined.

Blazen702
Blazen702

How retarded are you? Your head is so far up Sonys ass that ur tinfoil hat is stuck up there. Every laptop, smart phone or PC cam has just as much or more potential for abuse. And how much of a narcicist are you to think anyone cares what you are doing. The Kinect is the most used peripheral by experimental scientist and developers at NASA, universities, MIT etc.

Blazen702
Blazen702

The Kinect is a revolutionary device that's utilized by 1000's of scientist and developers everyday for task way beyond gaming. You really shouldn't talk out of your ass, instead try reading a little and know what you are talking about.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Yup, some universities have achieved some truly great things. It's a clever piece of kit!

Blazen702
Blazen702

Like anyone cares about you and what you do in front of your console. GTFO.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

@berserker66666  I mean you got a laptop with a microphone that is always on and a built in camera. Did you ever think about that?

Blazen702
Blazen702

100,000's of people want it. Scientist, developers and engineers etc. get your head out of Sonys ass.

hystavito
hystavito

@Blazen702  Spelling mistake there, it's NSA not NASA.


I'm teasing :), but I don't know if we can really say the abuse potential is the same with a smartphone, and certainly not for a PC cam.  The Kinect is much more advanced and complicated, which means it's harder to anyone to know what it's doing behind the scenes so to speak.


I think we can at the very least agree that an Xbox One with Kinect has far more potential for abuse, since that entire system is closed.  But I'll admit Kinect on PC would be far less "dangerous".

Proftally
Proftally

@Blazen702  


all the more reason it shouldn't be in a console box!!! next time please enlighten us with the so called revolutionary kinect ideas, so that you don't seem like you are talking out of your ass

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

@Blazen702 Why would "scientists, developers and engineers" want a kinect when they can just put down $50 and get a webcam off of Newegg?

Blazen702
Blazen702

Because Kinect records 1080p and has infrared and motion sensor and body mass/weight detection and heart beat monitor to name a few. A web cam/PSeye can't do 1/10 of what Kinect can do.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@neowarrior121 @fredyellowone @vader501st  A lot of people considering that most people don't have the knowledge to downgrade to Windows 7 on their own and they just go out and buy computers. Manufacturers switch exclusively to the new version of Windows within 6 few months of its release. It happens with literally every version of Windows.