Microsoft Store Lists Kinect for Windows v2 for $200, July 15 Release Date

Kinect for Windows v2 is now available to pre-order on the Microsoft Store.

The Microsoft Store is accepting pre-orders of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors for $200, and is listing a July 15 release date.

That’s the same day as Microsoft’s upcoming virtual training event, which aims to show developers how Kinect v2 enables speech, gesture, and human understanding in applications and experiences.

Microsoft has previously said the device will launch before summer 2014.

“The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications for the Windows desktop and Windows Store,” reads the product’s overview on the site.

The Xbox One without Kinect unit which Microsoft announced in May costs $399, $100 less than the $499 standard Xbox One with Kinect. It’s interesting to note that Kinect for Windows’ price is twice as much as the difference between the two, but it’s also not aimed at the average consumer.

The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor doesn't ship with any software, and is intended for use with the separately licensed Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0, which developers can use to build applications.

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Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.
322 comments
nyzma23
nyzma23

kinect is the best and cheapest 3d scanner you low life and it can use on many thing outside gaming

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Is there Kinect Games for Windows?

I hope Kinect games be on PC Windows

So we can play Xbox Kinect games on PC

dubezoniner
dubezoniner

 I'm going to be one of the first people to buy the Kinect v2 for PC, its awesome new features are exactly what I've been looking for to add to my JARVIS Desktop Application. Realtime facial and user recognition, HD cam, night vision, facial expression detection and improved speech recognition. Can't wait!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Xbox One without Kinect is 100 dollars cheaper, but a Kinect for Windows costs 200 dollars. That's reasonable.

ksbwings
ksbwings

Wow..I sense something new with Microsoft this time. They started to think ahead to control two important platforms in gaming making their devices marketable for gaining more profits. 


Regardless to the necessity/cost of this Kinetic device to PC platform, I believe it will open more opportunity for PC developers and programmers to manipulate with its code easily making it developing/creating more projects for controlling purposes or new gaming style for PC platform. 


vackillers
vackillers

So umm... my question is why the hell does it cost bloody $200 for windows but for xbox is like 80-100$????????? that price bracket seems a bit high don't you think Microsoft? lol...  "oh lets shove this thing on PC and charge twice as f!king much for it, its PC gamers they'll pay anything" hehe....


I love that its coming to PC because right now PC doesn't have much at all when it comes to this tech and to be honest its probably an extremely good platform for it, by why on earth charge DOUBLE!! just coz its on windows its ludicrous... Rather spend that money towards a new GPU thanks....



tysandsnyc
tysandsnyc

Business. Their plan was to have it bundled with The XBox One, and now that it's scraped, they need to make their lost profits somewhere for such high tech machinery. This combined with the Oculus should make things interesting as f-ck for PC gamers. And those that hate it, don't have to buy it.

Wraith3
Wraith3

I don't even want this on an X-Box! Why would I put it on my PC?

Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

cool, so people can go from not buying it on the x1 to not buying it on pc.

blackothh
blackothh

So this is their grand plan to support pc gaming better?

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I can't wait to see hackers/modders make better use of this thing than Microsoft did.  

lostn
lostn

Hmm.. kind of puts things into perspective with Gamestop offering $40 for your Kinect.

Shielder7
Shielder7

Microsoft Employee 1:  Hey Microsoft Employee 2  remember that big dumb thing that we made people buy with the Xbox One that always watched you, that no one liked and we eventually had to take out.


Microsoft Employee 2:  I sure do Microsoft Employee 1

Microsoft Employee 1:  Lets update it and see if this big dumb thing will sell on it's own separately for PCs


Microsoft Employee 2:  Excellent idea Microsoft Employee 1 now lets go back to smokin crack.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

"Please, please buy it."

Sincerely, the NSA / Microsoft.

"Heck no, die." --the human race

megakick
megakick

Because the people who are going to buy this are going to play Kinect games? you can do more than play video games on a PC.

grenadehh
grenadehh

inb4 article next week about a guy who rigged an adapter to use the XB1 kinect with PC because $200 vs $100 is unacceptable.

kvan33
kvan33

What did you guys expect MS to do with all that extra inventory laying around?

lostn
lostn

@kvan33 Disassemble and recycle the components.

xcollector
xcollector

@lostn @kvan33 They don't recycle electronics. It all gets binned and sold off to China so they can extract the little bits of gold and get lead poisoning in the process before they dump the rest into the land fill. Re-purposing & selling off inventory is more environmentally friendly than recycling. Of course it is also just plain stupid to resell something at a price no one will pay.

archav3n
archav3n

So you cant sell your crap to XB1 and now shove it to PC? No thanks.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

The additional $100 is probably because of the software toolkits and licenses.


(...reads the last sentence of the news...)


M$ you little greedy son of a %&$#

lostn
lostn

@DarkNeoBahamut Which by the way are Microsoft's property and within their power to give away for free.

xcollector
xcollector

@lostn @DarkNeoBahamut If they think their software is worth a $100 they are delusional. Especially since they haven't proved to any one why they should care.

sakaixx
sakaixx

the console ver is worth 100 bucks but the pc ver worth twice as much -.- 

IJONOI
IJONOI

So, its $100 for the X1 and $200 for windows? Seems logical. 

IJONOI
IJONOI

@deathwish026 @IJONOI It isnt. You're paying for the hardware. Which is exactly the same. 


The software you use to do any programming is a separate licence. 


Therefore. Bend over and accept our dry 8um F*ck with sand.

lostn
lostn

@deathwish026 @IJONOI You can also do a hell of a lot less, because you can't play any XB1 Kinect games on it. Or even 360 Kinect games. 

pork7
pork7

Who in their right mind would pay more than 15.00 for that piece of shit??

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Who the hell is going to buy this when they couldn't sell this on the xbox1 for $100 more? I guess it might be for HTPC hooked up to your tv so you can watch movies and porn without using a mouse. 

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

............LMFAO as if anyone would pay that for a glorified webcam Microsoft are you high?

rob9999991
rob9999991

@sonyonly4  Look up other functions of what the Kinect can do outside of gaming and living rom entertainment. Grow up and stop being such a fanboy tool.

pork7
pork7

@sonyonly4 ''Glorified webcam''?  Will a webcam let you order a pizza by screaming across the room???

Now get in line like a good little sheeple and buy one of these NSA devices for your home!

northArrow
northArrow

You're right, the problem is that this thing was originally sold with a gaming console to help with living room entertainment.

It's like buying a car and getting free bus tokens.

charlievo
charlievo

Now the NSA can watch all the call the Call of duty fat kids faping.

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

@charlievo How do you suppose they're watching? It's just a piece of hardware...

charlievo
charlievo

for $200 bucks more you can Oculus Rift.  10000000000000000000000 times better than this crap.

normanislost
normanislost

@rob9999991 @charlievo  whether its better or not is subjective


the real difference is Kinects main feature (motion sensor) is used for 2 types of games effectively party games or dance games, its lack of physical input and inaccuracy (current inaccuracy V3 might be able to do it) means its just not useful for what most xbox gamers want to play


"but voice commands" great so you buy a motion sensing camera to use its mic and not the camera.... a feature that could be used over the mics that come with every 360, xb one, PS4 etc


oculus on the other hand does what it's meant to do, you move your head the screen responds and that feature will work in most games


not a Kinect hater by the way love the idea but it's just not good enough yet

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

Myself and most people experience a 75%-80% accuracy rate with the Kinect.  That's just too low to pay $200 for.  They really need to fix it first.