Xbox One Kinect won't be compatible with PC

PC owners will need to buy a Windows-specific version.

Microsoft has confirmed that its next-generation Kinect for the Xbox One won't be compatible with the PC.

Microsoft will instead be releasing two versions of its next-generation Kinect. The version for the Xbox One will feature a proprietary connector, and Microsoft has no plans to provide an adapter to make it possible to work on a computer.

"The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adapter that allows it to plug into a computer," said a Microsoft spokesperson to Ars Technica. "The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB3 port."

Every Xbox One will come bundled with the new Kinect sensor.

The Xbox 360's Kinect also featured a proprietary connector, but retail models sold outside of console bundles featured a USB 2.0 adapter. Enterprising developers managed to use the Kinect on the PC months before Microsoft provided an official SDK for the platform.

Microsoft is currently offering a Kinect for Windows developer program for $399, which offers early access to the prerelease Windows version of the next-generation Kinect sensor in November 2013.

The general release date for the new Windows version of the Kinect is expected to be sometime in 2014.

The Xbox One, and its Kinect sensor, will launch in November.

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ken_wakashimazu
ken_wakashimazu

great idea, this way you can have a second kinect to spy on your first kinect in case your first kinect is spying on you when you're not looking... now... if they could make a portable kinect for when you're playing angry birds on your phone in the park... now that would be another 100$ well invested.

EchoStation
EchoStation

Guess they dont want people messing with the SkyNet code inside this evil little device.

Revl8n
Revl8n

Xbox One Kinect not compatible with common sense or consumer value.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Because NO ONE else in the world could just make and sell little adapters for it! That's ridiculous! It'll be only for XBone......until someone gets an unofficial adapter and starts writing drivers for it...

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Commercialism destroying the world one dollar at a time.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

The only reason it can't work on PC? They make more money if people buy two.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

*falls out of chair laughing*  Like I'd ever buy a Kinect to spy on me?  BWAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHH...
#ducttapetheeye

Agent-M
Agent-M

Online strippers were so looking forward to using  just one kinect for both their pc and xbox one needs.

Ceaseless001
Ceaseless001

Now they are bring a Windows version of the NSA PRISM data mining machine to PC? lol. The surveillance era...

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

I'd bet the "Windows" version is the exact same hardware, just with a different connector so that you have to buy 2 Kinects instead of 1. Assuming you're the kind of person who wants a Kinect at all, let alone 2!

DrunkenSaylor
DrunkenSaylor

A microsoft product... but you need to buy the "windows specific version" huh??

This is one of many reasons microsoft will lose this generation.

the_hunger
the_hunger

Now, why would a PC gamer buy a Kinect in the first place? Are there some demented souls somewhere clamoring for this?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

.....I mean, I'll never get one, but if I did, I'd be furious.

deliman
deliman

Why anyone would buy this turd of a product is beyond me...

DWalker131
DWalker131

if people don't want it for the 360, xbox one, why would they want one for PC ?

to their credit though, the idea of kinnect is awesome, every nerd like me would love a good starwars game using the kinnect for the light sabre, heck i'd even hold a piece of plastic like the "sony move" as a light sabre for it to have higher detection rate, or a hands free brawer, like double dragon, or PUNCH OUT !!  with 1:1 accuracy (yes i know people say regular controls aren't 1:1 accuracy but it just seems to do whatever i want it to do)

i think people wouldn't hate the kinnect soooo much if they slapped on a sticker that says "prototype/beta testing" i think people would applaud the kinnect for being innovative (yes the wii came first but its not the same) but instead it came out as a final product (with a $200 pricetag on launch if i remember correctly) when the product clearly hasn't reached its potential, its lightyears away from the regular controller, and the games for the kinnect, come on !, we want PUNCH OUT, starwars where you hold a piece of plastic for a light sabre and your other hand to use force powers, we want a true brawler that actually works instead of devs saying "the game works fine if you don't fight like girls" nice work there guys, insault the customers

Psycold
Psycold

LOL. Anyone who has heard of the Leap motion is yawning while reading this. 

vongroove
vongroove

NO worries I'll stick with my mouse and keyboard!

consoletroll
consoletroll

Dont plant on buying and xbox so atleast they will make one with the usb3 connector. Curious what they will retail for

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

"Xbox One Kinect won't be compatible with PC."

Of course not, that would be too convenient!

Is any person here surprised? 

These stories are really getting old.

taoninjutsu
taoninjutsu

You just screwed yourself microsoft, think of how many less people you will be able to spy on now

SoreBastard
SoreBastard

They did this with the current gen kinect. It's all just a lame and really obvious tactic to make a profit.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Sounds a bit unfair to expect people to buy one for Xbox and one for their PC. No doubt another money making scheme

telaros
telaros

lol Why? Because hackers will indeed find out about your Kinects ability to spy on people?

Imagine how sweet the news would be if hackers were spying and recording your information through kinect. Everything you say and do. Yum. Microsoft already saw what they did to the first kinect and they made it work on PC. I have no doubt someone will find a way to get this one to work SOMEHOW.

banana23man
banana23man

That sucks. I was hoping to get spied on in both my living room and my bed room.

L_ninyo07
L_ninyo07

$20 bucks says some hacks it to work with PC within the 1st 9 months. 

ZOD777
ZOD777

Yeah, because people are just dying to use a Kinect on the PC.  Can I get a Kinect for my smartphone too?  That would be sweet.

it009x9281
it009x9281

I want the Oculus Rift device not Kinect for my PC.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I doubt many consumers want Kinect for PC...

masterhound
masterhound

I dont like how proprietary and closed ms is getting.... I'm still aching over no backwards compatibility or 360 controller and accessory support.... Stop making me buy new things god damn it...

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

That price sure is reasonable, what the crap, you can almost buy a pc for that price.  Why the flying bat fart would you want to pay something that you're beta testing for them.  Microsoft is somewhere over Jupiter right now, for sure they're not on this planet.

MadXav
MadXav

@Jedilink109 Microsoft said the same thing about the Xbox wireless adapters. "Only Microsoft adapters will work for  wireless controllers, and it is impossible to use generic ones", and now the market is flooded with Chinese copies that cost like the 10% of a Microsoft one, and work the same!

arqe
arqe

@the_hunger Becouse some retards ( not you ) looking at Kinect only as a game controller. But here is the news for you "its not !". I would really appreciate when i can draw my 3D designs with Kinect.

mlpreble
mlpreble

@taoninjutsu To think that they're going to be spying on anyone with the microscope the Xbox One is going to be under strikes me as incredibly unlikely.

mlpreble
mlpreble

And you don't think someone out there isn't going to be tracking the data their Xbox One is sending out just to make sure that isn't happening. Everyone that can figure out how is going to looking into it so I don't believe for a second that it'll happen. 

killlo
killlo

@telaros well a kinects is like webcam so if hacker want to see what you are doing they don't really need you to have a kinects they can just hack your  webcam

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

The point of it on PC is not playing games with it, it's using it as a tool for things. It's good for simple mocap and things like that for people on a budget.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@ZellyPoof Hell even the Occulus Rift's Dev kit is cheaper and that is more of a step into VR than this will be. If you count the Kinect as VR which I do.

mlpreble
mlpreble

@DWalker131 @Busta Nothing is wrong with your idea. I'd love to see that myself.

Some people just like to knock down others because it somehow makes them feel better about themselves.

I've never minded my Kinect, though it's never felt quite as sensitive as it sometimes needs to to be, and personally I can't wait to see what the new much improved Kinect can do. And the idea that the new Kinect is being released with every new Xbox One (which is a stupid name: Xbox Infinite anyone?) mean that developers will be able to experiment with it without worrying about segmented parts of the population without it which may lead to some very interesting ways of using it.