Microsoft Isn't Making Kinect For Windows Anymore, But Don't Worry
Microsoft stops making Kinect for Windows, but will continue to support the sensor on PC.
Microsoft has announced that it will cease production of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors, but don't worry. The company will still support the device and you'll still be able to buy an Xbox One Kinect sensor and connect it to your PC with the $50 adapter Microsoft announced in October last year.
"Microsoft remains committed to Kinect as a development platform on both Xbox and Windows," the company said. "So while we are no longer producing the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, we want to assure developers who are currently using it that our support for the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor remains unchanged and that they can continue to use their sensor."
The adapter is now available through the Microsoft Store. Combined with the $150 price of a standalone Xbox One Kinect brings the total price ($200) in line with that of the standalone Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. You'll get an equivalent experience no matter how you get Kinect hooked up to your computer, though you will need a USB 3.0 port and Windows 8 in order to make it happen.
"We are excited to continue working with the developer community to create and deploy applications that allow users to interact naturally with computers through gestures and speech, and continue to see the Kinect sensor inspire vibrant and innovative commercial experiences in multiple industries, including retail, education, healthcare, education, and manufacturing," Microsoft said.