The Xbox One's Kinect Won't Work On PCs

The Xbox One's Kinect is a cool piece of hardware — it can do awesome things like read your heart rate by looking at you, as well as track your muscles. But unlike the first Kinect, it won't work on PCs according to Ars Technica.

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

So there will be a Kinect for Windows, but it will be a separate thing. "The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will be a fully tested, licensed, and supported Kinect experience on Windows... Kinect for Xbox One is being built for and tested with the Xbox One," Microsoft said.

Despite having two separate Kinects, hopefully we'll still see a bevy of cool and edgy stuff coming out of Kinect development.

Microsoft: Kinect for Xbox One will not work on PCs [Ars Technica]


    So they want everyone to buy it twice then, for the sake of a plug?

    So it looks like motion controls will end up only on major xbone title this time around....

    In other words they want to double dip and try to get people to buy an xbox one AND a kinect for windows (and charge an insane price for it to).

    sorry Microsoft it's not going to happen, i will not be buying either.

      I'm sure before this you were all hyped up and ready to buy a One just for the Kinect tho, right?
      Don't be that guy who has no intention of ever doing something and then just posts comments about how someone has lost a sale they never had, its getting really goddamn old on here.

        I'll start by saying that personally I'm not looking to buy an Xbone at all at this point in time.

        However, having being a film maker dabbling in VFX some of the things I've seen done with Kinects are pretty impressive. In the next year or two, that tied with a strong exclusive might easily have changed my mind and had me buy one.

        For a lot of people, purchase decisions are due to many small factors eventually adding up to a valuable whole.

        This is absurd double dipping which will also limit how many people experiment and create really cool stuff, it's greedy, short sighted and awful for everyone involved. Even MS.

    I dunno, all I can hear is the thousands of hackers saying "Challenge Accepted"

    It's all yours for the price of a PS4.

    Don't worry, it won't work on the Xbone either!

    ...because plugs are so hard to hack around *facepalm

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