Microsoft Kinect for Windows

Announced through the booming vocal chords of Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft keynote during CES 2012, Kinect for Windows is, oddly enough, being touted by Microsoft as not being compatible with an Xbox — only a PC. It still offers the same cameras and directional microphones as the Xbox version, however, and this version will come with the SDK bundled in the box.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 1, 2012
  • Price at launch: $249.99

What You Need To Know

  • New update allows "near-mode," granting the Kinect to see things starting 50-centimeters away "without losing accuracy or precision."
  • It bears repeating: this version of Kinect is NOT compatible with Xbox 360
  • Old deployments created using the Xbox version of Kinect will not be compatible with the official version of the SDK- but the Beta SDK has been extended to mid-2016
  • It is available with academic pricing at $149.99

Basic Specs

Weight 3.1 pounds
Connection type Wired

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias Project Natal
Codename Project Natal
Hardware
Weight 3.1 pounds
Color Black
Connectivity
Connection type Wired
Wired port Proprietary
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