Kinect v2 Priced at $200 for Windows, Coming July 15

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Kinect v2 Priced at $200 for Windows, Coming July 15

Kinect v2 Windows

After unbundling the Kinect from the Xbox One, Microsoft hopes Windows users will buy the Kinect.

The second version of the Kinect sensor will launch for Windows on July 15, according to a Microsoft store listing. It will retail for $199.00.

Kinect v2 launched with the Xbox One, bundled with each console. Microsoft removed the Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One in May. The console packaged without the Kinect costs $399. Interestingly, while the difference between an Xbox One with Kinect and without Kinect is $100, the cost of Kinect v2 for Windows is twice as much.

The peripheral will work with voice- and gesture-based applications for Windows, but users can't speak to Windows with Kinect. Microsoft finalized the hardware in March.

Kinect for Windows director Bob Heddle said the Kinect will allow people to develop innovative touch-free applications. "Both the Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies," he said. "Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences. The precision and intuitive responsiveness that the new platform provides will accelerate the development of voice and gesture experiences on computers."

Kinect v2 for Windows sensor doesn't ship with software; it's intended to be used with Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 for building applications.

Microsoft is holding a virtual training event on July 15, the same day as the Windows peripheral releases, designed as a "jump start" for any developers looking to use Kinect v2 to enable speech, gesture, and human understanding in applications and experiences.

Source: Microsoft Store via CVG

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The peripheral will work with voice- and gesture-based applications for Windows, but users can't speak to Windows with Kinect.

This seems... a wee bit silly.

Trying to palm that shit off to PC users now? Not gestures, but gesture "experiences". Of course. "Precision and intuitive responsiveness"...Christ, this speech is utterly divine.

"Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences."

...*Hnkrnfgbk*...my chest...

Cee Lo Green said it best, Microsoft.

Now that's a market I can see it succeeding a bit more, at least in certain applications. I know a few people in the indie film scene that have used hacked kinects for motion-capture and would love to get their hands on upgraded versions. Dat price though...

i think its the perfect gift for people with rampant paranoia.

"at least this way you know..."

Removing the Kinect makes the XBox1 cost $100 less, but the peripheral on it's own costs 200 for PC? How does that work exactly?

So they're selling the Kinect for 200 dollars but the Xbone only costs 100 less when they remove the Kinect. Isn't that basically a price increase on the core hardware?

Barbas:
Trying to palm that shit off to PC users now?

Considering all the applications that made use of Kinect well were not Xbox related, I don't see why not. Selling a model directly to Windows users means they can actually do something good with it.

you know, the Leapmotion tried motion interaction for pc, and it was a helluva lot cheaper, more compact for a desk-space use, and still didn't get very far last I knew. face it M$... the kinect is a failure except for hackers, DIYers, and the gimmick crowd......and people who actually like it for xbone menu/netflix.

Does less.. costs more.. has very little useful application for gamers.. doubtful application for everyone else.

Come on MS, have you learned nothing?

When I read the title:

Sorry Kinect, I'm not going to waste my money on a peripheral with minimal use and that tells Microsoft about all the children I have in hamster wheels to power my PC...oops

Waste of time judging by how close people sit to their PC screen.

Can't use the kinect to yell at your computer? Well, crap, that's the one use I'd want to use it for, if only to pretend like you're in a sci-fi film of "COMPUTER! Do this. I would, but I can't be arsed". As for doubling the price because they want PC nerds to develop apps for it rather than do it themselves... Actually, you'd get some who'll probably do that, who am I kidding. I look forward to someone modding kinect compatibility to FTL, though.

So it's twice the expected price and comes with no ready software?

Sounds like the perfect addition to my useless peripheral collection!

*looks at $45 webcam sitting on monitor*

*sees Kinect is now essentially a webcam for $200*

*Decides to keep $45 webcam and laugh at whatever Micro$oft is trying to accomplish here*

ddrkreature:
*looks at $45 webcam sitting on monitor*

*sees Kinect is now essentially a webcam for $200*

*Decides to keep $45 webcam and laugh at whatever Micro$oft is trying to accomplish here*

Yeah... that was pretty much my thought. I mean uhm....You think MS is getting desperate? or Just Stupid.

Kinects are awesome for tinkering.
However, why get a new, higher price one with limited functionality when xbox one-owners are getting rid of theirs for 50?

I can see a niche market for it, people working on omni directional treadmills and with oculus rift have been using Kinect so an improved version might appeal to them.

Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences

Hmm, I guess 'revolutionize' doesn't mean what I thought it meant.

revolutionize: verb: change (something) radically or fundamentally

Oh, nevermind. Must just be PR bullshit as usual. Unless Microsoft thinks that the future of home and office computing is standing six feet away from the screen flailing wildly to try and change browser tabs whilst actually opening MS Paint then reformatting your hard drive. All for the low, low price of way too much.

kailus13:
Removing the Kinect makes the XBox1 cost $100 less, but the peripheral on it's own costs 200 for PC? How does that work exactly?

Because they don't need to make any money with Xbox hardware, all the profit comes with games/subs/micro-transactions. But if they sell it to PC users they will not get a cent after the one purchase, so anything they pocket needs to come in the base price.

It's like everyone has suddenly forgot about all the cool things people were doing with Kinect for PC the last time Kinect came out for pc, this is probably because everyone hates Microsoft more nowadays...
Why wouldnt the people doing these kind of things want an updated version.

Only now are they selling this thing not bundled with a toy?
What took them so long?

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

I know most people dont like Kinect but comparing it to a regular webcam? Are you guys fucking insane, even the rather crappy original Kinect did a lot of cool and usefull stuff years ago that webcams now still cant do so yeah, you may not want it but a lot of people do.

llamastorm.games:
It's like everyone has suddenly forgot about all the cool things people were doing with Kinect for PC the last time Kinect came out for pc, this is probably because everyone hates Microsoft more nowadays...
Why wouldnt the people doing these kind of things want an updated version.

I think that this is about all they can realistically hope for. General consumers have clearly indicated that they didn't want the damn thing when it added $100 to the xbone, I doubt they're going to want it for $200...

Now... if say you had a access to a research fund for robotics or somesuch, I can see it being snapped up by the same people being inovative with the last one.

PC users: "Uh thanks but we already have microphones, webcams, and touch screens...."

llamastorm.games:
Why wouldnt the people doing these kind of things want an updated version.

Maybe because it still has the reliability and accuracy of narcoleptic homing pigeon with no sense of direction. And even when it does work you're just playing a mediocre game held back by having to use motion controls that are not even close to being as functional as using a controller.

Motion controls (along with voice controls and 3D) are overpriced gimmicks with niche appeal and use. One day we may have the holo-deck from Star Trek but until then the Kinect and it's ilk are big expensive paperweights.

I worked very hard during my youth to not shift my body to the right when I turn right in a racing game, now I see it's not in vain, I can avoid shitty overpriced products like this.

gamegod25:
PC users: "Uh thanks but we already have microphones, webcams, and touch screens...."

llamastorm.games:
Why wouldnt the people doing these kind of things want an updated version.

Maybe because it still has the reliability and accuracy of narcoleptic homing pigeon with no sense of direction. And even when it does work you're just playing a mediocre game held back by having to use motion controls that are not even close to being as functional as using a controller.

Motion controls (along with voice controls and 3D) are overpriced gimmicks with niche appeal and use. One day we may have the holo-deck from Star Trek but until then the Kinect and it's ilk are big expensive paperweights.

People aren't using the Kinect on pc to play games.
Microsoft brought out the Kinect for PC due to people demanding it and at the time everyone applauded them...
They can be used as a cheap alternative to usually very very expensive technology

Maybe if the Kinect wasnt a piece of crap, I would be somewhat interested in a motion capture thing for some games.

But the Kinect IS a piece of crap, and there are probably cheaper and more accurate versions of this thing floating around, waiting to be discovered.

That's quite interesting. I like the idea of a new way to interact with a computer, providing that there are programs that make use of it in such a way that it's better or more intuitive than just using the mouse, particularly considering the cost for such a specific device. It could have interesting applications (no pun intended).

All that said, aren't Kinects designed to work from somewhere between 4'-8' away? If so, how can it work on PCs where most users are 2'-3' away from their screens.

What, so we'll have to have 4m of space around our computers? That'll happen.

roseofbattle:
The peripheral will work with voice- and gesture-based applications for Windows, but users can't speak to Windows with Kinect.

wtf is this

Like seriously, my blanking headset can do that. What excuse is there for this?

"Revolutionize"? The Kinect only revolutionizes jokes on the internet not aimed at teen pop stars. The market for this is tinkerers and researchers who don't care about fluffy advertizing points. Stop wagging your investors, MS.

rofltehcat:
Kinects are awesome for tinkering.
However, why get a new, higher price one with limited functionality when xbox one-owners are getting rid of theirs for 50?

Exactly what I was thinking. There were already people hacking the kinect 2 to get PC drivers working for it. M$ should have just released a SDK for the Xbone version then released this one far later for the researchers that can't get/don't want to get a used(haha yeah, "used") xbox kinect. It sure would have helped the xbone market since early adopters wanting to get rid of that spy cam they were swindled into buying would have a demanding market of tinkerers to sell to and the xbox owners could have enough money to get another game. This is M$ just being a stupid business again and trying to make a quick extra buck and save face by saying "no one wants rid of their old kinect, so buy our Windows version."

Ah ha ha ha... Oh Microsoft, still trying to sell your irrelevant, over-priced products. Seriously though, this would almost be cute if it weren't so despicable.

As much as I want to rip MS on this, I'll wait and see how they actually try to sell it. Push it as a mass consumer device... yeah laugh harder! For something to sell to hobbyist and enthusiasts though it could be a great product. Clicking on the link for it the latter seems to be what they're going for?

I... uhh... Microsoft, please look up the definition of "insanity."

Just... stop. At this point, it's just sad. The Kinect was a failure. Let it go already. There's a very, very, VERY niche market for these things.

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