Kinect For Windows Hardware Now Available From Amazon & Microsoft Store

Microsoft today announced the availability of Kinect For Windows hardware. The device is available for sale from Amazon and Microsoft Store. The device will cost $249 and will have one year warranty.

The newly released Kinect for Windows hardware is optimized for use with computers and devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 developer preview (desktop applications only), and Windows Embedded-based devices. Some of the changes to the hardware include:

Near modeEnables the camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation out to 3 meters.

Shortening USB cable and small dongleEnsure reliability across a broad range of computers and improves coexistence with other USB peripherals.

Support and software updatesThe Kinect for Windows hardware includes a one-year warranty, support, and access to software updates for both speech and human tracking.

In the US, Visit Amazon , Visit Microsoft Store  to order it. Also the Kinect for Windows sensor will soon be available through a global network of distributors and resellers soon.


  • Anonymous

    Does the Xbox Kinect also work on the PC?

    • Robert Wade

      LOL.  Nope….most people don’t stand six feet away from their computers, nor do they have their computers in large rooms.  This version is designed specifically for the way we interact with computers.

      • Anonymous

        Oh I didn’t mean “does it work well”.  I understand this PC version is optimized for closer up stuff.  What I was wondering was if you can plug in the xbox version and still use the Kinect SDK with it.

        • Anonymous

          The SDK supports up to 4 Kinects, regular, or Kinect for Windows.

  • Lukas Greb

    Does the Windows Kinect also work on the Xbox?