The second generation Kinect sensor which was originally bundled with the Xbox One until Microsoft decided to launch a Kinect-free SKU, is finally heading to Windows, at least according to the Microsoft Store it is. It’s apparently launching on July 15 according to the listing and will set you back a whopping $199, that’s almost half the price of the Xbox One itself.
The Kinect 2.0, originally bundled with the Xbox One, brought a wave of new motion and voice controls for Microsoft’s latest-gen console, giving us the ability to turn on and off the console, record gameplay clips, and switch to different apps without lifting a finger. If however you’re wondering why anyone would want a Kinect for their PC, there’s good reason!
With the power found in the Kinect 2.0, bringing the peripheral to PC unlocks the ability to create and develop better motion controlled apps which will hopefully be utilised by businesses and organisations rather than those of us who sit in dark rooms playing endless hours of video games.
Last year Kinect for Windows director Bob Heddle said, “Both the new Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. 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.”
The listing can be found here giving you the chance to pre-order the peripheral, if you’ve got the cash to splash.