CES 2012: Kinect coming to Windows PCs February 1

Whether you use it or just stare at it quizzically, Kinect has been a big success for Microsoft. In fact, at CES they revealed they’ve shipped more than 18 million add-ons for the 360 since it launched in late 2010. And now Microsoft has given a very concrete date for Kinect spreading its influence to your PC starting February 1.

But hold your horses, this doesn’t mean you can just plug in your current Kinect into your PC and go to town, because you’ll need a separate Kinect for PC, and it isn’t cheap. Amazon prices Kinect on the PC as $250, which is $100 more than it’s going for on the 360 on Amazon. Also, Microsoft was short on any news on games for the machine (it did list a few apps for the hardware), though it probably will work well with the Windows 8 interface that looks so similar to the current 360 dashboard. But why, when hackers have proven the current Kinect can work on a PC, is Microsoft launching a separate, more expensive Kinect with so little software support in less than a month? We’re pretty confused at the moment. More as it develops.


  • ChaosEternal - January 10, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    The only difference I could think of is this one says "For commercial use" on the box. So... is Microsoft saying you could design a product or service that in some way uses Kinect? I am confused. :P
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - January 10, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Not using my mouse for entertainment purposes would be nice. For getting actual work done and playing FPS's not so much. I'll stick to my hacks, unless they make it really worth it. It is also interesting to note, the Kinect was working fine on Linux before people hacked it for windows. There is some sense of irony there.
  • jasoncarter - January 10, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Why in hell would any pc gamer wait this? I mean seriously. 250? I could buy a console for god sakes if I felt like it instead. That or I could upgrade my computer with something useful.
  • Shadow Of Death - January 10, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    Lolwut? $250 seriously? If it doesn't at least have a significantly higher resolution camera and sensors in general, plus better software support....I don't see the point for the price hike.
  • MadMan - January 10, 2012 3:06 a.m.

    Simple math... I don't care about kinect on Xbox + new kinect for PC = Still don't care about kinect
  • digitalman29 - January 9, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    Now PC gamers can play crappy games too.
  • ItBurnsWhenIWii - January 9, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    I was excited until "you’ll need a separate Kinect for PC". :(
  • bigwill1221 - January 9, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    Hmm... didn't they say that it would work closer up for pc I think?... Though that is a huge price hike...
  • Redeater - January 9, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    I'll admit I'm a kinect newb. Mostly because I don't have one and don't really have any desire to actually buy one because there doesn't seem to be anything major coming out for it and I could care less about Dance Central. I wrong or is kinect as much ass as I think it is?
  • ThatGuyFromTV - January 9, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    It's not ass, it's just that everyone is able to find a way to get it to work BESIDES Microsoft and anyone making a game that uses it. It seems to be great technology for everything besides what it was supposedly built for. Sweet, sweet irony.
  • FaceEater - January 10, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    You are wrong. Gunstringer, Child of Eden, and Kinect Sports are all extremely fun games as well as others. Plus I can't tell you how many times voice controls become a necessity when I can't find the damn remote.
  • Redeater - January 10, 2012 4:57 a.m.

    Ok so excluding Gunstringer, Child of Eden (which I have played and I have heard it is still better with a controller)your telling me what it is worth it just for the voice controls??!! That is one of my biggest problems. Halo Anni and Mass Effect 3 both use kinect voice controls. That is great except that you should be able to use your normal mic. Essentially you are paying $150 in order to get a function that you already have.
  • Fiirestorm21 - January 10, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    I was able to use my family's Kinect when I came home this past Christmas and came to similar conclusions. The only thing at all cool about it you should be able to do with a headset. Most of the time it feels like a slightly better version of the Eye Toy back on PS2, which isn't exactly high praise. I wouldn't quite call it a terrible device, but it definitely isn't worth the price. And that's before Microsoft jacked it up another $100 for the PC version. You'd definitely be safe avoiding it.
  • Ninban - January 9, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    Typo: "when hackers have proven the current Kinect can work on a 360" You actually mean it can work on PC.

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