Microsoft Launches Kinect for Windows

Microsoft had promised Kinect for Windows to arrive on February 1 and the company has kept its word. Dedicated hardware for Kinect and Software Development Kit is now up for grabs. While the sensor looks like its Xbox 360 counterpart, viagra buy it has been described as “a fully-tested and supported Kinect experience on Windows”. The new sensor comes with advanced audio and speech features. While Microsoft had already been offering Software Development Kit for hobbyists and academics, the new kit will allow professional developers to use Kinect.

However, if you are planning to buy Kinect for Windows, just be prepared to shell out extra $100. Microsoft, on its part, has clarified that Xbox 360 Kinect is largely a subsidized product, which is not the case for Windows Kinect. Microsoft stated, “Kinect for Xbox 360 is in large part subsidized by consumers buying a number of Kinect games, subscribing to Xbox LIVE, and making other transactions associated with the Xbox 360 ecosystem.”

However, Microsoft has tweaked Kinect to justify the higher price tag. Kinect for Windows come with more sensitive camera, which is capable of seeing objects which may be placed as close as 16 inches. Since, the kit has just been launched, the new apps may take a little time to appear for mass consumption. The sensor is available for $249, however, later in the year, the company will be offering promotional academic price point of $149.


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