Kinect for Windows set for launch on February 1st

By Leeky
Jan 10, 2012
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  1. Taking the center stage during what will supposedly be Microsoft's last keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company's CEO Steve Ballmer officially announced to those in attendance that…

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  2. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    <<The new model is labeled as ?PC optimized ? not for use with Xbox 360.?>>

    This is just a way to make us buy one for the xbox and another one for the PC! it's hilarious and irritating the way Microsoft makes so much money from peripherals. If they'd care for the consumer the ad would have said: <<Compatible with PC and Xbox 360>>
  3. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    $249.99 and not compatible with X box? Is there an Apple lurking at Microsoft?
  4. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I was refering to this part of the article: "the new model is labeled as ?PC optimized ? not for use with Xbox 360.?

    Don't know why it dissapeared...
  5. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Cueto-99-I can still see that part of the article--FYI--my post is meant to be sarcastic.
  6. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    It all sounds very interesting to try on the pc, although not for 249.99. I do have one question though. Is there any software out that utilizes te kinect? I can't find any and this is pretty much just a 250 dollar paper weight without any software.
  7. Quote: "This is just a way to make us buy one for the xbox and another one for the PC!"

    True in a way, but some camera lens are very superior to others. For example, take a standard camera and move up to just a couple cm's (1 inch) away from an object. You will see its very blury. Now take a lens like Carl Zeiss lens and do the same thing, infintly clearer. I am assuming since the PC connect uses 3 of these higher end lens its the reason why its more money. Becasue of the focusing, a standard xbox kinnect couldn't do that. You ever see the XBox Kinnect pics that it takes of you? Horrible in every way.

    I would also bet you can use a PC kinnect for an xbox but NOT an xbox kinnect for a PC.
  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Or.... you could use your hi accuracy mouse...

    Don't make complicated what is simple, that's a law on engineering.
  9. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    i think the point here is that eventually you'll be able to use hand gesture to to control the OS or MCE sitting in front of an HTPC computer watching TV, blu-ray, and videos without use of a mouse or remote.
  10. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    I wouldn't mind getting a Kinect for the PC if there are programs that use it. On the other hand, $250 is awfully expensive for a webcam. What is in the PC version that makes it cost the same as 2.5 XBox Kinects?
  11. Why would they make software for the PC model when they barley make anything worth playing for the 360 one?

    Wait a few months and it will be 99 bucks cause it blows just like the 360 one.
  12. Part of it would be what Guest explained about the lens. The other part that the article failed to mention is that the Xbox 360 version's price is lower because it is subsidized by the games you will buy for Kinect. Surely everyone will buy *at least* one game. So Microsoft still gets their money back after selling it so cheap.

    With the PC version, Microsoft has no idea what people may or not buy after they have a Kinect, and since it's Windows Microsoft would never get any money from the software that people would buy for it anyway. Therefore, they have to sell the PC Kinect at a higher upfront price to make up for the money they would have made back through game sales with the Xbox version.

    If the Xbox Kinect was offically compatible with Windows then people buy the subsidized Kinect (Xbox Kinect) and then use it with Windows, and never buy Kinect games, and Microsoft would never get that subsidization money. I think the reason they did it this way was mostly to protect themselves financially.

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