Kinect for Windows to launch with "limited quantities"

As we reported earlier, Microsoft has announced that it will launch a Windows-specific version of its Kinect motion gesture controller to the public on February 1 for $249. In a post on Microsoft's Kinect for Windows blog site, Microsoft is giving a warning that the Kinect for Windows product will be available "in limited quantities at first". This seems to suggest that Microsoft is preparing people to expect some early sell outs for the device for at least the first few weeks or months.

The blog also touched on why the Kinect for Windows device is being sold for $249 while the Xbox 360 version has a $149 price tag. Microsoft stated:

The ability to sell Kinect for Xbox 360 at its current price point 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. In addition, the Kinect for Xbox 360 was built for and tested with the Xbox 360 console only, which is why it is not licensed for general commercial use, supported or under warranty when used on any other platform.

Microsoft did say that at some point in the future it will sell Kinect for Windows at $149 for use in schools and other qualified education-based organizations.

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"limited quantities" and 150 bucks more on top.
No PC use with the 360 Kinect device.

Microsoft sure is testing their EULA effectivity here

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
"limited quantities" and 150 bucks more on top.
No PC use with the 360 Kinect device.

Microsoft sure is testing their EULA effectivity here

GS:mac

$150 + $150 = $249? That's some good math there Lou.

PeterTHX said,

$150 + $150 = $249? That's some good math there Lou.


You know you can get Kinect for less, right?
Or do you only shop MSRP style?

edit:/addition:
Wasn't even trying hard to find a possibly better price than this ($99, relevance sorted even):
http://www.google.com/search?q=kinect&tbm=shop

Now add the possibility to shop used Kinects and you get better deals even I'm sure.
(Not really the kind of device you "have to get new", but I will give you that comparing new and used prices is lame, so I left it at new vs new "new")

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

You know you can get Kinect for less, right?
Or do you only shop MSRP style?

GS:mac

The $250 for the Windows version is also MSRP, so by your metrics it also should be available for less when it's released...

PeterTHX said,

The $250 for the Windows version is also MSRP, so by your metrics it also should be available for less when it's released...


Yup, wasn't arguing that, just that the real world price difference between those two versions is incredible now on pre-order price.

(well, it is either way, obviously, just 50 bucks more incredible on pre-order )

GS:mac

Some of us got the retail version of Kinect that works with Xbox 360 but could also be used with the non-commercial SDK. Now they want us to shell out $$$ again for the one designed exclusively for PC. Hey MS, why don't give such people a free updated for-PC Kinect replacement?

Someone will figure how to get this new "firmware" to work with the regular Kinect and people will be able to pick up the same thing for $100

FISKER_Q said,
So why not just get the Xbox version?

I'm wondering that myself, what the actual hardware differences are. Otherwise, someone will just figure out a way to flash the firmware of a 360 Kinect.

Kushan said,

I'm wondering that myself, what the actual hardware differences are. Otherwise, someone will just figure out a way to flash the firmware of a 360 Kinect.

Would've been nice with some high-end sensor equipment in it, so we can kinda have the original concept of using it for 3d modeling/texturing.

Kushan said,

I'm wondering that myself, what the actual hardware differences are. Otherwise, someone will just figure out a way to flash the firmware of a 360 Kinect.


The Xbox Kinect has already been hacked by some to work on a windows machine. Not sure if there is a tutorial on how to achieve, but some have.

TakeNothingBack said,

The Xbox Kinect has already been hacked by some to work on a windows machine. Not sure if there is a tutorial on how to achieve, but some have.

Well yes, but they might not work with any Microsoft firmware/drivers.

FISKER_Q said,

Well yes, but they might not work with any Microsoft firmware/drivers.

Yeah but, doesn't the Kinect SDK contain all the drivers? That how I've used mine as a microphone for skype a bunch of times. They could artificially block the Kinect from Windows, but I don't see why the Xbox Kinect shouldn't work otherwise...

I can see some potential in using Kinect with Windows but at that price it will not be an easy sale.

Furthermore we all know that within three, six months at most the price will go down substantially.

I never cared for Kinect for the XBox. Playstation has a better version. I don't personally care to sit in front on my TV and look like a retard. I rather just have a gun (like duck hunt), than an imaginary gun.

KomaWeiss said,
I never cared for Kinect for the XBox. Playstation has a better version. I don't personally care to sit in front on my TV and look like a retard. I rather just have a gun (like duck hunt), than an imaginary gun.

so your argument here is that while playing Kinect you look like a retard and what, playing with Move you actually look good?

i wouldnt recommend basing a first date on either one tho

Morden said,

so your argument here is that while playing Kinect you look like a retard and what, playing with Move you actually look good?

Yeah, because I can be holding a gun, not playing cops and robbers with our fingers.
i wouldnt recommend basing a first date on either one tho