Next-gen Kinect for Windows taking early sign ups; will cost $399

In May, Microsoft confirmed that the next version of the Kinect motion gesture hardware that's being made for the Xbox One would also be used for the next Kinect for Windows product. While the new Windows version won't be ready for the general public until 2014, qualified developers can go ahead and sign up to be considered for an early access program right now,

The sign up page will stay live until July 31st and after that Microsoft will notify the successful applicants sometime in August. The early access program starts in November and will cost $399. The program will offer the participants a way to use an early version of the new Kinect for Windows sensor, access to the final shipping hardware, early SDK access, a way to check out the Kinect API and sample code and direct access to the Kinect for Windows development team via a private website and message board.

It's important to point out that the $399 price is just for the early developer access to the new Kinect for Windows hardware and software. The final price for the new Kinect could be different when it is ready for launch in 2014.

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$399?, MS should kidding us. While the success of Kinect for xbox 360 was limited, the success of Kinect for Windows was close to zero. And for $399, it is the same than to kill it entirely.

It's for the dev kit and such. The final price will be lower. I'm not entirely sure what I'd do with Kinect for windows apart from voice commands though. We shall see...

If you are willing to pay $400 then they know you are serious about development (at least to some degree). In addition, your not paying for the device, you are paying for the right to have access to the MS Kinect Dev Team.

So, I'm guessing Kinect for Windows is different than Xbox Kinect in some way. I'm guessing it has to w/ Xbox Kinect assumes you are roughly 5 ft away or more (depending on living room setup), while Kinect for Windows assumes you are roughly 1-2 feet away from your computer screen (At a desk). I guess the cameras in each is built different for those scenarios.

Otherwise, I don't understand what else would be different about them.

They haven't successfully explained why Xbox One users should be paying for it, what have they done to explain to developers why they would want to use it? Or are they just throwing it out there and hoping that someone else invents a reason to buy it?

You would have to be living under a stone if you belong to the tech world and still don't know the capabilities of Kinect. They don't need to advertise it. The name speaks for itself.

AsherGZ said,
You would have to be living under a stone if you belong to the tech world and still don't know the capabilities of Kinect. They don't need to advertise it. The name speaks for itself.

Kinect for Windows is anything but new. Can you name an application (other than experimental ) that uses Kinect?.

Brony said,
Kinect for Windows is anything but new. Can you name an application (other than experimental ) that uses Kinect?.

My doctor performed surgery on me using Kinect.

I'm looking forward to using one of these, I have disabled and impaired friends that are also hoping it lives up to it's potential in actual use as well. If it comes in at $199 or less they'll have a winner, any more and they'll miss a real opportunity to capitalize, I know that's wishful thinking with Microsoft but one can hope.

The 399 price is for early dev access, SDK licences, a prerelease sensor and a final release sensor. I imagine that the price will come down for a final consumer version

It will be really interesting to see what people do with this thing once the dev kits go out. The most compelling uses for the Kinect (and the Wii sensors) were always from homebrew projects that people created.

primexx said,
somehow i don't trust having MS's eye constantly connected to my computer. I'll stick with my Leap Motion

you don't want microsoft watching you rub one off?

primexx said,
somehow i don't trust having MS's eye constantly connected to my computer. I'll stick with my Leap Motion

Geesh, people are still paranoid about having Kinect in front of them. Take a look around, your smartphone has a camera, let alone majority of the laptops comes with built in camera and microphone. What make you think that they're not looking or listening to you?

Take some tinfoil off the hat and cover the lens. Or unplug/disable the thing when it's not in use if you're that paranoid. Either one works.

Because they don't bow for you when you are particularly successful in your rubbings. Kinect is known for bowing to you or looking up nervously or side to side to check for infiltrators.

Kinect is like your cat. He's always there and he knows what's going on. He's just biding his time for the day when Cats admit they can talk. That'll be the day the Cats take over our government by promising to "Funny cat youtube" our deepest, darkest secrets if we do not obey them and mass produce giant balls of yarn.

Kinect is like that.

HisDivineOrder said,
Because they don't bow for you when you are particularly successful in your rubbings. Kinect is known for bowing to you or looking up nervously or side to side to check for infiltrators.

Kinect is like your cat. He's always there and he knows what's going on. He's just biding his time for the day when Cats admit they can talk. That'll be the day the Cats take over our government by promising to "Funny cat youtube" our deepest, darkest secrets if we do not obey them and mass produce giant balls of yarn.

Kinect is like that.

Sounds like you are talking from experience.

You are talking to someone who has a Kinect. Kinect only bows when you make adjustment. It will adjust when needed to , but it will prompt you first , so it can detect your entire body for movement. In addition, you want to declaw Kinect, don't buy it, or if you already have, unplug it from the Kinect self powered USB port, and if you have the original Xbox 360; unplug Kinect's power supply that came with it.

As for Xbox One, you just have to declaw that cat by not plugging it, period.

And by the way, that is not an excuse. A camera on a PC might not bow, but if we are really being spied at home, someone will still try ...let alone listen.

And as I always say, if you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn't be paranoid.

Again, if you can't see the sarcasm (cats, talking cats, cats taking over the government, bowing kinect), you might not even have any midichlorians, so don't even rate as a Padawan.

Yes, I don't have midichlorians because I don't relate myself to mystical characters. I might be in IT and I like Star Wars and Star Trek and such, but I don't incorporate them with in my life. It is purely entertainment for me - apparently, it is not for you.

If you couldn't see humour in MY post, god you must be fun at parties!

Oh wait, you're in IT, that explains it!! No sense of humour whatsoever.

it's funny because it's true!

Oh, now you are stereo typing everyone in IT. Let me see, you are still in your late teens or early 20s. Hmmmm, been there than that, in fact, I've graduated from that.

Than again, I am not the one who wants to become a mystical character. Oh well, such as life. thank you for the enlightenment, drive - thru.

In case anyone decides to comment before reading: The $399 price is for the 'Kinect for Windows' developer kit program. You get early SDK access, a pre-release sensor (as well as the final product), and access to a private forum.

Holy crap! If this is the same tech that comes with the Xbox One, that $499 price seems like a pretty good deal now.

Edit: I just read the ENTIRE article this time. I see what the $399 gets you now.

Well, sounds like they're going to be pretty limited and thus the higher price. Hell if Google can charge you $1,500 for glass then Kinect 2 for $399 sounds like a deal to me.