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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jun 28, 2013

New Kinect Won’t Work For PCs

The Kinect is one of those products that you either love it or you hate it. For every person that loves jumping around and seeing themselves on the screen, there’s a person who would rather sit in a recliner with a controller in their hand. The nice thing, however, about the Kinect for the Xbox 360 was the fact that it really didn’t take a lot to get it to work for PCs.

If you’re one of those folks who liked playing with the Kinect on your PC, I’ve got some bad news. According to Ars Technica Microsoft has announced that the Kinect that comes with the Xbox One will not work with the PC. This isn’t an issue about software or drives, but instead it has to do with the fact that the Kinect will be using a special proprietary connector that won’t work with a standard USB 3.0 port.

With that being said, however, Microsoft is providing a Kinect specifically for PCs. Called simple “Kinect for Windows”, this version will connect to a standard USB 3.0 port. However, if you want to get one through Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows developer program, you’ll have to shell out $399. At that point, it might be better to just get the Xbox One and find a way to fix the Kinect cord to let it plug into the PC, if only the Xbox One would work without a Kinect attached to it…

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