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Kinect for Windows is not for you!


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#1 SurB86

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 05:54 PM

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Amazon is selling Kinect Sensor for Windows for $250. If you were hoping to pick up a Kinect motion sensor for Windows and start playing Xbox 360-like motion sensor games like Kinect Sports or Just Dance, then sorry to blow up your bubble. This expensive device has nothing to do with consumers having fun. Instead, Kinect for Windows is, for now at least, purely a toy for developers, Paul Thurrott found out.

Kinect Sensor for Windows is an updated version of motion sensors which now supports new near mode that no longer requires using it in a room that's at least 6 feet deep.

But when you plug the Kinect into a Windows-based PC, nothing happens. Check Device Manager, however, and you'll see a Kinect entry, so the drivers were properly found and loaded. But the device doesn't register as a normal video or audio device, so you can't use it for, say, Skype in either capacity. It just sits there, with a blinking green light, doing nothing.

The device does not ship with any software at all!

If you want to enjoy the motion sensor gaming with Kinect then either wait for Windows 8 which hopefully support Kinect out of the box or wait for some PC games to be released with Kinect support or buy Xbox 360.

Edited by SurB86, 09 February 2012 - 05:55 PM.


#2 Villain

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:27 PM

For the Consumers .. Useless Device is Useless.
For the Developers.. Useless Device = Potential Future Profits.

#3 pcHuntqwerty

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:30 PM

Kinect for Windows is not for you, for now!

#4 ThunderROM

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:05 PM

I have the Xbox version which works on PC too where as you can't use the PC version of Kinect with your Xbox.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

I have the Xbox version which works on PC too where as you can't use the PC version of Kinect with your Xbox.

better sensors are in the PC version, for less-than 6 foot wide rooms...
Do those exist? Must be living in a dorm.. or in china, or japan...

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