For $100 More, Buy the Kinect for PC!

Microsoft has announced that Kinect is coming to Windows on February 1, and will cost $250 — $100 more than the Xbox 360 version. That’s right — what amounts to the same basic piece of hardware will cost significantly more for PC users.

Here’s Microsoft’s excuse for the price increase:

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.

Hackers and hobbyists have had the Kinect working on PC for over a year, and that last statement was obviously fired in their direction. In a sense, Microsoft is saying that Kinect for PC will cost more because it will have fewer applications. That’s businessman logic for you.

Will you be picking up Kinect for PC?

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7 Comments on For $100 More, Buy the Kinect for PC!


On January 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

The box in the product image says “For commercial use”.

Mainstream doesn’t appear to be what they are going for.

But if you still want to go and buy it, well then why not.


On January 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

People are already having a difficult time using the Kinect in their living rooms… how would it be any better in a smaller computer area?

Squire Zed

On January 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

So PC gets screwed over again, right? That kinda sucks for PC. Still, Kinect really isn’t worth $250 to the majority of PC gamers, and very few games do or will probably support a Kinect more than as an average webcam. I know I personally would never pay $150, much less $250, for getting an overkill webcam that I don’t have space or software to use.


On January 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

What exactly would i do with a kinect for the PC? the PC cant play X360 games (not counting some less legal stuff) and all kinect games are X360

So er… why would anyone buy a 250 dollar paperweight that essentially does nothing?


On January 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

My 7 year old boy liked the way Kinectimals looked, but if I was going to pay $250 dollars for it, I’d buy a 360. So…no sale here.


On January 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

The reasoning behind the price hike makes perfect since, Like iv been saying on other posts here, console makers like sony and microsoft don’t really make any money at all on hardware, they depend on the games that people buy when obtaining that hardware, if it wasn’t like that consoles would still be priced at the price they where first released.


On January 13, 2012 at 6:20 am

Or just use the XB360 Kinect you already got (which cost you only $150) with the official COMPLETELY FREE downloadable Microsoft SDK for PCs. That way you don’t spend an another $250 for getting the dedicated PC Kinect.

If you already have a Kinect for XB360 you don’t have to spend one more penny to use it with your computer, just need to download this OFFICIAL SDK for FREE from Microsoft’s own website.
And yes it does support the “Kinect for XB360″ hardware, as it says so right on Microsoft’s own page.