Xbox One Kinect adapter kit allows connection to Windows 8 PCs and tablets

Those looking to use their Xbox One Kinect with their PC will now be able to do so, thanks to a new adapter released by Microsoft.


PC users looking to take advantage of Microsoft's Kinect peripheral may no longer have to make a separate investment. If those users have an Xbox One laying around, a new adapter will allow them to hook up the Xbox One's Kinect sensor directly to their Windows 8 PC.

Microsoft unveiled the adapter kit in a new blog post (via Eurogamer), which will allow a smooth attachment to Windows 8 PCs and Microsoft Surface tablets. The Xbox One Kinect will then act just as a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor would, allowing users to use Kinect apps and the Kinect SDK 2.0, which is available as a free download.

Kinect for Windows v2 is currently running for $199. Kinect for Xbox One released earlier this month as a standalone product for $149.

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    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Xbox One Kinect adapter kit allows connection to Windows 8 PCs and tablets

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      October 22, 2014 2:34 PM

      This sensor has been arguably one of the biggest and most expensive letdowns in gaming accessory history. All that money blown on R&D and the thing launches Internet Explorer when you say 'Xbox Play Titanfall' if it even works at all. I don't know whose bright idea it was to keep the thing around since it was nearly worthless on the 360 and nobody really made any good games for it. Fuck Microsoft for doing a complete 180 and neutering console performance for what is essentially a $100 gimmicky webcam.

      Mine was a colossal piece of shit and rarely worked for more than a few days at a time before I had to launch the troubleshooting app to recalibrate it. I got tired of screaming "XBOX ON" at my Kinect 20 times for nothing to happen so towards the end I unplugged the fucker and just used the controller. I would've much rather had an extra $100 at launch with a Kinectless SKU and used that money for a game or something.

      The Kinect fiasco was one of the reasons I switched to a PS4 and I'm still bitter about it to this day which you can tell. So much rage.

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        October 22, 2014 2:37 PM

        Hahaha, the thought of someone screaming at their XBOne is hilarious.

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          October 22, 2014 2:53 PM

          Xbox On
          XBOX. ON.
          XBOX ON
          Xbox. On. Please.
          xbox on
          Xbox! ON!

          Every single time.

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        October 22, 2014 2:42 PM

        The worst thing about it is that the most used and prominent features of the Kinect could have been accomplished with a $10.00 omni directional mic.

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        October 22, 2014 2:47 PM

        Completely agree, if the voice commands would at least work consistently it would be a half way useful tool, but Jesus there are few things more infuriating and ridiculous than yelling at your kinect while trying to annunciate words ever so carefully.

        I gave up on it, however the integrated TV features in the Xbox one are still pretty neat, I'll give em that.

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        October 22, 2014 3:00 PM

        My nephews love their kinect. They think it's the coolest thing ever and use it all the time. They constantly tell me how I need to buy an Xbox One because of it.

        Remember, you're old and crusty.

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          October 22, 2014 4:37 PM

          Yeah but how old are they? If I was a youngling I'd be impressed w/ it too but I really think betting on the Kinect was a bad idea and a not-so-great peripheral to an otherwise good console.

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        October 22, 2014 4:11 PM

        It is nearly useless for video games other than the microphone but has huge potential for computer vision and VR.

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          October 22, 2014 4:36 PM

          Yeah don't get me wrong I think it has potential but just not attached to an Xbox. They would've been better served with focusing on performance parity w/ the PS4 instead of using a gimmick to get an edge. As pointed out above by vitek, the voice commands could've been handled by a relatively cheap microphone instead of an overly expensive sensor.

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            October 22, 2014 4:54 PM

            I know, I've been saying the same thing all along. I actually wished the microphone was in the controller.

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        October 22, 2014 4:33 PM

        yeah. that was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. most of us knew it would be bad, due to the previous attempt and the limitations of the technology. i'm actually pretty bummed the way the Xbone turned out, even though i bought a PS4. they did so many things right up to that point by being the new company that reacted to consumers and then pulled a complete 180, only to backpeddle after it was too late.

        if you could go back in time and tell them to use GDDR5 and drop kinect the Xbone would be the dominant console. i hope they cleaned house after that shit.

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      October 22, 2014 3:27 PM

      "Welp we gotta get rid of these somehow"

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        October 22, 2014 3:47 PM

        There were a bunch of cool science and robotics projects people did with the first one when the windows kit was released.

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          October 22, 2014 4:40 PM

          They are really good for homebrew mocap. ipiSoft makes some good software for the kinect that works with source filmmaker.

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