Xbox One Kinect won’t work with PCs

Friday, 28th June 2013 03:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Unlike the Xbox 360 version, the Xbox One’s Kinect won’t work with your PC.

The current Kinect has a proprietary connector but comes with an adapter allowing it to be plugged into a USB port on a PC; in a statement provided to Ars Technica, a Microsoft representative said this isn’t the case for the new camera motion controller, which will instead come in two platform-specific varieties.

“The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adapter that allows it to plug into a computer. The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB3 port,” the spokesperson said.

The two different Kinects will have similar capabilities but will apparently not be compatible with each other.

“The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will be a fully tested, licensed, and supported Kinect experience on Windows. Kinect for Xbox One is being built for and tested with the Xbox One,” Microsoft said.

It will be interesting to see if homebrew developers find some way to circumvent this restriction.

Even before Microsoft released a Windows SDK for Kinect, hackers were doing all sorts of cool things with it – so much so that everyone eventually got bored of reporting on them.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. easux

    just one more thing you cant do with xbox one,

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Francis O

    It’s a Xbox One Kinect, not a PC Kinect. I never expected it to work with PCs.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    they make xboxes they make windowes… but they couldn’t just use the same damn universal plug on both spycams. at micro$hafts they dont understand that it would be best for their own good. to get the spycam to fit with everything, so they can hopefully get more people to use the damn thing. but no at micro$hafts it is best to cripple the most hated products. who runs this company, mickey mouse?, LOL!…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mojo

    of course not.
    PCs got no TV, TV, TV, TV, TV, Sports Sports sports TV

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Silent Killer01

    So, the first Kinect didn’t work for PC… ow wait.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Rikki

    Did the first Kinect work with PC? I know people got it to work with PC’s, but did it have native PC support?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. pukem0n

    just one more reason for the fanboys to hate microsoft.
    reality is, noone needs this for his pc ^^

    #7 2 years ago
  8. pcbros

    @1 Yep… good thing the PS Eye connects to the PC.

    @7 I just want it for mocap for 3D animations :)

    #8 2 years ago

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