Microsoft has unveiled a listing for Kinect v2 for Windows. It is set to release on July 15 for $199 and is available for pre-order now.
This version of Kinect, “is intended for use with the Kinect for Windows software development kit 2.0,”. This hints that it is aimed more towards developers, more so than gamers. It will still come with four microphones and two visual sensors. We have yet to receive confirmation for the release date or pricing for the standalone Xbox One version, but it should be expected to appear at E3.
It looks like Microsoft is still pushing the Kinect. If Xbox One owners weren’t interested in it, what makes them think PC owners will be, let alone developers? Developers aren’t going to want to work with it if consumers aren’t going to use it. On top of that, I think $200 is just a bit too much to ask. The only true market the Kinect had was casual gamers, and like I’ve stated in the past, they’ve all pretty much moved on to mobile gaming. People are over motion controls for the most part. Still, at least Microsoft isn’t force feeding the Kinect to us. I hate to sound negative, but I just don’t see this PC version of Kinect doing well at all.
What do you think of Kinect v2 coming to PC?by