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Xbox One Kinect doesn't work on PCs, according to Microsoft

The Microsoft Xbox One Kinect will not connect directly to the PC.

Published Tue, Jan 21 2014 3:21 PM CST   |   Updated Thu, Sep 3 2020 2:12 PM CDT

Microsoft has confirmed PC users will need a special version of the Kinect, as the Xbox One edition won't ship with a USB adapter so it can be connected to a PC. Instead, Microsoft made sure to include a proprietary connector unable to connect into a PC, and there are no immediate plans to release an adapter.

Xbox One Kinect doesn't work on PCs, according to Microsoft | TweakTown.com

"The Kinect for Xbox One Sensor will not have an adapter that allows it to plug into a computer," a Microsoft spokesperson told tech journalists. "... the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB3 port. The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will be a fully tested, licensed, and supported Kinect experience on Windows."

The original Xbox 360 Kinect shipped with an adapter so the system could plug into a regular USB port or use power from a power outlet - and hackers were able to turn the adapter into a tool to test out the Kinect's power - as it was a cheaper 3D camera than other alternatives.

It's an interesting move from Microsoft, as the company wants Windows-based developers to use the Kinect for next-generation, third party programs.

NEWS SOURCE:arstechnica.com

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