Kinect will return to Windows, in its Xbox One form. But it won’t come bundled with Just Dance or Ryse. Rather, it’s designed for use with its new Software Development Kit, and will sell for a not-so-cool $199.
Microsoft are marketing the new Kinect for Windows to developers of interactive voice and gesture-based apps - not so much those of us who like our games to see right through us, to the blood and bones.
“The v2 sensor is intended for use with the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0,” reads the blurb on the Microsoft Store, where the sensor is listed for release on July 15.
Expect apps like this one, which photoshops wooly hats onto the heads of passing shoppers to force them into considering a skiing holiday:
A blog last year suggested Microsoft had earmarked the new Kinect for industry rather than fun. They foresee potential applications in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, education and communications before games.
Given that the majority of Kinect-heavy games to date have been Xbox exclusives, it’s tough to imagine what we might be missing out on. But it would’ve been nice to see room for the occasional indie oddity, wouldn’t it?