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Kinect for Windows launching on February 1

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Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect for Windows will arrive next month.

The company announced during its Consumer Electronic Show 2012 (CES) keynote address that Kinect will be made available for the PC from February 1.

Kinect for Windows will include the Kinect commercial SDK for developers, and is compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Kinect Sensor for Windows


It will also feature a "near mode," allowing the Kinect sensor to accurately detect objects and motions from distances as close as 50 centimetres.

Kinect for Windows will not be compatible with Xbox 360, with a clear note on the box stating "PC optimized - not for use with Xbox 360."

A pre-order page went up on Amazon US following Microsoft's CES 2012 keynote, pricing Kinect for Windows at $250 (£161.50) in North America, $130 over the current price of Kinect for Xbox 360.

It has also been confirmed on Microsoft's website that Kinect for Windows academic licences will be made available for qualified users, costing $149 (£96.25).

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Watch a video of Kinect controlling Windows below:

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