Microsoft to end sales of original Kinect for Windows sensor in 2015

Microsoft will begin to phase out sales of its first Kinect for Windows hardware sensor. based on the hardware first released for the Xbox 360 Kinect add-on, sometime in 2015, in favor of the recently launched Kinect for Windows v2, based on the Xbox One version of the hardware.

The company celebrated the original Kinect for Windows device in a blog post today:

"The original Kinect for Windows sensor was a milestone achievement in the world of natural human computing. It allowed developers to create solutions that broke through the old barriers of mouse and keyboard interactions, opening up entirely new commercial experiences in multiple industries, including retail, education, healthcare, education, and manufacturing. The original Kinect let preschoolers play educational games by simply moving their arms; it coached patients through physical rehabilitation; it gave shoppers new ways to engage with merchandise and even try on clothes. The list of innovative solutions powered by the original Kinect for Windows goes on and on."

Today's announcement did not give an exact date for when sales of the first Kinect for Windows sensor will end.

Source: Kinect for Windows blog (opens in new tab)

John Callaham
15 Comments
  • Dear god, what will we do!
  • Use the Kinect V2, of course!
  • Touche
  • Looking forward to the new innovations for the next Kinect...
  • Well it is out now c: (unless you mean the next revision, I think we're all looking forward to it.)
  • r.i.p. og Kinect for Windows.
  • Any thing I can do of use or interest with the Kinnect for Windows? I know there are uses, I just don't know them or where to look past a Bing search......
  • I've used it to create quick and easy motion capture data.
  • Little surprised it is even still for sale now that V2 is out.
  • I wouldn't doubt they stopped manufacturing it a while ago, and are just getting rid of old stock before they annouced it's end of sale. I'm glad though. I have been impressed with the advance between V1 and V2, can't wait to see V3 someday.
  • The end of an era.
  • "in multiple industries, including retail,' education', healthcare,' education' and manufacturing." They used the word ' education' twice in the sentence.
  • The Kinect mark 1 sucks compared to the mark 2 so good riddance.
  • hey please any one tell me the latest price of kinect camera for windows v2 in dollars
  • Oh well