Microsoft Retires Kinect For Windows, To Sell Kinect V2

Microsoft will be retiring the original Kinect for Windows, in the same year that they successfully launched Kinect V2, also for Windows.

Here are some key quotes from Microsoft’s official blog post:

The move to v2 marks the next stage in our journey toward more natural human computing. The new sensor provides a host of new and improved features, including enhanced body tracking, greater depth fidelity, full 1080p high-definition video, new active infrared capabilities, and an expanded field of view.

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…

All of us on the Kinect for Windows team are grateful to all of you in the community who jumped on this technology and showed us what it could do. We know that your proven track record doing great things with the original technology will only get better with v2…

Microsoft is merely rounding out sales of their current stock for the benefit of businesses and devs still invested in the original Kinect.