Microsoft has confirmed that the Kinect system used for Xbox One cannot be used on Windows based computers. Kinect for Xbox One will not work with PC, and consumers will have to get a separate sensor that Microsoft will be designing specifically for Windows.

Microsoft has confirmed that the Kinect system used in the Xbox One will not work on Windows PCs. The reason being that the Xbox One Kinect is not compatible with the PC, as there will be no adapter that can be used to convert the Xbox One’s Kinect connector into standard USB. Consumers who were planning to buy an Xbox One console, and later use its Kinect system on their Windows machines will not be able to do so.

Explaining the above point, a Microsoft spokesperson said:

“The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adaptor that allows it to plug into a computer…. 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. Kinect for Xbox One is being built for and tested with the Xbox One.”

If you do want to use Kinect on your Windows machine, you will either have to sign up for the early access program that is offered by Microsoft, or simply wait for the final version of Kinect for Windows to hit the shelves. This final version is expected to be available sometime in 2014, but for those who don’t want to wait that much, Microsoft’s early access program is the solution.

Microsoft will start its early access program in November this year. This program comes with an early version of Kinect for Windows, and a final version of the sensor at a later stage, and substantial developer documentation and support. And in order to sign up for this program, you will have to pay $399 as fees.