Microsoft has launched the Kinect motion gaming accessory for Windows computers. Kinect for Windows PCs will cost $250 in the US. Kinect has been a huge hit for the XBOX 360 gaming console and now it is available for Windows PCs also. However, Kinect for XBOX cost $149 and the price factor will play a major role in the success of the Windows version. For the detection of gestures as inputs, Kinect for Windows uses a camera. It has a microphone that responds to voice commands.
Some advanced features have been introduced in the Kinect controller for Windows. It has a sensor that can monitor motion gestures within a range of 40 centimeters. As compared to this, the XBOX Kinect controller had a range of 1.2-3.5 meters. Kinect for Windows will be compatible with the Windows 7 operating system and also Windows 8 that will be launched later in 2012. Various regions where Kinect for Windows is now available includes the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Japan, New Zealand and Mexico.