Kinect hardware

Manufacturing of the Kinect sensor and adapter has been discontinued, but the Kinect technology continues to live on in products like the HoloLens, Cortana voice assistant, the Windows Hello biometric facial ID system, and a context-aware user interface.

Microsoft is working with Intel to provide an option for developers looking to transition from the Kinect for Windows platform. Microsoft will continue to provide support for the Kinect for Windows SDK via our online forums, premiere and paid technical support. As developers transition from Kinect hardware, Microsoft encourages developers to look into Intel’s RealSense depth cameras.

Verify that your current system configuration meets hardware requirements before following the sensor setup steps so that you can start developing your first Kinect-enabled Windows app.

The Kinect sensor includes a one-year limited warranty, support, and access to software updates for both speech and body/facial tracking. Find troubleshooting topics and other support resources.

Kinect hardware key features and benefits

Feature Benefits
Improved body tracking The enhanced fidelity of the depth camera, combined with improvements in the software, have led to a number of body tracking developments. The latest sensor tracks as many as six complete skeletons (compared to two with the original sensor), and 25 joints per person (compared to 20 with the original sensor). The tracked positions are more anatomically correct and stable and the range of tracking is broader.
Depth sensing
512 x 424
30 Hz
FOV: 70 x 60
One mode: .5–4.5 meters
With higher depth fidelity and a significantly improved noise floor, the sensor gives you improved 3D visualization, improved ability to see smaller objects and all objects more clearly, and improves the stability of body tracking.
1080p color camera
30 Hz (15 Hz in low light)
The color camera captures full, beautiful 1080p video that can be displayed in the same resolution as the viewing screen, allowing for a broad range of powerful scenarios. In addition to improving video communications and video analytics applications, this provides a stable input on which to build high quality, interactive applications.
New active infrared (IR) capabilities
512 x 424
30 Hz
In addition to allowing the sensor to see in the dark, the new IR capabilities produce a lighting-independent view—and you can now use IR and color at the same time.
Kinect for Xbox One sensor dimensions
(length x width x height)

9.8" x 2.6" x 2.63" (+/- 1/8")

24.9 cm x 6.6 cm x 6.7 cm

Length: The Kinect cable is approximately 9.5 feet (2.9 m) long

Weight: approximately 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)

Sensor FOV: 70 x 60

A multi-array microphone Four microphones to capture sound, record audio, as well as find the location of the sound source and the direction of the audio wave.

For more information on Kinect specifications, see Kinect 2.0 Features and Kinect for Windows Sensor Components and Specifications.

Learn more

The SDK offers support for developer tools like Unity Pro, and includes drivers, tools, APIs, device interfaces, and code samples to help you develop Kinect-enabled apps for commercial deployment.

Learn how to use different Kinect features and developer tools to provide interactive experiences that respond to gesture and voice.

Join the Kinect MSDN community and share your Windows app creations or tackle tricky problems with developers like yourself.

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