Kinect tools and resources

Find the tools you need—whether you're building classic Kinect for Windows applications or Windows Store apps for Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows Embedded 8, and Windows 10.
Kinect SDK and Unity Pro

Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0

The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0 enables you to create commercial or Windows Store apps and experiences that support gesture and voice recognition by using C++, C#, Visual Basic, or any other .NET language or Windows Store projection. The integrated developer toolkit includes sample applications with access to full source code, Kinect Studio, and resources to simplify and speed up application development.

Tools and extensions

Windows developer tools

These tools include a free, full-featured Visual Studio Community 2015 client, universal app templates, a code editor, a powerful debugger, Windows Mobile emulators, rich language support, and more, all ready to use in production.

NuGet and Unity Pro add-ons

Install the Kinect SDK 2.0 and use the NuGet packages for a better .NET Framework development experience. You can also take advantage of the Unity Pro packages to build Kinect-based Unity apps.

Kinect for Windows language packs

The language packs enable you to add speech recognition to your Kinect for Windows apps.

DirectX SDK

Because the Windows SDK is the primary developer SDK for Windows, DirectX is now included in it. You can now use the Windows SDK to build great games for Windows.

Microsoft Speech Platform SDK 11

You can use the technologies and tools in the Speech Platform SDK 11 to give applications the ability to recognize spoken words (speech recognition) and to generate synthesized speech (text-to-speech or TTS). Using this SDK, you can give users an effective and natural way to interact with your applications, complementing the use of mice, keyboards, controllers, and gestures.

Kinect Configuration Verifier

Run the Kinect Configuration Verifier tool to check your system for issues and to verify that you’re running the latest driver for your GPU.

Other developer resources

Developer content

Learn how to implement different Kinect for Windows features and more about tools, like Kinect Studio, that support your development experience.


Connect with Microsoft and other developers like yourself on technical forums, Facebook, and Twitter to keep current on the latest news and announcements relevant to Windows app and game development.

Hardware support

Get troubleshooting advice, warranty and safety information, and more.

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