Microsoft has made some questionable decisions over the past 12 months. First, there was the Windows 8 debacle, where Microsoft attempted to force changes onto users – like removing the Start button – without giving them any option to reverse those changes.
Then there was the infamous Xbox One announcement, where Microsoft attempted to con users into the world’s most restrictive DRM policies. Microsoft has now reversed some of its Xbox One policies and it even added a Start button (but no Start menu) to Windows 8.1
Well, here’s another controversial decision to add to the list: the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor – which comes automatically bundled with every console – will not be able to connect to your PC because it features a proprietary connector.
Well, like most smart hardware and software companies, Microsoft will release an adaptor, right? Wrong. In a statement to ArsTechnica, Microsoft said that:
“The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adapter that allows it to plug into a computer…The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB 3 port.”
In other words, it will be impossible to use your Xbox One Kinect on your PC, and you’ll instead have to purchase a PC-only accessory, which would probably cost around $100. So if you want to access Kinect on both your PC and Xbox One, you’ll need to buy two Kinect sensors.
Hopefully, modders will be able to create some sort of adapter for the Xbox One. But knowing Microsoft, they’re going to make it difficult to do that.