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Kinect for PC to Launch With No Licence Fee

mikejuk (1801200) writes | more than 2 years ago

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mikejuk (1801200) writes "When Steve Balmer took the stage for his last keynote at CES, he announced the date for Kinect for Windows to be launched, February 1, 2012. The fact that the new device will work in near mode i.e. down to 50cm isn't news but Microsoft has announced that it wont charge a license fee for the SDK. Instead it will make a profit on selling Kinects. And to stop you using the subsidized Xbox Kinect it has withdrawn permission to use its SDK for even non-commercial use. The Windows/PC connect will cost $249 — about $100 more than the XBox version."
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not worth $249 when it doesn't do anything (1)

jsepeta (412566) | more than 2 years ago | (#38652108)

once they've built apps, maybe microsoft can talk users into buying it, but as it stands right now, balmer is delusional if he believes consumers have an extra $249 sitting in their pocket for another desktop dust-collector.

Re:not worth $249 when it doesn't do anything (1)

mikejuk (1801200) | more than 2 years ago | (#38652638)

I think its a good compromise. MS could have charged a license fee for commercial use and so got a load of bad press for being restrictive and over controlling. By not charging a license fee they get some good will and can claim that they are only stopping you using the Xbox version because it is subsidized Also by keeping the Xbox version available they let people experiment and play with it with the option of moving to the Windows version if a commercial product results. Finally by offering an educational discount they even let education work with it at about the same price as the Xbox version. I don't really see what MS could have done more to make the pill of paying for Kinect any more palatable.

Re:not worth $249 when it doesn't do anything (1)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 2 years ago | (#38658314)

once they've built apps, maybe microsoft can talk users into buying it, but as it stands right now, balmer is delusional if he believes consumers have an extra $249 sitting in their pocket for another desktop dust-collector.

Well thanks Captain Obvious, what idiot is going to buy something they have no use for?

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