The Kinect for Windows sensor is a physical device that, when used with a computer and the accompanying Kinect for Windows software developer kit, provides companies and developers with the foundation they need to create interactive applications that recognize peoples' natural movements, gestures, and voice commands.
End users and businesses use the sensor, with its built-in RGB camera, infrared emitter, depth sensor, and microphone array, to run Kinect for Windows touch-free applications.
To use a Kinect for Windows sensor you will need a computer with the following:
- Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Embedded Standard 7, or Windows Embedded POSReady 7
- 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) processor
- Dual-core 2.66-GHz or faster processor
- Dedicated USB 2.0 bus
- 2 GB RAM
Kinect Fusion (Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 and 1.8) also requires:
- DirectX 11 compatible GPU
- Recommended minimal GPU: Nvidia GTX650, AMD Radeon 6950, or greater
For recommended computer configurations for high performance applications, refer to the developer section of our FAQ.
Install the Kinect for Windows sensor
Before you plug the Kinect for Windows sensor into your PC, you may first need to install the Kinect for Windows-enabled application. Consult with the developer of the application. To install the sensor:
- Plug the cable from the Kinect for Window sensor into the USB connector (small black connector), and then plug the USB portion of the power cord that is labeled "Kinect" on the top into the other end of the connector.
- Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet, and then plug the USB connector into your PC.
- The drivers will load automatically.
- Verify that the Kinect for Windows sensor is streaming skeletal, color image, depth image, and audio data. There should be a solid green LED on the front of the Kinect for Windows sensor.
- The Kinect for Windows sensor will appear in Device Manager under "Microsoft Kinect" as Microsoft Kinect Audio Array Control, Microsoft Kinect Camera, and Microsoft Kinect Security Control. The Kinect for Windows sensor's microphone array will appear in the Device Manager under "Sound, video, and game controllers" as Microsoft Kinect USB Audio.
Get help setting up your Kinect for Windows sensor, troubleshooting advice, warranty and safety information, and more.
End-user license agreement
Read the licensing agreement for using the Kinect for Windows software development kit and any related updates, supplements, documentation, and support services in your country/region.