Kinect for Windows to be released next month.
Microsoft has announced the Kinect for Windows system will be available on February 1, for a huge US$249. Yep, that’s at least $100 more than the Xbox version.
Microsoft puts the price difference down to the fact that it can only sell the Xbox version so cheaply as it makes up the loss by having customers pay for Xbox Gold memberships, as well as buying other games and the Xbox console itself.
While unconfirmed, there is unlikely any difference in the actual modules themselves, so in theory users could pick up Kinect for Xbox for $149 (or less on special), and download the software - the Kinect for Windows SDK - and save $100.
Of course Microsoft discourages that, saying the device is “not licensed for general commercial use, supported or under warranty when used on any other platform”.