Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows will hit retail shelves on February 1. The hardware will be sold for $249 but will only be available in "limtied quantities" at launch.
Kinect for Windows hardware and software will launch on February 1 in 12 different countries. The countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and United Kingdom. The hardware will sell for $249 to start and will be offered in limited quantities at launch.
The purchase price includes a one-year warranty and access to software updates as they are made for speech and human tracking. Microsoft says that the money on the Windows platform from Kinect will be made on the hardware and the software and SDK will be offered for free. Later in 2012, Microsoft will launch discount educational pricing on the Kinect for Windows at $149.99.