How to use the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10

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How to use the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10

Here's what you need to do to use the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10: 1. Install Kinect for Windows Runtime 2.0 2. Install Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 3. Restart your PC

In case you are looking for a webcam to use on your PC, you can use the Xbox Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10. Once you make your Kinect a webcam on Windows 10, you can use it for video calls on Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, and more. Using the Kinect as a sign-in option for Windows Hello is much easier than relying on a PIN or password, and the Kinect can recognize you much faster. There is not much else you can use a Kinect for nowadays, as Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect in 2017, including Kinect-powered games available via Backward Compatibility on Xbox Series X|S. If you do not already have an Xbox One Kinect Sensor, you need to buy a Kinect sensor and the Kinect Adapter for Windows 10 PC.

Kinect Adapter for Windows 10 PC
Kinect Adapter for Windows 10 PC

Unfortunately, Microsoft ceased manufacturing the Kinect sensor and Kinect adapter in 2017, so outside of using the Kinect as a webcam, there is not much else you can use the Kinect sensor for, unless you develop your own UWP app in the Microsoft Store.

Here's what you need to do to use the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10:

1. Install Kinect for Windows Runtime 2.0
2. Install Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0
3. Restart your PC

Once you have completed these steps, you can open the camera app on Windows 10 to verify that the Kinect is working as a webcam. Microsoft has a webpage dedicated to the Kinect, but keep in mind not all the links listed will work.  There is no limit to what you can do using the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10.

There is a Kinect plugin for Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) that can use the Kinect for streaming on Twitch. More information on the OBS plugin is available on GitHub. GitHub already has a plethora of projects recently updated and available for the Kinect.

How would you use the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.

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