How to use the Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10 when you run out of hope

Dave W. Shanahan

Kinect as a webcam

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Updated January 12, 2023.

Did you know you can use the Xbox One Kinect as a webcam on Windows 10?

It’s true. Once you make your Kinect a webcam, you can use it to take pictures or for video calls on Microsoft Teams.

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.

Kinect as a webcam

kinect as a webcam
Kinect Adapter for Windows 10 PC

Microsoft stopped making the Kinect sensor and adapter in 2017, so there’s not much use for either.

Here’s what you need to install on your PC to use the Kinect as a webcam:

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

Once you complete these steps, open the camera app on Windows 10 to verify the Kinect is working as a webcam.

There is a webpage dedicated to Kinect, as well as a Kinect plugin for OBS you can use on Twitch.

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