This topic lists the features that are new in Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 that improve on Kinect for Windows SDK 1.8. The new release of the Kinect for Windows SDK contains the following features:

  • Ability to use the Xbox One Kinect Sensor
  • Wider horizontal and vertical field of view for depth and color
  • Full HD color
  • Lighting Independent Infrared (30 fps)
  • Depth fidelity (3x)
  • Improved microphone (zero balanced)
  • 25 point skeleton for a total of six people (each person has 25 skeletal joints)
  • Thumb tracking, end of hand tracking, open and closed hand gestures
  • Improved range of high quality operation (.5 meters near, 4.5 meters far)
  • Multiple apps can utilize the sensor simultaneously

The following links explore various Kinect for Windows 2.0 operational and technical capabilities of the device: