What is the best way to set up my Kinect 2.0 on my laptop?

I’m using Windows 7 for the majority of my work in UE4. But I have a separate laptop running Windows 8 so I can begin working with my Kinect 2.0. I noticed that in order to use the Kinect 2 correctly, my laptop needs to have either a USB 3 and or a eSATA plugin. My Windows 8 does NOT have the eSATA, but my Windows 7 does (which I obviously have to have Windows 8 for the Kinect 2.0 to start developing more impressive and easier use of body movements and facial recognition). Should I just get the 3.0 attachment that plugs into the 2.0 USB on my Windows 8 laptop, which is only about $6-$7 and do my Kinect development that way? I just like using Windows 7 and really dislike Windows 8 and 8.1.

Thanks everyone!

Couple Notes (as i’ve done some kinect work in UE4)

  1. Need Native Full Speed USB 3.0 (Must use Intel or Renasas USB controller. ASmedia has issues and sometimes can’t give full bandwidth and not supported by microsoft team)
  2. Currently there are 2 plugins that people use to work with UE4. Kinect 4 Windows v2.0 Plugin - C++ - Unreal Engine Forums and http://www.opaque.media/kinect-4-unreal/#about-k4u

Not sure why you need eSATA , or where you saw that?

However, You CANNOT use a converter/adapter to go USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 (or vise versa). The reason Kinect 2 uses USB 3 is because it needs all the data bandwidth to transfor information from the kinect 2, and USB2 does not have enough throughput.

Please excuse my ignorance on the matter and thanks for the quick response and help! So my windows 7 on my Intel will not work correctly, right, because I need Windows 8? And I need to have a "hard wired " USB 3.0 and not the 3.0 attachment that goes into the USB 2.0 because it’s not the native component to the laptop? And in 1., is that saying that all of those listed in the parentheses are not compatible ?

Thanks again!

I’m not sure if it works on windows 7 (Haven’t tested it or looked into it), Microsoft says they don’t support it Microsoft Developer , but you could try i suppose.

It requires a fully functional usb 3.0 port, because it needs all the bandwidth. Microsoft recommends an Intel(usually built in) or Renasas(usually an addon card) USB 3.0 controller.

Good: http://www.amazon.com/Optimal-Shop-Converter-Motherboard-Connector/dp/B008IPXOWU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452472220&sr=8-2&keywords=renesas+usb+3.0

Some “USB 3.0” ports (on motherboards, or expansion cards) use an ASMedia USB 3.0 controller, and Microsoft says they don’t support them because they don’t all have full usb 3.0 specifications. So it may be hit or miss.

Bad / not recommended (uses ASmedia USB 3 controller): Expansion Card: http://www.amazon.com/SD-PEX50064-Revision-Chipsets-Standard-Brackets/dp/B00NDJXGJ2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1452472274&sr=8-5&keywords=ASMedia+USB+3.0

Motherboard with ASmedia USB controller (scroll to USB section):https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/P9X79_LE/specifications/

Note: Many newer motherboards/laptops use Intel’s version, which is awesome! (cause intel supports it now), but a few years ago when it first came out ASMedia was the first to put “USB 3” on stuff but was not good at implementing it

I should add this waiver:

All the information regarding the USB 3.0 controllers was as of about a year ago. I don’t know if microsoft fixed/bypassed the issues with ASMedia controllers (I fell into the ASmedia group and had to replace mine to get it to work).

Okay, good deal and thanks again! I’ll give it a shot, probably tomorrow and see how that goes.

Thanks again for the reply!